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Scab inside of left nose not healing

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) | Last Active: Apr 12 7:43am | Replies (18)

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@loribmt Thank you for the recommendation. I'll contact them on Monday.

To answer your question, at first, my regular doctor thought it was an infection upon examining my picture. He prescribed Mupirocin for twice a day for five days. He asked me to send him pics after five days. When I did, he forwarded those pics to the ENT, since the scab didn't cure all the way. The ENT ordered another five days of Mupirocin, but this time four times per day. He also said that after this treatment to aggressively use saline gel so that scab doesn't dry up.

I asked the ENT what the white patch was and he said it looks like scar tissue. I also asked him what he thought it was from and he said more than likely from dry air.

One thing that I forgot to mention that I'm not sure is important is that if you look into my right nose (the one that's fine) with the otoscope, you can barely get into it, because the mucous membrane is close to the septum. But the left nostril has significantly more space as you can see from the picture. I'm not sure if that space difference in each nostril is normal or caused by this issue.

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@ofbushido The extra information you provided regarding your doctor and the ENT eases my mind a little. That at least they did pay attention to the photos. But since it’s been going on so long, regardless, it might be a good idea to have your doctor or ENT take an actual look at the area.
I’m not sure about the inside of your nose regarding the spacing or why it’s different. Looking up my own nose, it’s totally not symmetric. LOL. Looks like I came up on the wrong end of a fist but I’ve never been hit on my nose.

But, now I’m curious. Are you getting as much air going through your right side as you are the left? Maybe your left nostril is dryer because more air passes through??? Even still, “months” seems like a long time for that particular area to be dry. Though I know when going through my chemo treatments, staying in the hospital the air was so dry, I needed petroleum jelly in my nose.

Anyway, this is troubling you enough that I think you’d feel better with a visual, in person visit to your doctor or ENT. ☺️

@ofbushido. I had a similar thing and used triple antibiotic ointment at least 2x a day in the nostril. It seemed to take forever but after a month it was gone. This is just what worked for me, not sure if a dr would agree. I tried Vaseline first and that didn’t help. But you have to use it religiously.