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have spot on nose that is oozing, what is it?

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Spot on nose: You may have some type of infection either viral or bacterial. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How effective are non-prescription nose drops or sprays?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Good and Bad: Over the counter saline sprays are helpful. I would be careful with medications like afrin, (oxymetazoline) vicks, etc. These can lead to rebound and dependence.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Are there any nose-shaping exercises?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
No: The nose is shaped by bone and cartilage and not influenced by muscle movements or activity. No exercise will alter the structural integrity of the nose.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

I heard it is dangerous to pick your nose. Is this true?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: This will increase your risk of bleeding and infections of the nose and septum. There are a lot of bacteria trapped under the fingernails. Breaking the lining to the nose could "innoculate" the tissue and be a set-up for a bad infection. Clean your nose in a moist environment like when you shower.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Scratch on nose scab hasn't healed in 2 years?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
See your doctor: Skin lesions that don't heal are always a concern for a form of skin cancer (basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma). See your family doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible to confirm a diagnosis.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I stop compulsive nose picking?

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Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Psycholgost: See a psychologist to assist in behavioral changes. If it occurs at night put mittens on your hands at bedtime.

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