what are scabs in the nose?
The inside of the nose consists of sensitive tissue. The slightest influences from the inhaled air, viruses, but especially irritation by picking can fastly lead to damage to the mucous membrane and blood vessels. This might results in scabs in the nose. Once crusts in the nose arise, this leads to picking in the nose which causes an increasment of the crusts. And so the circle is complete, making it difficult to get rid of it. The nasal crusts usually consist of dried mucus, skin cells and dirty particles. Occasionally crusts contain dried blood, for example, after a nosebleed (epistaxis).
Which medicine helps against crusts in the nose?
If your nose has crusted over due to a bacterial infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. In case of irritation of the nose, a greasy ointment can help to inhibit this irritation. In addition, it is important to rinse the nose with a saline solution.
What possible conditions can cause crusts in the nose?
- Sjögren’s disease
When to contact the ENT doctor?
As mentioned, most scabs in the nose will disappear with the measures mentioned above. If the symptoms persist, it may be wise to consult a doctor. Because you need the right instruments to do a good assessment of the nose, the ENT surgeon quickly comes into the picture for the treatment of persistent crusts in the nose that do not respond well to advices from the GP. Getting something done about a stuffy nose early can often prevent other respiratory problems from developing.