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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Painful swelling inside nostril
Over the last two days my nostril has been very sore to slight pressure from the outside. This morning I reached up inside with my thumb and felt a painful, swollen area about where the bridge meets the nostril flare. The swelling is also slightly visible on the outside. The bridge seems fine on one side of the nose, but a little puffy on the side that has the swollen internal area.
What can I apply to calm it and get rid of the swelling?
Most likely this is a staph skin infection. Topical antibiotics such as polysporin may help. If not, see a doctor. You may need a prescription for antibiotics by mouth or prescription topical such as bacitracin.
David L Steward, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati