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Smell inside nose

Smell inside nose

Postby gigi70 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:44 pm

I have a really bad smell from inside my nose. :-)
I am not sure what it is and I find that in one nostril it seems to get really crusty on the inside and then oozes a bit when I get the scab off. Then it just scabs over again.
I googled 'bad smell in nose after rhinoplasty' and this came up. Is it something I should be concerned about (could I have an infection somehow?)? Should I use something like a saline spray up there?
It's kind of a rotten horrid smell. I wanted to mention it to my doctor yesterday but I forgot.

http://www.realself.com/question/normal ... hinoplasty

then I found this on this site:

Did anyone else notice a different smell in their nose 5 weeks out from rhinoplasty? It's had this smell actually since the surgery. At first I thought it was normal because of the surgery but as time goes on I wonder if it could be something else.
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby angybaby » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:52 pm

I would get it looked at..... that seemed to be the general consensus from the Docs on Real self.... Let us know :D
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby Al77 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:13 pm

I know that smell very well... it's a rancid, awful stench you can't get away from lol. Don't worry yourself too much, it's quite normal and many people have had it during early healing. It's usually related to stitches dissolving and gunk that's still hidden in the nose. However, get it checked for peace of mind anyway...
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby expiredgummiworm » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:16 pm

I would definitely clean it out with some saline and some q tips. keep the area clean regardless of smell or not
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby Goldlt » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:17 pm

Yess I have it too...I went crazy last week looking it up online because it bothered me so much...and its totally normal...its from a buildup of mucous that normally drips down past your nose and down your throat throughout the day but because up internal swelling it gets kinda backed up. It just started gong away for me but everyone's different, your surgery was more invasive than mine. But I'm sure it'll go away soon enough. It is a terrible smell I must say!
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby rox4me » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:21 pm

i totally agree with finallynunose that you need to not pick at the scab but PLEASE contact your doctor and ask him what you should do if anything, by way of ointments, washes, etc. there are some suggestions here on treatments, ointments and qtip use that during my one-month post op, my docs told me to discontinue using as it could actually do more harm than good. It might not be a big deal like some of posters have said, and this board is a great resource for suggestions and sharing experiences but you should run them by your doctor before acting on it.
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby tecken » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:41 pm

yes it is common i had it n still have it sometime n i like it it smell nasty a bit but sexy :p u just need to clean it with a qtip. dont worry.
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby sdf38 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:36 pm

tecken wrote:yes it is common i had it n still have it sometime n i like it it smell nasty a bit but sexy :p u just need to clean it with a qtip. dont worry.

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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby JonathanA » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:03 pm

Rinse out your nose thoroughly with saline and gently remove some of the mucous crusts with a Q-tip.

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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby bella_g » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:30 am

Finallynunose wrote:Gigi

Get your HANDS OFF that scab. Leave it alone. NO PICKING IT OFF.

This is what my MD said to me:

Keep your hands OUT OF THERE! You going in there would be NO DIFFERENT than opening up the incision of an appendectomy and messing around.

Normal saline washes, some type of ointment on the hard spots: Bacitracin, Aquaphor etc and if they say ok perhaps the occasional use of Afrin or your prescribed nose spray.


Worst case scenario, ask your doc to put you back on antibiotics. Another dose of them will not be the worst thing you can do.

Completely agree with you finallynunose! Scabs should not be picked at all. I had that awful smell when I had my primary and the crusting was terrible. It's been so different this time round with my revision. Absolutely NO smell whatsoever thanks to the nasal washes that I had to do 3-4 times a day followed by antibiotic ointment.

GIGI, what post surgery care did you PS advise you to follow?
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby gigi70 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:03 am

I wasn't given any post op advice from my surgeon's office. They had a sheet to give me but the nurse was in such a hurry to get me out the door she forgot to give it to me. (the nurse was probably the worst experience of my rhino -- she was so mean and wanted me to leave asap, I think she wanted to go home! i woke up very panicky because I couldn't breathe, and my chin was so painful and she was making me feel 10 times worse because she was just horrible! When my husband came to get me, he said why was that nurse such a b**ch? He noticed it too!!)

I called them to ask and they really didn't give me any advice other than to put ointment on my scar.

I just emailed the doc and he said to use Ocean spray in there. I'll have to go pick some up.
It sounds as if the smell is fairly normal then.

LOL...I wouldn't call it a sexy smell, tecken but each to their own!
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby kelley77 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:12 pm


I used to use neosporin ointment every day around the edges and inside where it got crusty, that would soften things up. Also, I'd squirt the saline every night and morning and after getting out of the shower use a qtip to get it cleaned out well. The scabs will soften and come right out when ready with a qtip. Definitely don't pick because you could cause damage or infection.

I am still using qtips daily!
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby Ariana2007 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:30 am

Which saline wash were you all using? I am not familiar with any since I never used them. Also, which day did you start doing the saline wash? I had my surgery yesterday and the blood has crusted so thick inside my nose I feel so suffocated; I want to scream. I've been cleaning the sides with hydrogen peroxide/water mix and then applying ointment, but it is not helping. How deep should I go with the q tip?

Also, how do you do the saline wash exactly?
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby Ariana2007 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:14 pm

Yes, my surgeon advised me to use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water for the first 3 days on three cuts of my open rhino, so I am not sure why you are telling me not to use it. After the application of that mixture, I apply the antibacterial ointment. Has anyone else heard about this as being bad?

I was just curious about saline wash since I have a lot of dried up blood. My surgeon has not talked to me about that, so I was curious. And no, I am not going to blow my nose. That would be insane. lol

I guess I will send him a message and ask about the saline spray just to make sure it's okay.
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Re: Smell inside nose

Postby gigi70 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:48 pm

I was told no to the saline spray for a few weeks at least. I'm not sure why.
Now, I have this funny smell and crusty stuff still happening they said to start using the Ocean Spray in there.

I couldn't find it for some reason so I ordered some online, hopefully that will help.
I was not told to use the hydrogen peroxide and only use the antibiotic ointment inside and outside the nose.
I guess many surgeons will offer different advice.
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