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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello, my name is This has to do with my nose the the area under it between the two nostrils. It has a red area that is sensitive to the touch. Yesterday, my right nostril was sensitive...and so I used a dab of MUPIROCIN ointment on the outside and around the rim of the nostril. the Mupirocin is 2%. Today the sensitivity is only in the area between the nostrils. What do you think is happening?
Doctor :   Hi
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May I know your age?
User :   yes, I will be 71 next week.
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Do you have fever, running nose, sorethroat?
User :   No
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Do you have diabetes?
User :   No
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Do you have pain at that area?
User :   I don't feel pain. If I touch it it is sensitive just on the surface
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Do you notice any swelling at the region of increased sensitivity?
User :   no
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Is this the first time, that you notice this symptom?
Doctor :   Did you have an injury at the nose?
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Do you pick the nose?
User :   Yes and no. My dermatolotist in . I have had sensitivity inside my right nostril near the outer rim. I no longer live there that's why we're talking. He use to prescribe Bactroban just a dab
User :   I did pull out dryness with a tissue a couple of days ago
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User :   it seemed to be clinging to the inner side of my nose
Doctor :   The symptoms you have may be caused due to the nose picking.
User :   One more thing
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It could be just an inflammatory reaction.
User :   I did have my nose pressed down against the face rest in a massage therapy session a few days ago
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User :   I appreciate your being on call today.
Doctor :  
So as i mentioned it could be just an local inflammatory reaction.
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It does not seem to be infectious.
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So the mupirocin ointment may not be required.
User :   thank you....I want to avoid infection
Doctor :   Please do not handle the area with bare fingers.
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As this may cause infection.
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It would settle down in a day or two.
User :   should I clean it at all?
Doctor :   You can clean the area with warm water once or twice a day.
Doctor :   That will do.
User :   Ok...but I don't need to use the antibiotic?
Doctor :   You do not require an antibiotic now.
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If signs of infection develop then you may need to start it.
User :   thank you very mch
Doctor :  
The signs of infection include development of pain, fever, swelling.
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If no such symptoms occur then you do not need antibiotic.
Doctor :  
Have you followed?
User :   Have I followed...what?
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Have you followed what i have suggested?
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do you have any other query?
User :   suddenly, there was a pop-up requesting that I evaluate you...that's why it took time for me to get back to you
User :   I will follow exactly what you've suggested. No, I'm in excellent shape otherwise...and you've reassured me that I'm OK here, too.
Doctor :  
Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   I will do that. And, if ever I need your help again I will send you a message via Healthcare Magic!
User :   Have a great day!
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