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Lip Balm for Sore Nose

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Q. I have found a very helpful use for Burt's Bees peppermint lip balm. My nose got really sore the last time I had a cold. Applying the lip balm to my nose and upper lip gave me instant relief. My nose healed within a couple of days.

A. Burt's Bees Lip Balm has a beeswax base with no petroleum products. So far as we know, this type of short-term use should not pose any hazards.

We usually discourage people from using products with a petroleum jelly base in or near the nose, because we are concerned that inhalation of petrolatum might lead to lung inflammation in susceptible individuals. There is more information on alleviating cold symptoms in our Guide to Colds, Coughs and the Flu.

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NOT DRY MOUTH! Doctors want to call it "dry mouth" and treat it as such, but it is not! At night or when I nap my lips sag open a tiny bit and my body wants to breathe through my mouth, forcibly. It sucks the air strongly through my almost closed lips leaving my tongue and throat miserably dry. Sometimes my mouth is so dry I cannot open my lips, and I have had to hold my chin and mouth in a bowl of warm water and suck water in to re-hydrate.
I cannot talk nor move my tongue when it happens. Sometimes my tongue is so dry that if I tap it with my finger I can hear the sound.

This does not happen 'once a night' but every time I fall asleep. Chin straps did not work.

After experiments with different types of tape (including the always-solutions of duck tape) I found that paper tape (available all drug stores) works perfectly. First I use lip balm to keep the tape from sticking to the lips themselves, then I use a 4 inch length of the paper tape with a tab folded at one end for easy and quick removal. It works! And it is completely comfortably.

Five years I have been doing this and nights are wonderful now. I've never had a problem.. well, once I got up in the morning and went to the sink for a drink and tried to put the glass to my mouth only to discover I had not taken the tape off. You don't even know you have the tape on.

My husband told me he uses lip balm on his nose when it's sore. Our favorite Burt's Bee Balm is the Honey one as it's more soothing than the mint based ones.

Puffs Plus Tissues With Lotion have always done the trick for me.

I have seen two ENT doctors for a sore Nose. (scab inside the nostril). Scabs keep coming back. Do you have a remedy? Pearl

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