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The smell may only appear on one side of the nose, or it may affect both nostrils. so people should always discuss this symptom with their doctor. drugs to narrow blood vessels in the nose; steroid creams or sprays.

Rhinolith: An important cause of foul-smelling nasal discharge

A variety of health conditions — most of which are related to your sinuses — can trigger a rotten smell in your nose. Fortunately, most of these foul fragrances are temporary and not signs of a life-threating condition. They tend to be indications that mucus or polyps are blocking your airways. If a bad smell is filling your nose and there are no outward culprits to blame, you may need to look inward, or rather, have a physician examine your sinuses and throat for clues to your malodorous mystery to start clearing things up. Nasal polyps are soft noncancerous growths that can form on the wall of your nasal cavity or sinuses. These small, teardrop-shaped growths form as a result of chronic inflammation. If you have asthma, allergies, or frequent sinus infections, your risk of developing nasal polyps increases.

Back to Health A to Z. Smelling things that aren't there is called phantosmia. It can be unpleasant and affect how things taste. But it isn't usually serious and may go away by itself in a few weeks or months. Rinsing the inside of your nose with a salt water solution may help temporarily stop the strange smell.

The inside of the nose is covered with moist, delicate tissue mucosa that has a rich supply of blood vessels near the surface. When this tissue is injured, even from a minor nick or scratch, these blood vessels tend to bleed, sometimes heavily. Nosebleeds near the front of the nose, called anterior nosebleeds, are very common since this is the most accessible area to injury. The most frequent location is the nasal septum, the wall between the two sides of the nose. In most cases, this type of nosebleed is not serious.

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What Causes Nosebleeds

I have a musty smell in my nose and can't seem to get rid of it. I've experienced this problem for the last couple of months and it's really starting to affect my quality of life. Do you have any advice? Changes in your sense of smell are rarely life-threatening, but they can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Your senses of smell and taste are closely linked, and many people who lose their sense of smell find that food loses much of its taste as well. In fact, most of the flavour of food is largely due to its smell. Like taste, smell is a chemical sense.

I am sorry to hear that you have been dealing with a headache all day, and that you smell blood in your nose, and that you are worried about what might be going on. It will be difficult to tell you exactly what is going on without being able to get more information from you. They will be able to take more of a history, and examine you, including looking up your nose maybe with scopes to help figure out what might be going on. While headaches are fairly non-descript, and do not often correlate with the diagnosis of sinusitis, it is possible as you suggest that you may be dealing with a sinus infection. They can cause abnormal smells in the nose, and can even cause inflammatory changes in the mucosal lining on the nose and sinuses which can lead to bleeding. Strictly speaking, the symptoms and signs on sinusitis nasal obstruction, pain, pressure, drainage, etc have to be present for at least 2 weeks for an ENT to say it is bacterial sinusitis, so I am not sure that they will want to treat your symptoms with antibiotics since they appear to only have been present for a day thus far. The ENT will be able to help you figure out what might be going on.


  1. Fleur P. says:

    What's Causing the Bad Smell in My Nose, and How Do I Cure It? If there is blood in your mucus, you should see a doctor immediately.

  2. Cosette C. says:

    Rhinoliths result from neglected nasal foreign bodies that gradually increase in size.

  3. Floricinra1980 says:

    What causes a musty smell in the nose? | Patient

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