Scab inside of left nose not healing
I have a scab inside my left nose for the last couple of months that won't heal. It's on the mucous membrane. I reached out to my doctor who later referred me to an ENT, but their treatment is not working, so I'm looking for someone who experienced this before and could perhaps help me out. They think it's just dry nose.
At first I noticed the scab when I was blowing my nose and saw dried blood and felt stinging. When I looked inside my nose with an otoscope, I saw the attached pictures, which I sent to my doctor. He said it's an infection and put me on a 10 day Mupirocin ointment with instruction to keep it moist for a week after that antibiotics course is done. So I applied saline gel every two hours for a week straight, but as you can see from the pictures the scab is back at full force, so I don't think it's related to dryness, but I'm not a doctor.
Here is a description of the pics:
Pic 1: before the Mupirocin treatment started
Pic 2: halfway through the treatment
Pic 3: after the Mupirocin treatment ended
Pic 4: now
Any help would be appreciated.
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I don’t think ours are the same then. Mine is one very small ulcer looking lesion on my left nasal septum. Nothing on my skin. I looked up what you were talking about and mine is nothing like that.
I happened to run across this and had to jump in because I too have had that same problem in my left nostril but I’ve had it since 2019! I’ve been seen multiple times by regular docs, they gave me the same Mupuricin, along with an oral antibiotic b/c the very first biopsy test said it was a staff infection. I did the antibiotics and mupuricin for the two weeks and it’s seemed to kinda go away, but it can back shortly after.
It’s been biopsied twice again and it all came back negative for staff or anything really. The ENT at OMC used some Liquid Metal stuff she put on the open raw skin after she scraped the scab off. Apparently that Liquid Metal burns the skin but she was trying to kill off that area in hopes to refresh it. That was last year and it came back/never was affected by that metal stuff.
I keep hearing “dry air” but I’m MN there’s constant humidity for months and I’ve even used a dehumidifier in my bedroom. So I feel it’s something else.
I have an ENT Appt at Mayo in Rochester on 12/5 and I’m hoping they can figure out what this is. It’s gotten worse to the point that my left sinus seems to feel almost raw or irritated. I cannot see “dry air” being the culprit for a three year scab that causes nose bleeds when I deal in out in order to get air flow. My right nostril is somewhat closed and less air gets through that one (that an ENT pointed out when I went to OMC here.
I’m hoping Mayo doesn’t send me home with a third bottle of mupuricin and some saline to spray up my nose to keep it moist. I’m at the end of my rapidly fraying rope with this scab.. it’s now become an all day every day battle…
I have the exact same, small ulcer yellow but not an infection according to dermatologist and ent. Im using saline rinse, ointment, its been 3 months and no improvement whatsoever. I did have a functional nose surgery and i think its bc they used a non dissolvable stitch in the inside of my nose. Im so tired of this, i want it to heal badly. Is there anything that actually helped??
@oceans78 I’ve had this on and off since 2010…been to every major hospital in New York, no help. Were you able to find a solution? Mine is on my right side and I also can’t breathe through that side so it’s very uncomfortable and taking over my life at this point.
I've had a similar issue for 20+years. Just dealt with it putting mupricin or some other ointment on it nightly. It would go away but always came back. Finally decided to have deviated septum surgery since the ENT said it was probably from dry air hitting the side of the septum that was pushed out. I live in OK and it is dry here. Had surgery 2 weeks ago… not a fun recovery. I'm still healing but will report back as to how much this helps. Praying for relief from this very annoying situation!
Hi. Out of curiosity, I was just searching around for any stories about this kind of nasal issue with other people. I've dealt with my nasal septum drying out and scabbing/bleeding a bit for nearly 15 years. I saw an ENT doc years ago and asked all the usual questions but he really wasn't concerned about it. The doc was older, had seen it all at that point in his career, and remarked it was just dryness. Considering my own issue started while I was living and working outside a fair amount in an extreme cold weather region, it made sense. Call it a case of frost nip of the septum. It's not cancerous or bacterial, but a chronic condition you have to treat every so often. These days I treat it to heal with a neem oil skin salve. Of all the lotions and whatnot, it seems to heal the fastest. I want to add that during the height of Covid, when we were all at home and maybe not showering every day, this really seemed to heal the most. It really is an issue with dryness. Considering my dry skin around my face, this further makes sense. All signs point to chronic dryness.
@matisses Interesting, mine was the worst during Covid. It didn’t help that I had Covid in March 2020…I feel like it made it much worse and it never really healed after, as where before it would heal for periods of time. I’ve tried sesame oil and even recently tried lanolin. Do you find that you feel better during the summer?