Find out what you can do about morning hard mucus in your nose and what causes this disgusting problem.

Morning snot can be such a problem for some individuals that they actually seem to have trouble breathing—getting air through their nasal passages.

Unfortunately, the solution isn’t as simple as grabbing a tissue and blowing because the “snot” is solidified.

Causes of Morning Snot

“Low humidity climates and cold dry air will dry out the nose,” comments Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology.

Dryness is the enemy, causing a dry nose and thus dry mucous: the perfect storm for morning “snot” buildup.

The “snot” accumulation may be more pronounced on one side due to a structural problem in the nose such as a deviated septum, says Dr. Silvers.

The structural problem can cause a narrowing in the nasal passage, resulting “in a greater force of air through the blocked nostril, drying out the membranes on the restricted side more than the other,” she continues.

Prevention of Morning Snot

“If natural or prescription regimens don’t help, a procedure may be helpful.”

An active cold, and allergies, may also be causes or contributing factors.

A humidifier over night will bring moisture to the air.

Rinsing the sinuses every morning using a neti pot will be very helpful.

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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