Dry nose

by Rose

I am 48 years old, in February I began experiencing a very dry nose that disrupted my life completely, I was unable to relax, sleep, or rest. I have been to many different doctors, they were unable to figure out what happened to me.

Finally, I realized I was perimenopausal and began BHRT, I started on Vivelle Dot patches, then switched to Biest. I am waiting to begin an estrogen cream, I must wait for my menstrual cycle to begin, it is now late, for the first time in years.

My question is, has anyone else suffered an extreme dry nose from menopause, and did BHRT alleviate the dry nose? My moods have already improved. The Biest contains estriol and estradiol, the estriol is supposed to hydrate the body's tissues.

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Sep 01, 2009
Dry Nose
by: BH

All I can tell you is that in the last month or so I have experienced a very dry nose also. Last time I had a saliva test (ZRT), back in March my E2 was still considered normal but it was at the very low end of normal. Progesterone was was up to 813 in June but I did not have E2 done at that time. However the last period I had a few weeks ago was very light so maybe my estrogen is getting even lower...

Sep 08, 2009
Dry nose
by: Wray

Hi Rose. A lack of omega 3 fish oil can lead to a dry nose, please consider taking some, about 5ml/day. Adding flax oil to your diet would also be benficial. Progesterone can help, but I see you're not using any. Progesterone is a vasodilator, which means it brings more blood to the nose. A progesterone cream put in the nose can be very helpful and soothing, as it's also an anti-inflammatory. It also strengthens collagen which helps. Oestrogen certainly causes water retention, so I suppose you could say it hydrates! If you're going to continue with the oestrogen, please consider using progesterone too. Unopposed oestrogen is dangerous, please see this web page.

Sep 14, 2009
Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you... I will try the omega 3 and flax seed oil, I just started the progesterone cream this past Saturday, hopefully it will do the trick.

Jul 17, 2010
Dry Nose
by: Anonymous

I too, suffer from dry nasal passages since my hysterectomy in 2006. I went to an ENT finally last month to learn there is no reason for the dryness other than "it could be from menopause" from the doctor. A cat scan was done along with measurement of the pressure in my ears which came back normal. I find Ocean Spray saline spray helps a great deal. All the best! Diana.

Aug 14, 2010
Dry Nose
by: Buffy

In the last few years I have been suffering from a very dry nose and mouth. I have tried drinking more water. The hot summer we are having has kept me inside more with the A/C running, so that can be drying my nose out. The heat in the winter also is very drying. I wake up in the early morning hours and going for a glass of water. I just feel miserable at times. In the last few days I have been taking a couple of Omega-3 fish oil tablets and I think I am getting some relief. I might add that I am through menopause, so that is one reason that I am suffering. All those hormones must keep you young and provide some moisture for you skin.

Aug 18, 2010
Dry Nose
by: Wray

Hi Buffy Although dry weather, the A/C and heating in winter don't help, it's most probably being caused by excess oestrogen, as this causes dry eyes and mouth. In very severe cases it develops into Sjogren's syndrome, where high levels of oestrogen have been obsererved. Sjogren's affects far more women than men, the ratio is 9:1, understandable as we make far more oestrogen then men. Please see this paper here. Progesterone can be used to counter the oestrogen, I generally recommend between 100-200mg/day. Please see our page on Menopause for more info. If you should consider using progesterone, please see this web page first on Oestrogen Dominance. It's excellent for ageing too, for the skin, nerve degeneration, dementia and more. Take care Wray

Aug 03, 2011
Nose Dryness
by: Anonymous

Hello, I just started to experience a nose dryness and I too could not sleep or rest at night. It made me very anxious at night only. I was kind of freaking out until a friend told me it could be low estrogen since it is a moisturizer.

Aug 05, 2013
Dry nose / Progesterone / Neti Pot
by: Beansprout

Wray - I know you recommended that I rub progesterone cream all over the outside of my nose to help relieve dry, swollen nasal passages. But if I've read the previous comments here correctly it is safe to rub "inside" the nose? I just need you to clarify that's true before I try it. Also, how often and how much. Is it best to use a Q-tip or just a finger?

To anyone else reading this buying a Neti Pot will change your life and almost immediately. I bought mine very inexpensively at Walgreen's. The kit included the Neti Pot and 30 all-natural saline packets. Be sure to use distilled water and not tap water unless you boil and cool it first. It is safe to use the Net-Pot every 2 hours as needed. It will help alleviate symptoms caused by allergies, sinus infections, dry air, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, and rhinitis caused by pregnancy and menopause and promotes better breathing. I, too, have been plagued with nasal stuffiness and swollen nasal membranes that also disrupted my sleep and cause me to feel anxious.

It works quickly, too. Giving you immediate relief. It will even reduce the intensity and duration of the common cold and in many cases prevent you from ever getting sick in the first place. Well worth the $14.

I hope this helps,


Aug 06, 2013
Dry nose / Progesterone / Neti Pot
by: Wray

Hi Beansprout I've often used it in my nose when dry or sore, also in my vagina, in my ears, in fact there is no where that I haven't used it, except in my eyes. I always use a finger, I don't like to waste a drop. There are nasal progesterone sprays, as the nose lining absorbs it well. Thanks for the further info on the Neti pot, sounds excellent, cheap too. Take care Wray

Aug 06, 2013
Progesterone Spray
by: Beansprout

Wray - All very interesting. Where does one purchase progesterone nasal spray? Also, why the vagina? Is it a faster delivery method or is it used as a lubricant?

Yes, I want to give all of my menopausal sisters a Neti Pot for Christmas. = )


Aug 07, 2013
Progesterone Spray
by: WRAY

Hi Beansprout Well I have no idea! I've just had a look, and all I came up with were many studies using one, see these two here and here. All date back to the 1981's and early 90's. Knowing how difficult it is to get it to dissolve, the solvent used would have to be non toxic. Thanks to you I continued searching and came across a fascinating paper, see here, "Building on promising research conducted by Emory University and its own SyNAPSe® study of BHR-100, an intravenous progesterone formulation for the treatment of severe TBI, BHR Pharma is developing BHR-310, an intranasal progesterone powder. This ready-for-use nasal spray is being evaluated as a potential treatment for wounded warriors or athletes with TBI at the site of injury." I have done a page on Traumatic Brain Injury due to the work Emory have done. I wish I could get our cream out to the soldiers too, but would a government listen to me?! It's excellent for PTSD too. Although the studies indicate it should be used within 12 hours of injury, if you read the story on the page, you'll see her step son was in a coma for 6 days before she used it, our cream too. So it doesn't matter what delivery system is used, provided it's efficient. They usually give it via IV transfusion to TBI victims. But evidently the cream is as good. The nose, vagina too, both have a plentiful supply of blood vessels which take up the progesterone...."rapidly absorbed intranasal progesterone." It's excellent for vaginal dryness or inflammation too. Good, but strange present, would love to see their faces! Take care Wray

Jan 11, 2014
Dry Nasal passages
by: Karen

it started September 2013' not long after I fell and fractured my right shoulder. It's funny because it's seems the right side is worse, which is the same side as fractured should, went to ent he looked inside with camera and side the right nostril was really red inside and but me on levaquin for sinus infection, it did not help. I now have sores of course right side, went to another ent and he said I have a ulcer and gave me a cream to put inside. Now I am having sinus pressure at the bridge of my nose a sinus headaches so ent put me on Biaxin. I pray this is the miracle drug that will help. So tired of this dryness. I have a friend that said she though it could be memopause? I have a appointment with my OBGYN on Feb 5th, So waiting the hear want she has to say, just want my life back

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