Perforated nasal septum
the best treatment is moisturizing with a saline nasal spray (Ayr), and stop picking at it. If the membrane is alive, it will heal, provided you are not using cocaine or meth.
Signs of perforation
Thanks for your question. Surprisingly most septal perforations are pretty asymptomatic, however whistling and excessive crusting are two common signs. You sound as if you are experiencing dryness and irritation and the moisture is the right treatment for that. I would recommend being evaluated to make sure that there is not a stitch or foreign body that is causing the irritation. As long as you aren't irritating/damaging the septum on both sides in the same area the risk of you causing a hole is pretty low, most septal perforations that are not caused by previous surgery are a result of cocaine abuse, afrin abuse, trauma, or excessive nasal picking. Hope this helps.