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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Mucus mixed with blood

10/08/2007

Question:

Why is there blood mixed with mucus when I blow my nose?Also it comes from only one nostril(the right one)Please help!

Answer:

This usually relates to dryness with some crusting in the nose.  When the nose gets dry, mucus that normally coats the membrane will dry out, forming a small scab or crust.  When you blow your nose, you can pull this crust off the membrane, causing it to bleed.  Try using a topical salt water spray 4 or 5 times per day, in your nose and see if this helps.  You can buy this over the counter at any drug store.  If there is no improvement after 4-5 days, consult your doctor.   

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Response by:

Allen M Seiden, MD Allen M Seiden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Division of Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, Director of University Taste and Smell Center, Director of University Sinus and Allergy
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati