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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Mucus mixed with blood



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


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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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