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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Nostril pain

07/19/2006

Question:

On occasion, my right nostril will swell slightly and i will have the sensation of a pimple or ingrown hair on the inside of my nose. It will be a slight pain right on the inside of nostril at the tip of the nose. Drives me nuts when it happens. I`ve been told it has a name, but i have cant seem to find it.

Answer:

The symptoms you are describing are consistent with a folliculitis. This is a localized bacterial infection involving the root of the nostril hair. A physical exam should be performed to confirm this diagnosis. If this is correct, topical antibiotics, such as polysporin ointment, applied each day for 10 days should resolve your symptoms.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati