Share this:
John02445
@john02445

Posts: 3
Joined: Jul 23, 2017

Nose cartilage pain, no redness or swelling

Posted by @john02445, Jul 23, 2017

Hello. About five days ago, in the middle of the afternoon, I suddenly had pain on the lower right side of my nose. if I didn’t touch this area, the pain was about a 2 out of 10, but when I would press the outside of my nose at all the pain would increase to around a 6 out of 10. I had no redness or swelling, no nasal drip, and no pain across the bridge of my nose. This pain decreased the next morning and was gone by the end of that night, without any medication.

Today, I woke up with sinus drip, though that is now gone by the evening as I type this. However, beginning a few hours ago, I now have similar pain to what I had five days go. The difference now is that it’s only located on the lower left side of my nose. Again, there is no redness, no swelling and no pain around the bridge of my nose. The other difference is that today is more painful than five days ago (5 out of 10 when not touched, around an 8 when touched).

I am in good health otherwise and am not on any medications. I keep trying to search to see what I may have, but everyone I find who describes this type of pain also mentions having swelling and/or redness, which I do not have. My only change in behavior is recently I have started to use a shampoo with tea tree oil in it, which shouldn’t trigger this type of response (so far as I can find).

My PCP is on vacation this week and the other doctor in his office is not someone I have had positive experiences with, to put it mildly. Any insights or recaps of similar incidents are appreciated.

Thanks!!

REPLY

Hello @john02445, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for posting to our community, we are happy to have you here. Mayo Clinic Connect is a place where people can share medical experiences and find support. However, we are not medical professionals and cannot diagnose your symptoms. I can suggest an introduction to others here discussing similar symptoms though.

I would like to e-introduce you to @ladysky, @pizon, @citylady, @digmeme, @robbinr and @pizon, all members here who have talked about sinus pain. Can any of you discuss with @john02445 if your sinus symptoms were similar to what he is explaining?

John, have you called to make an appointment with your Primary care provider? Have you experienced a recent fever or anything that would flag for infection? Do you remember bumping your nose at any point within the past few days? keep us updated and let us know what your physician suggests.

Hi. Thanks for the outreach.

There has not been any trauma to my nose, and I have not experienced any fevers. I was able to trek across the city (I am in Boston) to an urgent care clinic late yesterday. They didn’t give a clear diagnosis, but said I seem to have some type of infection and prescribed me on seven days of Cephalexin (500mg per dose, three times per day). I was told to keep a close eye out fever, swelling or redness and to return should any appear to see if this might be cellulitis.

In the interim I was advised to apply a warm compress to my nose up to six times a day, at five minutes at a time.

No changes to report in my condition yet, but I’ve only taken two doses of the antibiotic at this time.

Thanks.

@john02445, Have you found anything out on your pain? I am experiencing something similar in my right nostril with no change after antibiotics, and no fever, swelling or redness. When touched, the pain can radiate to right temple and the corners of my right eye like a pressure. After a CT scan, only what seemed to be a minimal to no infection at the bottom of my front right and left sinuses which my ENT believed should not cause that type of pain. I almost feel like it is IN my cartilage as when I pinch are from outside and inside the nostril, the pain isolates there. Anything new would be helpful!

@nicleelee

@john02445, Have you found anything out on your pain? I am experiencing something similar in my right nostril with no change after antibiotics, and no fever, swelling or redness. When touched, the pain can radiate to right temple and the corners of my right eye like a pressure. After a CT scan, only what seemed to be a minimal to no infection at the bottom of my front right and left sinuses which my ENT believed should not cause that type of pain. I almost feel like it is IN my cartilage as when I pinch are from outside and inside the nostril, the pain isolates there. Anything new would be helpful!

Jump to this post

Hi @nicleelee. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. While we wait for @john02445 to connect, can you tell us how long you have been experiencing your symptoms? Any suggestions from your ENT for next steps to find our what is going on?

Since about October. Another CT in 3-months is where I am at with ENT. I stumbled across the post looking through MayoClinic resources to see if there might be anyone out there with similar pain. I wondered if it might be a clogged pore, but there isn’t any indication of that. Sometimes just washing my face and brushing across the “zone” sends a sudden pain to my temple.

@nicleelee

Since about October. Another CT in 3-months is where I am at with ENT. I stumbled across the post looking through MayoClinic resources to see if there might be anyone out there with similar pain. I wondered if it might be a clogged pore, but there isn’t any indication of that. Sometimes just washing my face and brushing across the “zone” sends a sudden pain to my temple.

Jump to this post

Hi @nicleelee. I have some further info since my post on my experience, and we may have something different as I had new symptoms appear, but hopefully my info helps you out.

Beginning just after my last post (six months ago) the pain went away just after I completed my regimen of Cephalexin. I wasn’t sure if that was incidental or coincidental as the pain seemed to always go away after a week anyway. Sure enough, about a week later the pain returned, and during the next two months I’d get it just on the lower left side of my nose every two weeks, and it’s last about one week.After this happened a few times I also began to get a small bump inside the lower left side of my nostril, close to the opening of the nose. I’d have the pain and bump for about a week, then it’d go away and appear a week or so later. I made a trip back to the doctor thinking it might possibly be a clogged pore or ingrown hair, but I had no further success as I was giving medication that didn’t seem to work.

