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Nostril (Definition)

Also called naris, is one of the 2 ...Read more


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My baby 8 weeks old I've noticed few times this past 2 days she's flaring her nostrils especially during feeding does she have a problem?

My baby 8 weeks old I've noticed few times this past 2 days she's flaring her nostrils especially during feeding does she have a problem?

See your doctor : If this happens only intermittently you can watch and see if it goes away in a few days. If this is happening every times she eats I would be concerned why she is having difficulty eating and breathing at the same time. ...Read more

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Will my nostrils get smaller as I age?

Will my nostrils get smaller as I age?

Nostril size: Greetings. After our facial bones have reached full maturity, our facial structures normally will not change. Sometimes we lose the elasticity in our muscles and sin structures high will result in a pros is which may cause us to loose the ability to breathe thru our nostrils. ...Read more

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How do you make your nostrils smaller?

How do you make your nostrils smaller?

Alar reduction: There are surgical techniques to alter the nostrils. If you see a nasal surgeon, you can see if these could work for you. ...Read more

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How to help dry nostrils in the winter?

Nasal saline.: The cold whipping wind of winter dries out our nasal mucosa as we breathe. Nasal saline spray or mist daily could help. And it would really help to keep your nose covered, perhaps with a scarf. ...Read more

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I can't flare my nostrils. Is this normal?

I can't flare my nostrils. Is this normal?

Yes: There are several muscle movements that are normally involuntary but can eventually be learned as a voluntary movement (tongue rolling, ear wiggling, nostril flaring). Some of them, like tongue rolling, are genetic and you may not ever learn to do them. It's not abnormal to not be able to voluntarily do these things. ...Read more

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One of my nostrils sometimes hurts. What could be wrong?

One of my nostrils sometimes hurts. What could be wrong?

Pretty hard to say: with this paucity of information. ENT evaluation may provide you with the answer. Take care. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come my nostrils get blocked?

Allergy: Almost always swollen pale nasal turbinates of allergys , not just mucus. ...Read more

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Why is only one of my nostrils blocked? Why aren't they both stuffy?

Nasal congestion: The only way to know is to have an evaluation of your nose. An ENT specialist has all the right tools to not only diagnose, but also to treat. The most common causes of one-sided nasal congestion is a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps and turbinate hypertrophy. All are very treatable and the likelihood of good results from treatment is very high. Best of luck. ...Read more

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One of my nostrils is always blocked, and im not sick. What can I take to unclog it?

Have it checked: You may be having some problem with your turbinates or sinus or have a deviated nasal septum. You should have it checked by your physician. ...Read more

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For the last few years, one of my nostrils is always blocked, but they switch back and forth. It's not always the same one. How can I cure it?

For the last few years, one of my nostrils is always blocked, but they switch back and forth. It's not always the same one. How can I cure it?

Normal nostrils: The nose has bony ridges inside each nostril called turbinates that swell as a result of normal blood flow patterns. Turbinates help humidify the air you breath. The swelling alternates from left to right on a normal cycle (every few hours typically). It usually does not require treatment unless you also suffer from allergies or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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Could cocaine make your nostrils bigger?

Not that I know of: but what it can do is cause the nasal septum, the piece of cartilage that separates the left and right nostrils, to deteriorate, ultimately develop a hole and potentially collapse, causing the nose to flatten. It can cause nosebleeds and sinus infections, as well as all the systemic problems - heart attack, stroke, paranoia, aggression, depression etc. If this is you, get help with stopping now. ...Read more

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What do different smells mean in the nostrils?

Smell: Could you please expand on your question and give more information, so we can help you. ...Read more

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One of my nostrils has been clogged for months!

ENT: May be an anatomical problem or even a polyp/tumor. See ENT doc soon. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my nostrils, could this be serious?

ENT consult: Sharp pain in nostril can be due to an underlying problem ranging from infection, referred pain, etc. You can start with an ENT consult. ...Read more

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How can I stop one of my nostrils from clogging up?

Surgery?: I would try medicine first. Allergies can congest the nose. If you have less room on that one side, it may plug up while the other side stays ok. You could have a deviated septum (wall between the 2 sides of the nose). There are shelves of bone called turbinates that can be large or swollen. The turbinates and septum can be fixed, but i like to try medicines first. ...Read more

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Why is one of my nostrils always heavily clogged? I need some advice.

You would need: an assessment (possibly by ENT) to figure this one out. ...Read more