Not many of my readers know this but I work a part-time job at a grocery store. The other day, a customer came close to me and whispered, “You just touched your nose. Could you use some hand sanitizer before touching my groceries?” Or, something to that effect. I was mortified. First off, my nose itch is chronic and constant. It’s embarrassing but there’s nothing I can do about it.
And I didn’t pick my nose; I scratched it with the back of my finger. I must do this at least 100 times per day without even thinking about it. Hearing this customer mention it, even politely, brought back terrible memories of my childhood when children wouldn’t even come near me and called me a “nose picker” because I couldn’t keep my hands away from my nose.
It got so bad a doctor prescribed a topical analgesic (numbing cream) to be put on my nose everyday just so I’d stop scratching it. Of course, it didn’t do anything to address the underlying cause but at least it stopped the horrible itch for a while.
Now, I just live with it. Nobody had commented on it now that I’m an adult until this woman. I’m over my embarrassment and figured it would make a good article. If you or your child struggle with this problem, this post explains what causes chronic nose itch and what to do to relieve it.
- Allergic Rhinitis
If you have chronic nose itch especially itching and discharge, coupled with nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes and post-nasal drip, you’ve probably got allergic rhinitis. Thankfully, there are plenty of natural remedies for nasal allergies. These include local honey, echinacea, probiotics and butterbur. These remedies, especially probiotics and local honey have helped me a great deal.
- Intestinal Parasites
It is estimated that a whopping four out of five people have intestinal parasites. They can be picked up from soil, contaminated water or food or from sexual contact. Symptoms of intestinal parasites include itchy nose, gurgling intestines, chronic flatulence, chronic diarrhea, anal itching, personality changes, irritability, insomnia and waking each night at 3am.
This last one might sound a bit strange to you but a couple of years ago, I had intestinal parasites and this kept happening to me. This article can help you cure intestinal parasites naturally.
- Food Allergies
If you are sensitive to a certain food, your immune system will produce a large amount of histamine each time you eat it. This can cause itchy nose, itchy skin, rashes and swelling. Certain foods contain high amounts of histamine and may cause chronic nose itch than others.
These foods include:
- Soy Sauce
- Hard Cheeses
- Red Wine
- Cured Ham and Bacon (Nitrates)
- Tomato Puree
What stinks is other than the beer, I pretty much love everything on this list and it’s not helping me. If you notice your itching nose gets worse when you eat these foods, you might have a mild sensitivity to them.
Also, undiagnosed gluten intolerance may cause chronic nose itch, itching and discharge, chronic diarrhea, constipation, sudden weight loss, brain fog and muscle aches.
If these symptoms sound like what you’re experiencing, cut gluten from your diet completely for one month. Then, reintroduce gluten foods to test for a reaction. If your symptoms return with a vengeance, you’re one of the millions of people who have gluten intolerance.
- Dry Skin
Chronic dry skin due to low humidity, dehydration or autoimmune disease can cause irritating nose itch. Simple dry skin can be easily remedied by using a humidifier in your home and treating your dry skin with natural coconut oil or olive oil.
- Skin Disorders (Psoriasis, Eczema, Hives)
Skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and hives causes chronic itching nose as well. Psoriasis and eczema can flare up inside the nose, causing embarrassing nose itch and discomfort. Echinacea tea can help ease this terrible itch naturally. You can drink it or use it directly on the itch for immediate, lasting relief. Chamomile tea also has similar anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory health benefits.
Being accused of being a “nose picker” at any time in your life isn’t funny. It’s ridiculous. If you suffer from chronic nose itch like me, just know you’re not alone. Eventually you just learn to scratch when others aren’t looking and thankfully most people, unless they see you knuckle-deep in nostril, won’t call you out publicly for it.
Hang in there. Test yourself for food allergies and experiment with natural allergy remedies. The nose itch may never completely go away but at least you can get it under control.
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