[Healthline] Does COVID-19 cause dry nose?


[Healthline] Does COVID-19 cause dry nose?

COVID-19 is a respiratory infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Symptoms vary from person to person, but the most typical symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Tired
  • Fever or chills

COVID-19 has also been linked to a range of other symptoms such as loss of smell, diarrhea, sore throat, and vomiting. About 17.9 to 33.3% of people with this condition do not develop any symptoms.

Dry nose can be a symptom of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. But having a dry nose in the absence of more typical COVID-19 symptoms is unlikely to be a sign of infection.

Check out how COVID-19 causes dry nose and what other nasal symptoms could be a sign of a COVID-19 infection.

Is dry nose a sign of COVID-19?

A dry nose occurs when your sinuses don’t produce enough mucus to keep them moist. The virus that causes COVID-19 can interfere with mucus production.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is thought to enter your cells through an enzyme called angiotensin-converting hormone 2 (ACE2). This enzyme is found in many tissues in your body, including the epithelial cells that cover the nasal cells and the goblet cells that produce mucus.

Nasal symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to those of other upper respiratory tract infections and sometimes include a burning or dry nose. But it’s not clear how common these symptoms are.

A study conducted in 2020 found that a group of 35 people infected with COVID-19 reported having a strange feeling in their nose or excessive dryness much more often than those without COVID-19. 52% of people in the COVID-19 group reported feeling like repeatedly “douging their nose”, compared with 3% of people in the control group.

The researchers also found that nasal dryness often occurs with complete or partial loss of smell and taste, and tends to precede other COVID-19 symptoms.

More research is needed to verify these findings.

COVID-19 and bleeding nose

It is not clear whether COVID-19 increases the likelihood of nosebleeds. Some studies suggest that nosebleeds may be more common in people with COVID-19 than in those without. For example, a 2020 study found that 11% of 54 people infected with COVID-19 who lost their sense of smell also had nosebleeds.

Medicine do decongestant and dry nose

A review of studies conducted in 2020 found that 4.1% of people in a group of 1773 people with COVID-19 had a stuffy nose. Using a decongestant to combat a stuffy nose can lead to a dry nose.

Dry nose and Is the throat one symptom infected COVID-19?

Along with causing a dry nose, COVID-19 can also lead to a dry and sore throat. A study conducted in August 2020 found that out of 223 adults infected with COVID-19, 16.1% had a dry throat.

The symptoms about most common nose of COVID-19

The most common nasal symptom of COVID-19 is a change in the ability to smell. An increasing number of people report partial or complete loss of smell, as well as impaired olfactory function. Some studies suggest that these symptoms may be present in more than half of people with COVID-19.

Nasal congestion and runny nose have both been reported in people with COVID-19. A review of studies conducted in 2020 found that out of a group of 1,773 people with confirmed COVID-19 infection, 4.1% had a stuffy nose and 2.1% had a runny nose.

Common symptoms of COVID-19

Researchers have improved their understanding of COVID-19 symptoms as they have had more time to study the virus. Symptoms that appear most often include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Tired
  • Short of breath
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomit
  • Stuffy nose
  • Snivel
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Body aches

Do people who recover from COVID-19 have dry nose?

Some COVID-19 symptoms have been found to persist long after infection. For example, some studies report that people lose their sense of smell or experience changes in smell for 3 months or longer.

Currently, there is no scientific evidence that dry nose persists after COVID-19 infection.

A review of studies published in March 2021 identified more than 50 persistent symptoms in people recovering from COVID-19 infection, but dry nose was not one of the identified symptoms. .

But it’s possible that a dry nose could be identified as a symptom in the future.

WOMENmenother cause cause dry nose

Many conditions besides COVID-19 infection can also cause dry nose. Here are some potential causes.

  • Other infections. Other respiratory infections like the common cold or sinus infections can lead to dryness, inflammation, and burning.
  • Seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies often irritate the sinuses and lead to inflammation and dryness. Certain allergy medications can also contribute to an inflamed and dry nose.
  • Medicine do decongestants. Decongestants tend to dry out the sinuses by reducing mucus production.
  • Wear gauze mask during that time long. Wearing certain types of masks such as N95 respirators has been linked to the development of dry eyes and nose.
  • Dry air. Exposure to dry air can lead to irritation and dryness of the nose. The air tends to be especially dry during the winter months.
  • Loss of water. Not drinking enough water increases the chances of your mucous membranes becoming dry, especially if you are already dehydrated easily.

When to see a doctor about dry nose? ?

A dry nose has many potential causes. If you have other COVID-19 symptoms or think you may have COVID-19, you should isolate yourself from others and treat your symptoms at home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends isolation:

  • At least 10 days from onset of symptoms AND
  • Once you have gone through at least 24 hours without a fever and without taking antipyretics AND
  • Until your other symptoms improve


You should seek medical help if you also experience any of the CDC’s emergency symptoms, which are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Have any newly developed disorders?
  • Unable to wake up or stay awake
  • Pale, gray or blue lips, nails or skin
  • Any other relevant health changes

It may be difficult for people with dark skin to notice skin discoloration, which indicates a more severe hypoxia in light-skinned people.


The virus that causes COVID-19 has the potential to disrupt mucus production and dry out your nose. But a dry nose without more typical flu-like symptoms is unlikely to be a sign of COVID-19 infection. Fever, cough, and fatigue are among the more typical symptoms.

A dry nose can have many other potential causes including exposure to dry air, wearing a mask for long periods of time, and allergies.

Translated by: Vy Nguyen

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-nasal-passages-covid

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