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Frequent Nose Cellulitis (swelling of lower nose from inside)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 20, 2011 at 6:49 PM

For the past several months, my nose has been swelling up on and off. It's not terrible to look at because it isn't extremely noticable, but it does hurt. It is the lower area of the nostrils where all your boogers and hairs go. I know that area of the nose is full of bacteria, but normally this doesn't cause swelling in most people. I think the infections happen whenever there is a break in the skin. For example, from dry nose a tiny cut is formed and then that area must be invaded with bacteria and I get painful swelling for several days. I looked up the issue of nose cellulitis online, and I only found references to treating it with antibiotics. Since I am getting this problem every month, I do not want to take antibiotics every month. There must be a problem in my body that is causing this condition all of a sudden, since we always coexist with the bacteria in our noses and usually don't have problems.

Can anyone recommend a solution? Have you ever suffered from this problem? I don't know many who have.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Wow did you even read me post?

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on May 20, 2013
at 01:01 PM

I get this infrequently, but I've always wondered what it was! Thanks.

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on August 21, 2011
at 12:17 AM

Kate, if you don't mind my prying, how long this been an issue for you?

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on August 20, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I have the same problem. Antibiotics were all a bust (although I haven't tried the topical one for the nose either). I find a topical silver gel or solution works once an infection sets in.

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on August 20, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I wonder if this is what Mallory was getting at with this question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/55442/do-carbs-make-your-nose-rounder#axzz1VbTIPLvN

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at 07:12 PM

Wow did you even read what I wrote? You have staph in your nose and you aren't getting infections every single month. So why should I remove staph by taking antibiotics?

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on August 20, 2011
at 10:58 PM

It sounds to me like your inferior turbinates are swelling. It could be a case of sinusitus. There is a treatment for it that doesn't require drugs. Just a simple in office procedure.

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on August 20, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I've had a MRSA infection in my nose and on my skin on and off for close to 2 YEARS now. I know from experience that certain strains of this stuff (namely the one currently inhabiting my nose) do not react to oral antibiotics very well at all. That said, I have yet to try the nasal swabbing (stupid doctors keep wanting to prescribe me ORAL antibiotics!?).

So, I would definitely try the nasal swabbing to kill the bacteria in the nose, but make sure that you get tested after the first course of antibiotics to make SURE the infection has cleared up completely. Afterward, it's just maintenance.

Personally, I have found some success in regular diluted bleach baths (2-3 times a week, 15 mins at a time), the occasional vinegar spray-down (anti-bacterial), tea-tree oil on infected hair follicles, frequent sheet changes, and never-ever-ever touching your nose OR behind your ears. Little known fact I just learned from my orthopedic surgeon (of all people?): staph likes to hang out behind your ears? Since I've started getting serious about this, the infections pop up less frequently and less severely.

I'm hoping diet change helps my natural immune system kick in so I can get rid of this nonsense for good.

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on August 21, 2011
at 12:17 AM

Kate, if you don't mind my prying, how long this been an issue for you?

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on August 20, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I have the same problem. Antibiotics were all a bust (although I haven't tried the topical one for the nose either). I find a topical silver gel or solution works once an infection sets in.

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on August 20, 2011
at 07:10 PM

The nostrils are commonly colonized with staph bacteria, which can cause recurrent infections. Staph bacteria are often resistent to some antibiotics (methicillin-resistent staph aureus, or "MRSA"). Also, the rest of your skin can be similarly colonized.

You can treat staph colonization in your nose with a prescription antibiotic ointment called mupirocin (Bactroban). Apply it to the inside of your nostrils with a swab 3 times per day for a week.

At the same time, you can remove staph bacteria from the rest of your body by taking a bleach bath. Mix 1/2 cup (120ml) of bleach (such as Clorox) into 1/4 bathtub (about 13 gallons) of water. Soak in this solution once or twice per week to prevent recurrence of MRSA infections.

If your nose is dry, you can keep it moisturized with a saline nasal spray or gel.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Wow did you even read me post?

3a966a805e09d88b0f223f2985392e4f

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on August 20, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Wow did you even read what I wrote? You have staph in your nose and you aren't getting infections every single month. So why should I remove staph by taking antibiotics?

