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

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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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