What is Rhinolith?

A rhinolith is a calculus present in the nasal cavity. The word is derived from the roots rhino- and -lith, literally meaning "nose stone". It is an uncommon medical phenomenon, not to be confused with dried nasal mucus. A rhinolith usually forms around the nucleus of a small exogenous foreign body, blood clot or secretion by slow deposition of calcium and magnesium salts. Over a period of time, they grow into large irregular masses that fill the nasal cavity. They may cause pressure necrosis of the nasal septum or lateral wall of nose. Rhinoliths can cause nasal obstruction, epistaxis, headache, sinusitis and epiphora.

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what causes very thick nasal waste?

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Causes of thick nasal discharge are

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my inside center of my nose is in a lot of pain and is swollen. it is starting to swell over my lip not as well and a little around my eye. what is...

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After going through your brief description I do feel you are suffering from acute sinusitis with spreading of the infection...

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i had polyps removed from my nose a bout 2months ago but there this strong bad smell coming from one of my nostril, i tried taking anitibiotics...

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hello, thanks for your query, foul smelling from single nasal body could be due to rhinolith( retained foreign body), fungal sinusitis, maggots,...

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