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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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My nose feels like its been punched and there are what looks like ulcers in my nostrils. Theres a funny smell too. Had it for 4 plus weeks. Help!

My nose feels like its been punched and there are what looks like ulcers in my nostrils. Theres a funny smell too. Had it for 4 plus weeks. Help!

Tough to know: Several possibilities could explain these symptoms and include infection, environmental exposure, malignancy, and even systemic disease such as vasculitis. Suggest one-on-one discussion with a physician who will ask targeted questions and get more information about you. As a start, you could consider a virtual consult on Health Tap. ...Read more

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The inside of my nostrils are red & seem swollen. I have what looks like ulcers inside too. 2.5 wks ago Dr said it was HSV -1,but I disagree. Causes?

The inside of my nostrils are red & seem swollen. I have what looks like ulcers inside too. 2.5 wks ago Dr said it was HSV -1,but I disagree. Causes?

Maybe still herpes: Your doctor may be right. Herpes could do this, especially if recently exposed and this is your first infection with HSV1. But recurrent herpes usually wouldn't last so long. If the doc suspected herpes, you should have been treated with an anti-HSV drug like valacyclovir; failure to improve would be against herpes. Maybe other virus? Staph or strep infection? Suggest you return to same doctor. ...Read more

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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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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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I have a sore in my left nostril for the last 6 weeks that will not heal. Please help?

I have a sore in my left nostril for the last 6 weeks that will not heal. Please help?

ENT doctor: An ENT doctor would be in a good position to do an exam and determine what treatments would be necessary. There is a wide range of causes for the symptoms you describe, some of which are more annoyances, and some of which are more serious conditions. ...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?

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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Their any way to permanently heal "aphthous ulcer" (canker sore)? Is there something wrong inside my body?

Their any way to permanently heal "aphthous ulcer" (canker sore)?  Is there something wrong inside my body?

No Prevention known: Researchers are not sure of the cause of aphthous ulcers. There is no known preventive measure. Treatment is palliative with low level laser therapy able to relieve pain and accelerate healing with about 5 minutes of trea. Dment. Biolase waterlase iplus or md works well in my practice, of the lasers I have tried. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a sore on my lip just below my nostril that i cant get to heal. it started as what appeared to be a few ingrown hairs about 2.5?

I have what looks like a sore on my lip just below my nostril that i cant get to heal. it started as what appeared to be a few ingrown hairs about 2.5?

See a dermatologist: Any non-healing sore needs to be taken seriously. See a dermatologist, who can biopsy it or remove it to make a clear diagnosis and in all likelihood, solve the problem ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more


Nostril (Definition)

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