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Will vaseline in your nose cause pneumonia?

Will vaseline in your nose cause pneumonia?

Depends: Vaseline is great for dry mucus membranes of the nose. One can apply it with a q -tip twice to three times a day. It can really help prevent nosebleeds, especially in the winter. But vaseline is not recommended for those who are on nasal cannula oxygen. The oxygen flow can overtime "push" the vaseline into your lungs and inflame them. But otherwise it is generally safe to use. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lipid/lipoid pneumonia when putting vaseline in the nose?

Is it possible to get lipid/lipoid pneumonia when putting vaseline in the nose?

Very unlikely: Extremely unlikely as vaseline is thick and would not be easily aspirated. ...Read more

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Read somewhere that vaseline near your nose can cause breathing problems because of the stuff its made with. Can it?

Read somewhere that vaseline near your nose can cause breathing problems because of the stuff its made with. Can it?

Near or in?: Vasoline can obstruct your breathing if you inhale it. Under you nose is okay. In your nose is not recommended. ...Read more

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Can small amount of Vaseline in nostril ( to treat dry nose/nose bleeds) cause immediate post nasal drip and hence coughing?

Can small amount of Vaseline in nostril ( to treat dry nose/nose bleeds) cause immediate post nasal drip and hence coughing?

Not typical: That is not a typical response but not worrisome if that is occurring. You may also try a nasal gel like ChitoRhino Nasal gel for a dry, crusting nose. ...Read more

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Will breathing in melted vaseline from the microwave cause pnemonia?

Will breathing in melted vaseline from the microwave cause pnemonia?

Lipoid pneumonia: Inhaling vaseline is not a good idea; don't do it in the future. Any oily substance can accumulate in the lung alveoli and cause a chronic type of pneumonia called lipoid pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to put vaseline in your nose everyday?

Is it harmful to put vaseline in your nose everyday?

No: Vaseline is actually a good moisturizing agent. Especially in the winter, when the air is quite dry, it may keep the skin of your nose from cracking and bleeding. Should cause no problems. ...Read more

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Is there something other than vaseline to help with irritated skin on nose?

Is there something other than vaseline to help with irritated skin on nose?

Depends: What is causing irritated skin on the nose? Sun burn? Abrasion? Use of a treatment cream or scrub? Eczema? Rosacea? Vaseline has the advantage of being "bland", and is helpful as a barrier, however it is not the best option for each of the conditions noted above. ...Read more

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Few day ago I was in the sun an my nose was pink so I put Vaseline. today skin from nose peeled off what do I do? Can I peel it off?

Few day ago I was in the sun an my nose was pink so I put Vaseline. today skin from nose peeled off what do I do? Can I peel it off?

Don't get sunburnt: this is skin reacting to sun damage--avoiding sun exposure (or minimizing it with using high SPF sun screen and reapplying it as needed ) prevents sun skin damage ...Read more

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Is it safe to put Vaseline inside the nose to relieve dryness?

Is it safe to put Vaseline inside the nose to relieve dryness?

Oh, absolutely: A very small dab of petroleum jelly (Vaseline), applied to both sides of the septum (middle part of the nose) just barely inside the nostrils is the best way to relieve seasonal dryness which contributes to recurrent nose bleeds. Don't use a lot and don't go too deep! At night before bed is a good time to apply it. ...Read more

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My nose gets very dry at night. Can i put vaseline inside of it while i sleep? I read on the internet that could be dangerous.

My nose gets very dry at night.  Can i put vaseline inside of it while i sleep?  I read on the internet that could be dangerous.

Possibly: Because vasoline is fat-based, it is possible that applied vasoline to the nose can be inhaled into the lungs. This is not very likely if used sparingly, but can occur. If that happens over a period of time, it can lead to lipoid pneumonia. When treating your dry nose it is best to use a water-based lubricant such as a saline gel that can be purchased over-the-counter. ...Read more

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What is the best cream to apply on a dry red nose after blowing and wiping it because of a cold? Is vaseline good for the relief from irritation?

What is the best cream to apply on a dry red nose after blowing and wiping it because of a cold? Is vaseline good for the relief from irritation?

Several options: Vaseline is not a bad choice, but it basically just provides a barrier. Can also consider zinc oxide or an otc Hydrocortisone cream. Generally things will improve within a little time after the runny, stuffy nose resolves. Consider also a nasal decongestant to reduce the need to blow and wipe your nose. ...Read more

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I had a cold last week. now above my lip and right under my nose is bright red, dry, and burning. I put Vaseline to soothe it but now slightly swolLen?

I had a cold last week. now above my lip and right under my nose is bright red, dry, and burning. I put Vaseline to soothe it but now slightly swolLen?

Lip lesion remedy: Following an illness, some people may get ulcers or sores in or around their mouth. Your symptoms sound like you may have a herpetic lesion. The virus lasts about 11 days and can be treated topically with OTC creams. A pharmacist can help you with that selection. Also, you can see your dentist or MD and get a Rx for acyclovir tablets which will speed up the healing process. ...Read more

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What can I do for a dry nose? Have tried polysporian,saline,olive oil, coconut oil and Vaseline. Nothing helps. It cracks open then I get Mrsa.

What can I do for a dry nose? Have tried polysporian,saline,olive oil, coconut oil and Vaseline. Nothing helps. It cracks open then I get Mrsa.

Humidify the air: So sorry to hear you've tried so many things that haven't worked. Assuming you're not using nasal steroids for allergies or medications that dry your nose (antihistamines, etc, but there are many others), humidifying the air in your environment with a humidifier or vaporizer is probably the only thing that might help. ...Read more

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Pea sized amount of vaseline 1-2x daily good idea to help nostril recover from dry air which was causing nosebleeds? How far up the nose to lube?

Pea sized amount of vaseline 1-2x daily good idea to help nostril recover from dry air which was causing nosebleeds?  How far up the nose to lube?

Yes vaseline is good: It is very useful to apply Vaseline to the dry skin. In the nose areas you can apply it with your finger tip which can go up the nostrils for about 1/2 inch before it becomes uncomfortable, then you stop right there and gently rub it to spread the moisture around.. ...Read more

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