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Doctor insights on: Is There Harm In Dabbing Mentholatum Ointment Right Outside Of Nostrils Why Not To Dab Just Inside Nostrilsl

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Is there harm in dabbing mentholatum ointment right outside of nostrils? Why not to dab just inside nostrils? L

Is there harm in dabbing mentholatum ointment right outside of nostrils? Why not to dab just inside nostrils? L

Absorption.: Putting anything inside the nares will cause absorption of the substance, and in the case of anything menthol, it's toxic. Most products designed to be ingested use a very dilute form of it, but this site discusses some of the reasons why certain forms should not be ingested. The ointment form is pretty concentrated. ...Read more

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Is it bad to stick mentholatum ointment up your nose?

Is it bad to stick mentholatum ointment up your nose?

OK for occasional: Methyl salycilic acid is also sold as ben gay. It is used in menthol cigarettes. ...Read more

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What could result if didn't know for yrs inhalation of menthylatum ointment right inside nose was toxic? Did it with colds for yrs.

Myospherulosis: Myospherulosis - a granulomatous reaction containing saclike structures with spherules; associated with lipid medications being applied to open wounds or being injected. There are solid subcutaneous or dermal nodules (definition)... It is unlikely you have any issues if you don't have any "chronic sinus" issues. So if you don't have symptoms I wouldn't be concerned - otherwise see your local ent. ...Read more

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Reoccurring bloody scabs in nostril resilient to antibiotic ointment?

Nose picking?: It is really unusual to have scabs in your nose without trauma. You can get nose bleeds with allergies or other reasons. Sometimes people get nose bleeds with blood disorders. You can also get nosebleeds with blood cancers like leukemia. If you don't pick your nose, you need an evaluation ...Read more

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Hi, I have the inner first part of one of my nostrils sore like the first layer of skin peeled. Can I put any ointment, as it's been a month now?

Hi, I have the inner first part of one of my nostrils sore like the first layer of skin peeled. Can I put any ointment, as it's been a month now?

Olive oil: Not evidence based medicine, but it is very effective. You need to moisten the inside of my sore nostrils with an olive oil. Apply gently on a cotton swab before going to bed. ...Read more

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Need flu shot but had to wait due to illness. Will breathing through my scarf protect me from airborn droplets @the drs? Also heard putting ointment in nostrils can help?

Need flu shot but had to wait due to illness. Will breathing through my scarf protect me from airborn droplets @the drs? Also heard putting ointment in nostrils can help?

See answer: A scarf or face mask will provide some protection, but it is not clear how much. Unlikely to block the penetration of small virus particles but likely helpful in reducing contact or viral load from coughing and sneezing-related sprays and splashes. Most effective prevention is minimizing contact with others, frequent hand-washing and avoiding touching your face, nose, eyes with hands and fingers. ...Read more

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Is antibiotic ointment safe to use on sore spot inside nostril?

Is antibiotic ointment safe to use on sore spot inside nostril?

Antibiotics: Many antibiotic ointments do not recommend their use intranasally. Some antibiotics can be, but it would be best to see your doctor to determine 1) if antibiotics are the best treatment for your problem and if so which one to use, 2) if not, what medicine is appropriate. ...Read more

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I had a septoplasty in 2008. The scab in my nostril still hasn't healed after trying a few OTC ointments and petroleum jelly. 2 ENTs couldn't fix it.

Consider a biopsy: The chance that this is a cancer is very small, but certainly, in my practice, a skin or mucosa lesion that does not heal warrants a biopsy. This is a very minor office procedure that can be done with local anesthesia. Talk to your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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Will sailine rinses help get dry painful crusty boogers out of nostrils? The rinse seem to help but make the nose bleed more. Do ointments help?

Will sailine rinses help get dry painful crusty boogers out of nostrils? The rinse seem to help but make the nose bleed more. Do ointments help?

Nasal Irrigations: Nasal saline irrigations are excellent for chronic sinus symptoms. Antibiotic ointment available over the counter is useful for irritation within the nose. Increase the humidity within the home can help with dryness, if not possible, inhale steam. Absolutely avoid placing anything into the nose other than ointment just at the base. Do not shove tissue into the nose. ...Read more

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My right nostril is sore inside and is creating crust. Not sure what's going on in there but using bactroban nasal ointment in it. Will it suffice?

My right nostril is sore inside and is creating crust. Not sure what's going on in there but using bactroban nasal ointment in it. Will it suffice?

Only time will tell: Since have no idea what is causing the inflammation and crusting there is no way in which to predict outcome. Bactroban (mupirocin) may change the staphylococcus colonizing your nares, but no way to know whether it will suffice to heal the lesion in your nose. ...Read more

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Saw a doc for red, puffy, infected nostril. He prescribed Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment. Is this standard of care, or should I be taking oral antibiotic too?

Saw a doc for red, puffy, infected nostril. He prescribed Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment. Is this standard of care, or should I be taking oral antibiotic too?

