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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more


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I have empty nasal syndrome, what is the best solution to keep nasal passage wet? Its getting dry and block often.

I have empty nasal syndrome, what is the best solution to keep nasal passage wet? Its getting dry and block often.

Irrigate: I assume that by saying empty nasal syndrome you mean that you have had multiple sinus surgeries and have chronic nasal crusting and dryness. Unfortunately that is a consequence of outdated sinus surgery, though at the time this was thought to be the best modality. Irrigating often with a high flow saline irrigation, much more than simple ocean spray is typically quite helpful. I like the neilmed system that can be purchased from the grocery store and is inexpensive. Seeing your physician and considering adding pulmicort, something typically used to treat asthma or emphysema by inhalation into the lungs can be quite helpful with this condition. ...Read more

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I get small but very painful (only to touch) bumps on the inside of my nasal passage. They last 1-2 days and disappear. Happens every few weeks.

I get small but very painful (only to touch) bumps on the inside of my nasal passage.  They last 1-2 days and disappear.  Happens every few weeks.

Dryness: Your mucus membranes in the nasal passages may be too dry and this makes them susceptible to infections(small pustules). You also may catch more colds. To avoid such dryness, lower your thermostat and you may need a humidifier during the winter. Try coating the insides of your nostril with a very thin film of vaseline daily. ...Read more

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I have had a nasal drip from my left nasal passage steadily (though with dry periods) over the last several days. How to stop this?

Several suggestions: If it is just over the last few days then otc sudafed and older drying antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help. This time of year start to see tree pollen allergy so allergy meds may help. If unilateral watery drainage continues then possible spinal fluid leak from sinuses so would need ENT eval. ...Read more

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I have swollen dry nasal passage. No mucus. Cannot breathe. Please advise.

Nasolaryngoscopy: Your doc can look inside with a small endoscope. Probably you are a candidate for nasal steroids and "ocean spray". You want to have it checked with your doc. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause white bumps in nose or swollen nasal passage of red plushy thing, nose is dry too ?

Does smoking cause white bumps in nose or swollen nasal passage of red plushy thing, nose is dry too ?

Ans: Well smoking can lead to sinus issues and this sounds like what you may have. You can try steaming but you sound like might have an infection so perhaps best to see your doctor ...Read more

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My nasal passage gets quite a bit painful when i'm outside n breathing in cold air, if i cover my nostrils the pain goes away, why does it hurt?

Dryness or cold sens: Cold air doesn't hold as much moisture and can be irritating especially if the nose is already dry which it is this time of year which is why it's better when it's covered. Suggest drops of sesame oil several times daily especially in the winter. It is a great moisturizer. Consider nasal steroid if oil doesn't work. ...Read more

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I have flat, dry, & hard scab-like "boogers" that form only on my septum up inside my nose with horrible nasal passage congestion for months now. Help?

I have flat, dry, & hard scab-like "boogers" that form only on my septum up inside my nose with horrible nasal passage congestion for months now. Help?

Dry nasal crusting: Greetings. Fancy words for "boogers". These episodes happen from xcessive dryness. Saline nasal spray and AYR gel may be the answer. Sleep with a humidifier and drink more water. If these suggestions fail to resolve the issues, see your ENT. An antibiotic covering Staph may be needed. ...Read more