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on July 07, 2013
at 11:57 PM

I just got my first case of cellulitis on my arm thus week, it is horrible and I hope it nevers happens again! I am on antibiotics cause it spread to my lymph nodes, but also use manuka honey topically and it really helped with the inflammation. Hope you get better!

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on July 07, 2013
at 11:14 PM

You may likely have Nasal Vestibular Furunculosis....commonly associated with the Rudolph sign, as in the Christmas reindeer, it originates from the nasal hair follicles in the vestibule of the nose tip. Symptoms include painful, puffy, red swollen nose tip, crusty area is common. Treatment is triple antibiotic ointment with a q tip to the entire mucosal area of the area, 3 times a day for a week....If recurrent, and they often are, you can get a scrip for Mupirocin ointment.

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on May 20, 2013
at 11:53 AM

Sounds like what I get. Same location, sometimes it scabs up. My doc said to use Bacitracin on it and that seems to help. I was trying neosporin before that and it did not help much but the Bacitracin seems to heal it quickly. I get it less frequently now but man was it annoying before.

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on May 20, 2013
at 06:55 AM

The best thing to do is to put some ice on the swollen part of your nose and after a while , it getts smaller and finally disapeares.

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on October 22, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Hello every 1,Now i am a migraine patient for more then 20 years.Now the thing is this that i can,t lay down on the bed i have to sit on a chair to sleep.their is a blockage in side my right skulls.(Brain)now if i lay down it feel some terrible pressure pain and if i sit on a chair and try to sleep then its OK.Mean while i am taking the medicine like hedex extra and migral in 1 time.After 10 min the pain become alright but in the morning it start again and again. I had to take 5 to 8 dosages between 5 to 9 hours period.If i get a flu any flu then what ever the blockage is inside my nose and brain it will come out time to time and once my brain is empty i,ll become perfectly person but still i had to take medicine if i feel attack.I am a smoker also but it does not effect me but it effect my brain,i can,t pick any heavy things.can,t drink any fussy drinks no chocolates,butter,cheese,no banana,mangoes and different kind of a fruits and vegetables.Still i am in pain.

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on July 18, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I am on my sixth day of antibiotics for a swollen nose that spread to swell my lower eyelid. 10 days of antibiotics and some prescription antibiotic eye ointment for 7 days. The nose pain was horrible, and the eyelid was itchy scary and huge. I wear sunglasses so people don't freak out, but putting a hot washcloth over the area for ten minutes every few hours before and after work helped a lot to loosen it up and let the swelling decrease and gross stuff get out. I think the moisture of the hot washcloth helps soften the dry skin too, which may have caused the original break in the skin. My eyelid is about 10% of what it used to be when fully swollen, and it looks like I will be off the antibiotics by Sunday. My son's nose just started swelling, so hopefully we can nip it in the bud before it spreads.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:43 PM

I've not had that issue but some other issues with minor cuts and re-occuring infection that caused me some concern but now healed. Go get some neosporen cream with pain relief and see if that helps.

Peroxide is also good with a Q-tip if its really infected, it will hurt but will draw the infection out....but use carefully and maybe slightly diluted so you don't damage the skin.

Unless its a really bad infection that has taken hold you shouldn't need antibiotics.

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on August 21, 2011
at 01:54 AM

How's your vitamin D level? Getting it up to sufficiency should help.

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on August 20, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I've been putting coconut oil on any part that's looking sketchy. Haven't gone wrong.....yet :)

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on May 24, 2013
at 02:47 AM

I have now had cellulitis three times and its so painful. The first time I took antibiotics the second time I was pregnant and it cleared up four days later but I did use tea tree oil as it is a natural antiseptic. I now have it once again only weeks after second episode and i am again treating with the tea tree oil this third time but just started. I'm still pregnant and I'm getting tired of my nose swelling and being so painful. Try to not touch it and keep cleaning it. The first time I had it I thought it was a pimple and made it worse by trying to find pimple inside my nose and infection spread. Good luck I feel Ur pain. Talk to your doctor and ask what other options u have beside antibiotics.

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