Nasal hygiene: Why is cleaning your nose daily important for overall health?

Your nose is essential for conditioning the air you breathe and for maintaining a disease free body. Hence, nasal hygiene is vital.
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Dr Usha Chennuru Published: 9 Jun 2022, 12:34 pm IST
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From a very young age, we learn the importance of dental hygiene. As critical as dental health is for our well-being, the same goes for nasal health too. Most often we tend to ignore it, and there is a lack of awareness about its importance. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, the outlook toward nasal hygiene is witnessing a radical change and people across the globe are becoming increasingly conscious about it.

Why is nasal hygiene so important?

Your nose is essential for conditioning the air you breathe apart from humidifying and controlling the temperature of the air you inhale. It facilitates optimal oxygen intake and discharge of carbon dioxide. Since nasal hygiene involves keeping your nasal passages clean, clear, and moisturized, it enhances all the  functions of your nose and reduces any congestion that disrupts breathing or causes irritation.

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What happens when you don’t clean your nose?

Since your nostrils are exposed to the environmental air, they can become accumulation areas for dust, pollution, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The presence of such foreign substances can trigger multiple problems such as  infections, diseases, and sicknesses. Your nose acts as the first line of defense against these foreign substances. According to experts, a clear nasal passage protects you and helps you sleep better as well. If you are prone to allergies, nasal hygiene is a must.

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How to maintain nasal hygiene?

Nasal washing using saltwater or saline spray is the most recommended way of keeping your nose clean. A salt and water solution is effective in clearing out mucus, crusts, germs, and other pollutants from your nose. However, ensure that the solution does not have too much salt as it can lead to irritation and cause a burning sensation. Some medicated products even carry isotonic sea salt and glycerine, which provide the necessary moisturization.

When to clean your nose?

Many people are concerned regarding the best time to practice their nasal cleanliness routine. Well, you should do it once in the morning and again in the evening. A nasal wash before starting your day will clean all the pollutants that might have accumulated over the night time. On the other hand, a rinse before bed will clear out your nasal cavity, consequently improving your breathing and facilitating a peaceful sleep. If you step out  frequently, make sure you are cleaning your nose properly as it can significantly reduce the chances of cold and other nasal allergies.

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