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Have foul odor in nose after neti pot treatments. Had sinus surgery. Having recurring sinus issues. What to do?

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I get a yucky odor in my nose. This has happened twice over the last month. After a few neti pot treatments, I blow out what looks like a pea and the odor goes away. I have had sinus surgery twice over the years. Always get a lot of drainage.
Posted Sat, 6 Jul 2013 in General Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 1 hour later
Dear patient

most likely the foul odor comes from metablism by anaerobic bacteria in a closed space. the pea like structure is probably a mix of debris mucus white cells and bacteria and the shape suggests that it is forming within a rounded space like the ostium of the paranasal sinuses. I would encourage toy to visit your ENT doctor who can view the issue endoscopically and see if further surgery is needed

yours truly

Dr Brenes Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
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Follow-up: Have foul odor in nose after neti pot treatments. Had sinus surgery. Having recurring sinus issues. What to do? 41 minutes later
Are you thinking that I will need surgery to enlarge the area so the mucus and bacteria does not collect?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 8 hours later
Dear XXXXXXX

that is certainly one potential outcome if there is an area if impaired drainage, surgery could be needed to relieve it
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