In the late fall of last year I then started to get a slight redness at the bottom of my nose on the outside each time I’d get the pain and small bump inside my left nostril. I then very amateurishly self-diagnosed myself with nasal vestibular furunculosis. I then did a little home remedy twice a day that I found online, where I’d mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda, which I’d then apply inside my nose with a Q-Tip. After letting this solution dry, I’d then apply a small amount of Neosporin ointment inside my nose. In a few days the problem went away. I never experienced in my head while pressing on the nose, as all discomfort remained local.

I hope you can find a solution for your issues soon!

Liked by ldchapel

I have had nose pain near the tip of my nose for the last couple of months. I've been using tea tree oil on a cotton swab inside my nose for the last couple of days and it seems to be going away. Just an FYI.

@iouuuuuu

I have had nose pain near the tip of my nose for the last couple of months. I've been using tea tree oil on a cotton swab inside my nose for the last couple of days and it seems to be going away. Just an FYI.

Jump to this post

Hello @iouuuuuu, welcome to connect. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on using tea tree oil.

What brings you to connect? Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

@iouuuuuu

I have had nose pain near the tip of my nose for the last couple of months. I've been using tea tree oil on a cotton swab inside my nose for the last couple of days and it seems to be going away. Just an FYI.

Jump to this post

I found this thread in a search for nose pain to see what it might be. I'm a big proponent of natural solutions and have been in the health and wellness field for 5 1/2 years. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 3b melanoma cancer and beat it with no drugs and no radiation, so when I find something that helps naturally, I like to try to educate people on alternatives.

I have had the Same issue off and on for years. Recently it is worse and almost constant. As of today, there is swelling and it hurts like hell. And I don't have medical insurance.. 🙁

I've just started experiencing the EXACT same symptoms as the original poster for about 24 hrs now & its driving me mad!!!! The only difference being that I am fighting a very bad cold (fever, sore throat, sneezing, coughing). I have a weak immune system due to some medications that I take so I have had many colds in the past yet have NEVER experienced such a tenderness on the lower right side of my nose. The pain wasn't as bad in the beginning but has become exponentially worse. It feels as if its extremely swollen, but when I look in the mirror there is no redness or swelling or any signs of irritation…

I have had the same thing, but mind is a bit higher on the bone. It started two days ago. Feels like I got hit in the nose with something. Absolutely no visible signs of anything. Hurts the most on the right side of the bridge of my nose. Kills if I touch it and radiates up into my eye and temple. I also am thinking some type of sinus infection. Ibuprofen seems to help. If It doesn't let up soon, I guess I will call my PCP.

@omerperrz

I've just started experiencing the EXACT same symptoms as the original poster for about 24 hrs now & its driving me mad!!!! The only difference being that I am fighting a very bad cold (fever, sore throat, sneezing, coughing). I have a weak immune system due to some medications that I take so I have had many colds in the past yet have NEVER experienced such a tenderness on the lower right side of my nose. The pain wasn't as bad in the beginning but has become exponentially worse. It feels as if its extremely swollen, but when I look in the mirror there is no redness or swelling or any signs of irritation…

Jump to this post

Hello @dawnsimola, @omerperrz and @tpatpatmore. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! It's been over a week since two of you posted. Has there been any relief from the pain? Did either of you consult with a physician as to what was going on?

i am having the exact same symptoms and scenario as the original post, it’s very painful especially when i touch the area or move my nose.

@thelas1207

It’s so hard finding anyone who has experience this so maybe somebody can help me- I started having nose pain about 6 weeks ago. I had it off and on. I had no cold or congestion. I breathe just fine. I thought it was referred pain from a tooth extraction. Ever since I had tooth 12 removed a few months ago when I swallow it feels weird in the area where the oral surgeon drilled bone. It doesn’t hurt but it feels tight and close to nose. Anyway for whatever reason I associate the pain from that extraction even though the pain started almost 2 months after the extraction. The nose pain started getting worse.
I made appt with ent and finally saw ent- so by this time I let this go a little bit. He put scope up nose and said he did not see an issue. He did not treat me. Said maybe nerve pain.
2 weeks later I see another ent- same thing. Scope up nose and I don’t see an issue. So I went to a regular dr and got meds… the nose is acting weird- weird sensations. I got a sinus scan today. Will get results Monday. I am freaking out. I have forehead pressure as well. I can breathe fine. I am stressing out! I just started an antibiotic last night. From a regular dr. Anyway I’d scan comes back normal I don’t know what to do. I was thinking of going to Mayo Clinic to help solve this it is stressful!

Jump to this post

Hi I have not experienced the pain that you describe however I have a few questions ;
Which teeth were extracted top or bottom teeth? I just had an implant placed on my front tooth and they said that there could possibly be pain in my sinuses after the surgery. It is wise to consult a doctor since it might be an infection. As well you are fortunate to be able to go to the Mayo clinic , they may get to the root of your problem. No pun intended.

Please login or register to post a reply.