Hi, I was wondering if anyone has trouble with sores in the nose? I have aterrible time with this:sad: Are there any suggestions as how to make them go away or at least more comfortable? I'd sure be grateful for any input Thanks, f jean
I suffer with nose and mouth sores my Dr always prescribes me some steroid cream and I also take anti-viral medication which is the cause of sores. It takes a few days to start working but together they are a good combination.
I used to get them in the bad old days pre diagnosis and treatement.
You might find vaseline helps soothe the ulcer in the short term.
In the long term though getting the disease under control will reduce how often you get them and how long they last, as well as other symptoms too. What meds are you on, and how would you describe your disease control in general?
I am newly diagnosed in July. At the time of my diagnosis I had multiple, very painful sores in both nostrils. There was no uninvolved tissue. I was miserable, could not find an explanation for the sores, and was frantic. The oozing from the sores was so bad it had become obvious to others at work.
I began taking Plaquenil and the sores resolved spontaneously about 2 weeks later. About 3 weeks after that, I overexerted myself and new sores reappeared in my left nostril, along with a very swollen lymph gland in my neck on the same side. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic and I used antibiotic ointment (Muciprocin?). The sores went away again after a few days.
A culture showed the nose sore to be a form of staph so we are watching carefully if more appear. I have learned that for me, nose sores are a sign of uncontrolled lupus. I am still learning my own triggers but can certainly sympathize with you on this one. Hope this helps!
I often get these nasal sores and asked my sle consultant about them about a month ago whilst in hospital. This was his advice:
Steam inhalations keep the nasal cavity moist; do it about 2-3 times a day. Previously he had prescribed a paste called orabase which is actually used for mouth ulcers but can be used in the nose. He said it would provide a covering over the sores to enable them to heal. I used it for about 2-3 days and since then I havent had them nearly as bad. He said that nasal sores are indicative and confirmation of my active lupus.
I also use from time to time a saline nasal spray which you can get from a chemist/pharmacy for about £6 and I think you can also get it on prescription but Im note sure. I dont know which country you are from but if you are in the UK I can give you the name if that helps by private message.
I agree with the other posts that the vaseline helps, particularly at night to line the nasal cavity and stop it stinging thru the night; sometimes I would wake up in alot of pain in my nose and I found this really helped. I have also had an antibiotic cream quite a few times as I also get dreadful siniusitis frequently too and this has helped too. Again I can let you know by pm if you need details.
I know only too well how uncomfortable these are and you have my greatest sympathy!
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Calendula cream can be found anywhere that herbal plant products are sold, whether a health store or a pharmacy. It is often recommended for baby skin care.
Another natural healing and antibiotic substance that can be helpful for all sorts of sores is tea tree oil. It is one of the two essential oils that can be used neat but since nose sores often need softening buy a tea tree ointment or mix with vaseline or some emollient type ointment. Or put the vaseline on top of the tea tree oil. Ointments, thick stuff are better then creams for this purpose Use a cotton bud one for each nostril and avoid contact with eyes. Wash hands afterwards.
Looking back, nasal sores were one of the first signs of my lupus. They come back when I am flaring.
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