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My nostril has been cracked now for over 6 months and will not heal. It is getting deeper and is very sore?

My nostril has been cracked now for over 6 months and will not heal. It is getting deeper and is very sore?

Bacitracin: Try this: clean with cotton swabs soaked in hydrogen peroxide and then apply a thick coating of Bacitracin ointment. Do this 3-4 times a day. If you do not see an improvement within 2-3 weeks you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My nose is dry, sore and cracked because I blow it too often. How do I treat it?

My nose is dry, sore and cracked because I blow it too often. How do I treat it?

Keep it moist: Use saline spray several times a day. The nose filter hairs, the cilia, like to be moist to function properly. When working well, the cilia sweep back particles of dust, pollen, allergens, bacteria and viruses so you can swallow them and kill them with your stomach acid, protecting you and cleansing the air heading into your lungs. ...Read more

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I've had a sore in one nostril for a little over a week due to dry air (i believe). What would you recommend to do to help it heal?

I've had a sore in one nostril for a little over a week due to dry air (i believe). What would you recommend to do to help it heal?

Very small amount of: Moisturizer. Let me emphasize, very small amount of moisturizer applied to the nostril at night. Do not use more than a trace as larger amount can get in the lungs and cause trouble. Try a humidifier, especially in your bedroom. ...Read more

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Why is my nostril dry/cracked despite my using vaseline every day? How is that possible? Assuming it's cracked cause it sometimes hurts and/or bleeds

Why is my nostril dry/cracked despite my using vaseline every day? How is that possible? Assuming it's cracked cause it sometimes hurts and/or bleeds

Cracked nose skin: Please see doctor to make sure there is no infection or other pathology. Ask doc about focusing on lubricating from the inside by diet higher in good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil. Give Shea Butter a try for external application. Home/bedroom may need a humidifier. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Gave up smoking 3 weeks ago now the inside of my nostrils are sore scant and dry. Is this due to quitting and what can I do and how long will it last?

Moisturizer: There are a variety of moisturizing agents you can use, including lubriderm, around the area of your upper lip and nostril. Increased humidification is important, particularly in winter when we are indoors with heating systems and very low humidity. If these do not help, would consult a dermatologist. Am not sure this is related to quitting, though. Congrats on a great decision - stay quit! ...Read more

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Back of right side of nostril becomes sore and feels dry and breathing causes so much distress, ENT dr didn't find much, please advice of possible causes?

Back of right side of nostril becomes sore and feels dry and breathing causes so much distress, ENT dr didn't find much, please advice of possible causes?

Dry nose: Dryness of the nose is not that uncommon. I use neti pot nasal rinses that is a great way of moistening your nasal mucosa. It is also protective against colds, helps allergy symptoms, sinus infection, etc. It's a safe home procedure especially in light of normal ENT exam. ...Read more

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I wear a c-pape machine and sometimes I get a sore on one or both sides of my mouth and my mask just covers my nose and my nose and my nose get dry like a plastic coating around my nostrils. What can I buy to help heal the sores and make my nose stop hurti

I wear a c-pape machine and sometimes I get a sore on one or both sides of my mouth and my mask just covers my nose and my nose and my nose get dry like a plastic coating around my nostrils. What can I buy to help heal the sores and make my nose stop hurti

This: This is a common problem I see with patients who use a c-pap. The proper treatment depends a bit on the exact location and clinical observation so I would recommend you consult a dermatologist. Sometimes I recommend Hydrocortisone cream with a thin layer of zinc oxide paste over that to help reduce inflammation and irritation. Other cases, just a little bit of vaseline. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Had sore red eyes few days n very watery but feel dry inside eyes also tired eyes. Also runny left nostril? What is it an what will help

Had sore red eyes few days n very watery but feel dry inside eyes also tired eyes. Also runny left nostril? What is it an what will help

Red eyes and congest: Red eyes and nasal congestion could be due to common cold, flu or allergic rhinnitis. But red eyes with pain alone could be due serious eye conditions like uveitis. ...Read more

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When I lean my head forward my muscles feel sore like they're pulling @ the top of my back. Cracked my neck a few weeks earlier & it hurts really bad?

When I lean my head forward my muscles feel sore like they're pulling @ the top of my back. Cracked my neck a few weeks earlier & it hurts really bad?