Vestibulitis: Greetings. Great question. Personally, I recommend the same treatment for an infected nostril area. The topical ointment soothes sore membranes and kills the Staph bacteria that is most commonly responsible for this problem. IF the symptoms don't improve after 5 days of treatment, then I usually will prescribe an oral antibiotic like Cefadroxil. I hope this helps. You can consult me if needed. ...Read more

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Is there a way I can get self harm out of my head?

Is there a way I can get self harm out of my head?

Hydroxyzine: I have found that the best way to relieve thoughts and urges for self harm in someone whose psychiatric conditions are otherwise well treated, is psychotherapy combined with off label use of Hydroxyzine 10 to 25 mg up to four times a day. This is a technique that I learned from one of the advisers in my residency program. I have found it to work extremely well and I know longer have any cutters in my practice as a result. Even the worst self-mutilators have stopped self mutilating. Those with chronic thoughts of suicide find that those thoughts die down and the urges to act on them in particular go away. ...Read more

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I know someone who has a shunt and was in a minor car accident. Can the shunt be harmed? Their head did not have impact with anything.

I know someone who has a shunt and was in a minor car accident. Can the shunt be harmed? Their head did not have impact with anything.

Most likely No: If it was a minor accident most likely the shunt is not disturbed,
But always exercise precaution, if the patient has headache or altered mental status or behavior, patient need to be examined and have to have some form of scan of the head. ...Read more

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My finger accidentally got pressed into the soft spot on my almost 4 week old’s head. It pushed in fairly far and hard. Can this have harmed her?

My finger accidentally got pressed into the soft spot on my almost 4 week old’s head. It pushed in fairly far and hard. Can this have harmed her?

Unlikely: This is an old wives tale. You push on the soft spot & cause brain damage. Doesn't happen. The area is stronger than the fabric they make sails from and the insides have internal cushions. ...Read more

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I was banged hard more than 6 times with a pillow by my friend on my head while I was laying I'm my bed side wise. Will it cause any harm to my head?

I was banged hard more than 6 times with a pillow by my friend on my head while I was laying I'm my bed side wise. Will it cause any harm to my head?

Probably not: If you have any visual changes or headaches or nausea or vomiting, you should see a doctor. If no side symptoms don't worry but avoid any further blows to the head. ...Read more

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My baby throws her head around a lot and sometimes hits it on things. I'm afraid she will really harm herself. How do I know when to be concerned?

My baby throws her head around a lot and sometimes hits it on things. I'm afraid she will really harm herself. How do I know when to be concerned?

Need more info: Need to know baby's age and birth history. What you describe is not uncommon but you should bring this to the attention of the pediatrician before the baby hits his/her head on something hard & causes a big problem
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Does herpes under my nose harm my unborn baby?

Does herpes under my nose harm my unborn baby?

No: At this time, there is no harm to your unborn baby by having a herpes outbreak under your nose. Closer to delivery of your baby, if you suffer from genital herpes, there can be implications...Particularly if you have an outbreak right around the time of a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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I got a tiny bit of this powdered bleach on the inside of my nose, I feel fine, just a little sneezy. Do you think itll cause any harm?

I got a tiny bit of this powdered bleach on the inside of my nose, I feel fine, just a little sneezy. Do you think itll cause any harm?

Wash it out.: Wash your face by splashing cold water into your face so that it also gets into the nostrils. Do this for about a minute. More than likely, since you only have sneezing, you have not done any significant harm; the sneeze is getting the bleach powder out of your nose. ...Read more

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Should I seek medical care after hitting my head earlier today? This morning as I was getting out of the shower, I passed out and found myself on the bathroom floor upon "waking up." I did self-harm in the shower, but I don't believe that I lost a lot of

Hard to say.: Unexplained loss of consciousness has different causes depending upon age and medical conditions. Can sometimes be "benign" related to dehydration and hot water, but sometimes sinister and related to an underlying heart rhythm which may recur. Seizure often causes a period of confusion after the event. See your doc at next available appt to consider further testing. ...Read more

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I've hit my head accidentally a few times have a vp shunt and worried I might harm it or pull it out will it be ok?

I've hit my head accidentally a few times have a vp shunt and worried I might harm it or pull it out will it be ok?

Likely okay: Thankfully these shunts are secure and hard to mobilize. Unless you develop new neurologic symptoms such as worsening headache, blurred vision, worsening dizziness or gait imbalance then you should have your neurosurgeon evaluate the shunt. Happy holidays and well wishes. ...Read more

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I safely use my 5week baby's arms to pull him from laying down to a sitting position he try to hold his head up my man thinks It can harm him can it?

Nursemaids elbow: In some cases pulling an infant can cause a condition known as nursemaids elbow (subluxation) of the radial head very painful but usually easily reduced by a health care Practitioner. ...Read more

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Oh my gosh please help I was walking out and I was holding my 2 month old baby and he lightly hit his head on the door frame. Will it cause any harm?

Oh my gosh please help I was walking out and I was holding my 2 month old baby and he lightly hit his head on the door frame. Will it cause any harm?

He is probably fine: But at that age, I wouldn't take any chances. Please call his pediatrician to discuss and if that's not possible, consider calling the emergency room and having him examined there if they think it is necessary. ...Read more