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Whats safe for your nose with oxygen?

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

3 TIPS - Choosing the right nasal moisturizer. What nasal products are safe to use with oxygen? You don't have to suffer from dry nose, nasal cracking, or nosebleeds that are common with oxygen therapy.


Why does oxygen create havoc for your nose?

Oxygen therapy can improve: sleep, shortness of breath, activity levels and so much more. Oxygen improves the quality of life for more than 1.5 million adults in the United States. To many, like those with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), oxygen therapy can be life-changing.


If oxygen therapy is so great - Then why do "60% of oxygen patients misuse their oxygen?". No matter why you need oxygen (COPD, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Sleep Apnea) - it can be embarrassing to wear in public. Tanks can affect mobility. But worst of all - dry nose, cracked nostrils, and nosebleeds. Many lose the benefits of oxygen due to nasal pain & discomfort!


Aquegel Nasal moisturizers were pharmacist-designed

with oxygen therapy in mind!



What is safe for your nose with oxygen?

Nasal suffering is common with oxygen therapy because the steady flow of medical oxygen contains no moisture. For many oxygen patients, there are 2 causes of nasal discomfort:

  1. cold & dry air

  2. nasal cannula prongs

No matter the cause - oxygen patients want reliable, safe, relief from nasal discomfort. So what is safe for your nose with oxygen? You may have heard rumors about pneumonia or other lung disorders caused by certain ingredients of nasal sprays.

Flammability is the only real concern associated with

nasal products used in conjunction with oxygen therapy.


Fire requires 3 elements - fuel, oxygen, and an ignition source. As oxygen concentration in the air increases, the risk of fire heightens. In an oxygen-rich environment, the minimum temperature needed to produce combustion lowers.


Avoid products such as petroleum jelly or Vicks VapoRub as they are flammable OR have low combustion temperatures. Choose a nasal moisturizer that is non-flammable and stay away from ignition sources.


3 Tips - Choosing the right nasal moisturizer.


Tip # 1 - Non-flammable

As oxygen is a colorless and odorless gas, oxygen-enriched environments can't be detected by normal human senses. Oxygen poses a fire risk, so when using oxygen therapy avoid products that are flammable or have low combustion temperatures. Make sure your nasal moisturizer is nonflammable and water-based (50% moisture, weight by volume).


Tip # 2 - Applied at the source of discomfort

Nasal discomfort comes in many forms: nasal dryness, cracking, irritation, or nosebleeds. Don't settle for so-called "no drip" nasal moisturizers. Stop squirting nasal sprays into your nose that drain down your throat. Choose a nasal moisturizer that is applied to your nostrils at the source of discomfort.


Tip # 3 - Long Lasting relief Non-addictive, steroid free.

Dry, cracked, bleeding nostrils are commonplace with the constant flow of cold, dry medical oxygen. Avoid cheap nasal sprays that need to be re-applied several times per day to be effective. Most of these sprays must be used so frequently, the bottles rarely last more than 2-3 days. Choose a nasal moisturizer that lasts up to 12 hours for long-lasting relief.


Aquegel - Your perfect nasal moisturizer

In short - Aquegel nasal gels were pharmacist-designed with oxygen in mind. Non-flammable, water-based (50% water, weight by volume), and won't clog tubing. Non-addictive, steroid-free. Activated by your body temperature, Aquegel provides up to 12 hours of encapsulated water for long-term dryness relief. Don't take our word for it...give it a try!



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I love aquegel, it really keeps my nose moisturized.

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I like aqua gel because I get scabs in my nose all the time and this really helps keep it moist and and don't make my nose run.

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