Learn the cause and solutions to dry mucous chunks in your nose every morning.

Regarding what causes chunks of dry mucous to build up in one’s nose overnight and cause a blockage in the morning, the expert source is Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology.

“Nasal dryness is a more frequent issue in high altitude and colder climates,” says Dr. Silvers. 

“If the nose is dry then mucous will dry, causing it to get stuck in the nose.”

Sinus Congestion

“Chronic congestion and nasal obstruction causes oral breathing; this can dry out the mouth and the nose especially at night,” adds Dr. Silvers.

“Dry membranes lead to dried mucous and ‘dry mucous chunks’ in the morning.”

If the problem is related to structural blockage in the nasal passages, the buildup of dry mucous will likely be greater on one side of the nose than the other.

“Patients actively suffering with a cold or with nasal allergies may have higher mucous production that does not clear.”

Dr. Silvers recommends a morning sinus rinse to clear out the accumulation of the unpleasant substance.

Using a neti pot every morning can help prevent this problem. 

A humidifier overnight may also be helpful. Give it a try.

Neti pot

An NYC expert in ear, nose and throat care, Dr. Silvers has been named among America’s Top Physicians and Surgeons in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology numerous times since 2003.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 
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