I have had a scab in my left nostril for years.

Posted by emmur16 @emmur16, May 3, 2016

I have had a scab in my left nostril for years. When the scab comes out there is bright red blood that I dab a few times and it stops. I had seen online someplace cases of numbers of people all with the same affliction. They said that the scab was some form of an infection and they had received many suggestions from doctors about just leaving the scab alone so it won’t bleed or giving them medications that do not work or cause the person unpleasant side effects. Mind you, this is not BSC but some thing that fastened onto the cartilage of the nose and is a hard thing to eradicate. I tried Essential oils and used Tea Tree Oil and also Cleavers which I put on a cotton ball and put it in on my nose cartilage for an hour. Cleavers does not have a pleasant smell refreshing as do my other oils and it is a dark color but it is supposed to do the trick. Cleavers did help and the scab in smaller and does not clog the nose as some people complained of. I know it is something requiring an antibiotic to cure. It is some form of herpes simplex I feel. I know “bugs” of that sort love the lining of the nose and that there are many blood vessels ready to bleed if disturbed by this whatever it is called. I would love anyone’s input who has encountered the same thing.
Thank you people.

I am a healthy ninety except for ankylosing spondylitis and wet macular

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I get it from Natural food store that used to be vitamin cottage. And it is mixed together. Make sure it isn't just rosewater. And that the glycerin is on the bottle, also.

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@pattmontez

I get it from Natural food store that used to be vitamin cottage. And it is mixed together. Make sure it isn't just rosewater. And that the glycerin is on the bottle, also.

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@pattmnatez Thanks for the information I,ll look for it

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Hi, @sunriseboy, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Are you seeing a regular scab in your nostril, as well? If so, is the lavender oil healing it, or having a soothing effect?

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I'm a 39yr old male. I've been struggling with the scab in the right nostril for at least a year. That same area began about 3 years ago with nosebleeds. The nosebloods stopped after I quit messing with the area. I've struggled with joint pain in my right hip since I was 27. And both shoulders around age 37. Both happened during an event (stretching legs, doing pushups) and haven't healed since. I also noticed Wegener’s/GPA includes both joint pain and nose scabs. The scab doesn't really hurt, even if I remove it. Though the area is sensitive to air after removing the scab (which quickly reforms..probably overnight). The area surrounding the scab is red and inflamed, not pink like the left nostril.

I've seen 2 doctors. I just visited an ENT. He cauterized a blood vessel in my nose. I've been having headaches for a long time and I suspect they are caused by the goings on in my nose. It's been a day since I was cauterized and I feel like the headache has been relieved…at least in this short term.

The ENT informed me I have a deviated septum. The scab forms in the nostril w/ good air flow. I'm using AYR saline and gel throughout the day. I also started running a humidifier at night. And breathe right strips at bedtime. I have a prescription (don't know the medication names yet) that should be ready today too.

I'm going back to the ENT in 2 weeks to see if the area has finally healed. If not then it's probably going to be a biopsy and/or camera in the nose.

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@smacky311

I'm a 39yr old male. I've been struggling with the scab in the right nostril for at least a year. That same area began about 3 years ago with nosebleeds. The nosebloods stopped after I quit messing with the area. I've struggled with joint pain in my right hip since I was 27. And both shoulders around age 37. Both happened during an event (stretching legs, doing pushups) and haven't healed since. I also noticed Wegener’s/GPA includes both joint pain and nose scabs. The scab doesn't really hurt, even if I remove it. Though the area is sensitive to air after removing the scab (which quickly reforms..probably overnight). The area surrounding the scab is red and inflamed, not pink like the left nostril.

I've seen 2 doctors. I just visited an ENT. He cauterized a blood vessel in my nose. I've been having headaches for a long time and I suspect they are caused by the goings on in my nose. It's been a day since I was cauterized and I feel like the headache has been relieved…at least in this short term.

The ENT informed me I have a deviated septum. The scab forms in the nostril w/ good air flow. I'm using AYR saline and gel throughout the day. I also started running a humidifier at night. And breathe right strips at bedtime. I have a prescription (don't know the medication names yet) that should be ready today too.

I'm going back to the ENT in 2 weeks to see if the area has finally healed. If not then it's probably going to be a biopsy and/or camera in the nose.

