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Foul smell in nose, facial pain. History of sinus surgery

I went to my ENT last Friday b/c of a foul smell in my nose . He used a scope and looked inside my nose and said there was no infection. The smell has perisistently gotten worse. Yesterday, I swallowed something hard that came from my nose. The smell is now gone, but the facial pain is still there. Should I go back to the Dr? He said at the time the smell was from my throat . I have had two previous sinus surgeries. I am wondering if it may be time to change doctors?
Asked On : Sat, 6 Oct 2012
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Hello and thank you for your question.
Although I'm not an ENT (I am a dentist) I thought I would throw my two cents in. What I have seen in my practice is that patients that still have their tonsils develop tonsiliths within the grooves and invaginations of their tonsils. These tonsiliths are hard calcifications of minerals and bacteria. They cause a nasty odor that when breathing you can actually smell. When you said you swallowed something hard, it may have actually came from the tonsil rather than the nasal passage.

The facial pain sounds like a sinus related issue. If you are unhappy with your doctor you have the ability to get a second opinion to see if another ENT decides it may be something else worth looking into.

Best wishes and good health

Dr. Ward
Answered: Wed, 10 Oct 2012
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