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A 22-year-old female asked:

What would cause the inside of my left nostril to hurt when i breathe in? been going on for 10 days, its only the left nostril that hurts but both nostrils are super runny & stuffy nose constantly, blood work, cat scan and chest x-ray is normal

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Nostril pain: There probably is a tiny ulcer in the membrane that the inhaled air irritates. If the ulcer was on a vein, there would be a nose bleed as well. Take a decongestant medication like Sudafed, if you're able, and apply a small amount of white Vaseline to the lower membranes of both nostrils to coat any irritated areas. See your physician or an Otolaryngologist if no relief.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
KY jelly: Why all the expensive tests for a virus???? You appear to have a rhinitis/ sinusitis. Allergy or virus, probably virus. Use a nasal or oral decongestant and LUBRICATE inside your nose twice a day. Vaseline or aquaphor will do nicely. KY jelly is especially nice. Just use a finger to gently roll around inside nose.

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