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What causes white patch in left nostril?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: I have a white patch just inside the left nostril which keeps getting crusted over. It seems to have developed during a bout with Bronchitis this past winter?
I also just finished a 10 day course of antibiotics and on a steroid nasal spray...which I assume would be to shrink the polyp
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Answered by Dr. Abubakar Siddiqh (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
SEEMS TO BE NASAL POLYP.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I had gone through your question and understand your concerns that you are having white patch in left nostril. I would like to ask you few more details.
- Is there any sequence of sneezes followed by running nose ?
- Is this patch painful or associated with nasal blockage ?

Based on your clinical details, it appears to be nasal polyp secondary to allergy or infection. I suggest you to to consult ent surgeon and get detailed ent examination. Perhaps a nasal endoscopy (size and extent of the lesion) along with blood tests (absolute eosinophilic count, serum IgE- Allergic rhintis) will be necessary along with ct scan of para nasal sinuses (anatomical anomalies and pathological extent).

Hope this answers your question. If you have additional questions or follow up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your questions.

Wishing you good health.

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Follow up: Dr. Abubakar Siddiqh (8 hours later)
Thank you Dr. Siddiqh,

In answer to your questions of me, I am not sneezing much...and my running nose has cleared up as well. Possibly because of the steroid nasal spray. But I have always had hay fever allergies since a child. Lastly, the white patch seemed to have developed while I had a bad case of Bronchitis a couple of months ago......and I kept picking at it to remove the crust so I could breath better. But it is not painful, and presently....since I am not picking at it...it doesn't really interfere with my breathing.

Please comment on this information.

Thanks,
XXXXXXX Elkin
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Answered by Dr. Abubakar Siddiqh (14 hours later)
Brief Answer:
needs to be differentiated.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

Thanks for considering my answer and for your follow up.

Commonly, healing phase of vestibulitis, furuncle leave behind white patches, which are always painless, hypopigmented, harmless and which heals on its own. You need to see an ENT surgeon to differentiate from other causes of white patch.

Hope, I have answered your query.

All the best. Take care.


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What causes white patch in left nostril?

Brief Answer: SEEMS TO BE NASAL POLYP. Detailed Answer: Hi, I had gone through your question and understand your concerns that you are having white patch in left nostril. I would like to ask you few more details. - Is there any sequence of sneezes followed by running nose ? - Is this patch painful or associated with nasal blockage ? Based on your clinical details, it appears to be nasal polyp secondary to allergy or infection. I suggest you to to consult ent surgeon and get detailed ent examination. Perhaps a nasal endoscopy (size and extent of the lesion) along with blood tests (absolute eosinophilic count, serum IgE- Allergic rhintis) will be necessary along with ct scan of para nasal sinuses (anatomical anomalies and pathological extent). Hope this answers your question. If you have additional questions or follow up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your questions. Wishing you good health.