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I have a nose sore too and was wondering if yours ever resolved

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@trudyjane74

I have a nose sore too and was wondering if yours ever resolved

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I was put on Antibiotics and a nasal cream. After about 2 weeks I went into the ENT for another checkup. I got the all clear that my nose has healed up well. I'm still healing from the small area where the cauterization happened. And there is visible scarring from where I've been having this issue for so many years. It may well have been the antibiotics that finally cleared up the blood spotting and scabbing. I still have some light buildup on my nose, but not like it was before. Overall my nose is much more comfortable. I've been using my humidifier every single night set to 55% humidity. My nose hasn't flt this good and I haven't breathed this well in a long time. My mucus generally doesn't have blood spots like I've been accustomed to over the years.

Time will tell if this was purely a bacteria infection. Or a combination of bacteria and dry air. Either way, I feel like I have a better handle on keeping a healthy nose.

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@fcleaner1

I have it in both of my nostril and they do block my nose, I have to try and open up so I can breath. Then my nose starts to bleed and it is really hard to stop and by the time it stops they are blocked back up right away it is a nightmare and it is 24-24. Doctors don't have a clue. The funny thing is my nose is always dripping not just blood but nasel fluid also sorry for the spelling. If anyone finds out anything please let me know. Thanks

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I was diagnosed with Wegners and had the same symptoms. See your ENT doctor.

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@julsbridget

I was diagnosed with Wegners and had the same symptoms. See your ENT doctor.

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Hi, @julsbridget – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you, too, had some very challenging to deal with symptoms. How long did it take for you to get diagnosed with Wegener's granulomatosis (which I understand is also now known as granulomatosis with polyangiitis)? Do you know what symptoms or test results tipped your doctor off that you might have this condition?

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I have had crusting in my nose since I had rhinoplasty about 17 years ago! This includes a chronic scab in my left nostril. I have had swabs and they show infections. So I use antibiotics applied topically, which gives relief for a while but it comes back. I wonder whether the infections because I cannot help myself touching it. I have heard that using things like Vaseline can get into the lungs and cause problems.

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@mayoeggbutty2020

I have had crusting in my nose since I had rhinoplasty about 17 years ago! This includes a chronic scab in my left nostril. I have had swabs and they show infections. So I use antibiotics applied topically, which gives relief for a while but it comes back. I wonder whether the infections because I cannot help myself touching it. I have heard that using things like Vaseline can get into the lungs and cause problems.

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Hi, @mayoeggbutty2020 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm with you … having a chronic scab would be a real challenge for me to leave it alone and not touch it. I think that despite our mother's warnings not to mess with our scabs, it's kind of human nature.

If the antibiotics you have taken for infection around the area of the scab in your left nostril are not providing longer-term relief, what does your ENT surgeon or primary care physician suggest you do next?

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Hi

I had the same problem,I would knock the scab in shower or rub my nose with with an itch an scab would come out and bleed for a couple seconds an stop,it happend for a couple of months I went see doctor twice got told to put a Vaseline on it an it will stop but it still never,so I tried a few things none of them worked then I put a tiny bit of savlon up my nose before bed I woke up next morning an scab was abit smaller I repeated the process for a week now an no scab no bleeding as of yet so hopefully scab doesn’t return but for now that was the only thing that has helped me so far

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@achillies

Hi

I had the same problem,I would knock the scab in shower or rub my nose with with an itch an scab would come out and bleed for a couple seconds an stop,it happend for a couple of months I went see doctor twice got told to put a Vaseline on it an it will stop but it still never,so I tried a few things none of them worked then I put a tiny bit of savlon up my nose before bed I woke up next morning an scab was abit smaller I repeated the process for a week now an no scab no bleeding as of yet so hopefully scab doesn’t return but for now that was the only thing that has helped me so far

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Thanks for sharing what worked for you, @achillies. Do you know or remember how you got the scab in the first place?

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@dwitty

I too have been plagued by the nose sore, just in one nostril. I ended up with a MRSA infection after endometrial cancer surgery and since, the sore lives on. I get some relief by alternating Carmex and an antibiotic OTC ointment, it seems if I can keep it somewhat moisturized, it feels a little better. I understand what others say about the bleed—if it does, it is fast & profuse, literally running out of my nose like a faucet. If I do remove the scab, it must directly correlate to my sinuses because my teeth hurt immediately. I also have rheumatoid arthritis (JRA since I was 6), so– maybe someone can make the correlation between autoimmune diseases and this annoyance!

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I have RA also. I always have problems with stuffy dry nose. My scab is right at the entrance of the tip of my nose. I have felt some relief with coconut oil applied with a cotton swab. I have heard coconut oil has healing properties in it. My nose is a everyday problem I have had for years. I live next to a freeway that is used to export goods from the port that I live next to. That does not include the ships and refineries that polite the air that I breath. Another pro lem that irratates my nose is the blowers that the city Gardner's use.

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