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Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Does using cocaine change the shape of your nose?

Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Does using cocaine change the shape of your nose?

Yes: Chronic Cocaine use eats away at your septum which can cause complete collapse of the nose. Not a pleasant look! ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Writer
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Can your nose change shape from cocaine use?

Dr. Brian Writer
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Can your nose change shape from cocaine use?

Yes: Cocaine use can result in death of of tissue (septal necrosis) with consequent undesirable change in nasal appearance. Some mechanisms might include reduced blood flow and/or unchecked infection. Cocaine use is associated with a variety of undesirable general medical and psychological adverse effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Will my my nose shape fix itself after cocaine?

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Possibly: If you have had nasal septal perforation from chronic Cocaine use, you may need to see a specialist in plastic or ENT surgery for an evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Why do people snort cocaine through the nose?

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Cocaine: This is done to get a more rapid onset and a "better high". ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Does past cocaine lead to irreversible nose damage?

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Cocaine: This really depends on what the damage was. Perforations are permanent (they can be surgically covered-but if you are a Cocaine user it is unlikely that you will find a surgeon to help you). ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Could cocaine make your nose bigger?

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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No: but if it causes inflammation, that could cause some temporary swelling inside the nose. If people snort cocaine intranasally, it can cause damage to the nasal septum, the cartilage between the two nostrils, and in severe cases, a hole can form and ultimately the nose can collapse, which can have the appearance of a larger flattened nose (called a 'saddle nose deformity). ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Kim
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My friend did cocaine on two separate occasions two years ago and was wondering if she had could have caused permanent damage to her nose?

Dr. Harold Kim
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My friend did cocaine on two separate occasions two years ago and was wondering if she had could have caused permanent damage to her nose?

Unlikely: Usual damage caused by chronic Cocaine use is a septal perforation. This is usually manifested by either frequent nose bleeds or feeling of nasal stuffiness. I don't think it is likely that two occasions of sniffing Cocaine would produce such permanent damage. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How do you know if your nose is damaged by cocaine?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How do you know if your nose is damaged by cocaine?

It doesn't work as: Well. Cocaine use can lead to nosebleeds, loss of sense of smell, rhinitis, sinusitis, nasal ulcers, perforation of the nasal septum, degradation of septal cartilage to the point that it is destroyed and nose deformities (saddle nose). ...Read more

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Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Will a hole in my nose from cocaine heal?

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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No: You will need surgical repair to close the hole. Seek an evaluation by an ear/nose/throat (ENT) specialist in your area. ...Read more

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