Strain: Strained neck ligaments and/or muscles are the likely cause of your symptoms. Since the injury is weeks old, I recommend hot (not too hot) moist applications for 20 minutes 4 times a day, rubbing liniment, and, if you can take them, nsaids like ibuprofen to relax and loosen tissues. Make sure you have a comfortable pillow. If significant discomfort persists, have your physician examine you. ...Read more

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I have neck & upper back pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

I have neck & upper back pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

No it is not: No it is not.
you need to see your doctor for evaluation, and treatment, and stop cracking your neck.

proper evaluation will rule out any serious condition in the spine, and open the door for suggestion from the specialist of how to have a nice healthy spine.

see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my nostril sore inside all the time?

Why is my nostril sore inside all the time?

Vestibulitis: We generally refer to this as vestibulitis.
Most common cause is trauma to the tissues (picking your nose, wiping your nose with an abrasive paper towel, etc).
If you get this, gently apply an antibacterial ointment (like bacitracin) to your nostrils several times a day and avoid trauma! If it does not get better in a few days, see your doctor to rule out other possible, serious problems! ...Read more

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Why is my left nostril kind of swollen and sore?

Why is my left nostril kind of swollen and sore?

Need more info: How long ago did this happen. Did you hurt yourself? Are you having a cold? You may watch and wait. If it does not get better in a week or so, see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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Cold sore INSIDE nostril. How to treat??

Cold sore INSIDE nostril. How to treat??

Valacyclovir: Whether in a nostril or on lips or face, the standard recommendation for recurrent oral or facial herpes is valacyclovir (Valtrex®) 2 grams twice, 12 hours apart. Acyclovir also OK, but more doses. Do it ASAP; after 2-3 days, nothing will speed healing. If this is an atypical location for you, best to see doctor or clinic to confirm the diagnosis. But don't wait to treat; no harm if not herpes. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore between the two nostrils be contagious on the lips?

Is a cold sore between the two nostrils be contagious on the lips?

Yes: If it is, in fact, it is a cold sore, it is contagious, both orally and on the genitals. ...Read more

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I have a hard very sore lump in my right nostril, what could it be?

May be a Polyp: Need to see an ENT specialist to examine. It may be a benign polyp or some other mass. It's hard to say without being seen and examined- evaluated. ...Read more

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Have a sore inside nostril it's brown and it hurts could it be cancer?

Have a sore inside nostril it's brown and it hurts could it be cancer?

Nasal Sores: Sores in the nose can cause a discomfort and pain. They can be scaly, crusty and can bleed when picked at. Nasal sores can be caused due to bacteria, virus or due to other reasons. Nasal impetigo and herpes simplex virus are the the most common reason behind sores in nose. ...Read more

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Is there any nasal preparation can be bought for sore scabs inside the nostrils?

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Is there any nasal preparation can be bought for sore scabs inside the nostrils?

Bacitracin ointment: You can use that for nasal vestibulitis twice a day for 10 days. See ENT doctor if sores persists. ...Read more

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Hi I've a very sore outer left nostril it is very red tender to touch and slightly inflamed any ideas what it may be?

Hi I've a very sore outer left nostril it is very red tender to touch and slightly inflamed any ideas what it may be?

Red Nose: This very likely Is an infected pimple, keep it clean and do not ever squeeze it, try avoiding to touch it, it very well disappear within 5 days, if not you will need antibiotics ...Read more

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I've had a sore like spot on the bottom inside of my right nostril for over a year now, it seems to never heal. It scabs but doesn't totally heal why?

I've had a sore like spot on the bottom inside of my right nostril for over a year now, it seems to never heal. It scabs but doesn't totally heal why?

Ulcer: For a sore that is not healing, you need to see a dermatologist. It could be because the sure is being picked at or related to other causes that would need treatment. ...Read more

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Why is the middle of my nostrils sore?

Possible vestibuliti: Some cases of sore nostrils can be related to a bacterial colonization around the entrance to the nose. This is often a staphylococcus problem. ...Read more

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Inside of nostril is sore and I have a minor headache. What could be wrong?

Nasal soreness: Greetings. The inside our noses sometimes get inflamed and possibly infected with the staph bacteria that normall loves inside our nostrils. This is called nasal vestibulitis and may benefit from a topical application of an antibiotic ointment called mupiricin. This is an antibiotic that requires a prescription. See your ENT doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Had a nasal papiollma removed 2 weeks ago. Nostril still a bit sore is that usual?

Had a nasal papiollma removed 2 weeks ago. Nostril still a bit sore is that usual?

Sore nostril: If the papilloma was removed from the nostril, then yes, this is normal. It takes a while to heal. Most biopsies and procedures in the nose take a couple of weeks to heal to the point that there is minimal discomfort or pain. ...Read more