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Old 14 January 2009, 04:11 PM
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Sneeze Vaseline in your nose could damage your lungs

I was informed recently that one should never use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) or baby oil to moisturize the inside of the nostrils, because the molecules could migrate into the lungs and, for some reason, those molecules will never go away! (insert evil laugh here) The result, supposedly, is that these molecules will render portions of the lungs useless, and there's nothing you can do about it.

So, has anyone heard about this? If it's true, what should I use in my nose when the weather is dry?
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Old 14 January 2009, 04:19 PM
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I use saline nasal gel, and that's what the nurses gave my mom when she was in the hospital. They told me they couldn't use Vaseline because she was on oxygen; they didn't say anything about it hurting her lungs.

The saline nasal gel should be available in your local drugstore.
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Old 14 January 2009, 04:40 PM
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I was informed recently that one should never use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) or baby oil to moisturize the inside of the nostrils, because the molecules could migrate into the lungs and, for some reason, those molecules will never go away! (insert evil laugh here) The result, supposedly, is that these molecules will render portions of the lungs useless, and there's nothing you can do about it.

So, has anyone heard about this? If it's true, what should I use in my nose when the weather is dry?
It is possible to develop exogenous lipoid pneumonia from petroleum jelly. The treatment is simple, though: don't use it where you can breathe it in.
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Old 14 January 2009, 05:05 PM
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My mom, a nurse, suggested the same thing. She said the pertroleum jelly would upset the delicate surface tension of the lungs.

I still used it and was careful to blow my nose afterwards to make sure nothing when down the wrong way. However, regular use of a neti-pot had made using moisturizers in my nose unnecessary.
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Old 14 January 2009, 06:51 PM
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The saline nasal gel should be available in your local drugstore.
And it is truly amazing stuff! Good-bye, raw, red nose for the tail end of a cold which leads to mouth breathing which leads to bronchitis! (I just discovered this stuff in December.)

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Old 14 January 2009, 10:16 PM
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It is possible to develop exogenous lipoid pneumonia from petroleum jelly
Well I'll be.... Didn't know that. I've used Vaseline for my nose when it got really dry. Particularly this time of year here - Cedar season.

Saline nasal gel huh? *Sigh* one more thing I gotta carry around now.
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Old 14 January 2009, 10:36 PM
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Well I'll be.... Didn't know that.
Actually, I am fairly confident I learned that right here on this very board last year-ish. I didn't know, either, and have used Vaseline in my nose for forever or so.

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