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Feels dry and blocked nose, getting blood taste in mouth. How to cure the problem?

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My nose feels blocked & dry. It's bright red inside one nostril & I can taste blood every once in a while . Spots of blood in my nose too.
Posted Mon, 3 Dec 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
 
 
Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 6 hours later
Hi

Thanks for the query

The descriptions you have given by are the features of sinusitis. The bright red thing you have noticed inside the nose is the hypertrophied inferior turbinate; this is a normal structure in the nose which gets enlarged during any inflammation in the nose. The taste of blood is because of the sinus secretions coming from the nose into the throat. Finally, the spots of blood in the nose are secondary to rupture of the blood vessels in the nose following inflammation. All these above mentioned features are signs and symptoms of sinusitis.

My advice to you is:
1. To use saline nasal spray, 3-4 times a day followed by steam inhalation
2. Drink plenty of warm water
3. Try taking a mucolytic such as bromhexine or ambroxol
4. If there is yellowish or greenish nasal discharge you will have to start on antibiotics such as a combination of amoxycillin & clavuanic acid or cefuroxime
5. Avoid smoking/alcohol/chilled beverages
6. Avoid forceful blowing of the nose

Hope I have answered your query; I will be available for the follow-up queries.

Regards
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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Follow-up: Feels dry and blocked nose, getting blood taste in mouth. How to cure the problem? 22 hours later
Thank you, I will follow your advise :)
 
 
Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 43 minutes later
Hi

Thanks for writing back

I wish you good health.

Regards
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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