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Are nasal swabs safe? can they cause trauma to the olfactory epithelium tissue if they poke the upper cavity of the nose?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Rarely damage to nasal structures can occur from nasal swabs, but it is rare. There has been one instance of CSF leak from nasal swab damage among the hundreds of thousands of nasal swabs done in the current pandemic. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs.

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Last updated Mar 18, 2021

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