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porterwine Fri 21-Apr-17 14:41:28

I'm very wary of going to the doctor unless of something really serious, so am not sure if going with this issue would have the GP scolding me in this head.

This is not pleasant so look away of squeamish. For about 4 months now, the inside of my nose has been constantly dry. It's just so "crusty" and whenever I blow my nose...a lot comes out! I used to run quite a lot but find it so hard now as I'm not breathing clearly through my nose and find I get out of breath a lot quicker because of it.

When it first started I did have a bad cold so have just been waiting for it to go away but it's been so long now and it's really frustrating. I've tried all sorts of creams for dry skin but nothing seems to be making a difference. Also the creases on the side of my nose are always dry and look fairly unsightly. My nose has always been sensitive for example every time I'm in a plane it gets really dry and slightly red and I usually have nose issues throughout my holiday.

Has anyone had anything similar to this? Would the GP see this as time wasting?

skyzumarubble Fri 21-Apr-17 14:43:09

Honestly op I don't understand this way of thinking. You have something that's b be bothering you for four months - go to the gp!

JohnLapsleyParlabane Fri 21-Apr-17 14:44:28

My mum had similar symptoms. She needed a cream and a nasal spray. Have you seen a pharmacist?

Heirhelp Fri 21-Apr-17 14:44:38

You are finding it difficult to breathe. Of course you should go to the doctors!

porterwine Fri 21-Apr-17 14:48:30

Thanks ladies sorry I know I probably do sound like an idiot lol. Just my GP is less than sympathetic. I once went in as I had this dry patch of skin on my cheek that had been there for weeks with no improvement. He said the exact words "So you've come in because you have dry skin? Have you used a moisturiser?" He was so dismissive and made me feel like a total pain. Turned out that it was actually seborrheic dermatitis! Perhaps I should ask for a different GP this time

Jumbl Fri 21-Apr-17 14:50:36

Ask a pharmacist first then if they say you need to see a gp you will feel more confident.
It may well be something a pharmacist could deal with anyway.

porterwine Fri 21-Apr-17 15:33:28

good idea, I'll try the pharmacist first! thank you

TheProblemOfSusan Fri 21-Apr-17 16:11:28

Don't go and see that gp again if you do need to go - sounds really unhelpful and dismissive.

Musicaltheatremum Fri 21-Apr-17 19:13:51

I'm a GP. I would be more than happy to see you about this. Not time wasting at all. And we need some of these small problems to lighten our load of chronic complex cases which now take up our time.
Just don't bring a huge list of other problems too 😂

FurryLittleTwerp Fri 21-Apr-17 19:18:15

I'm a GP too. No problem seeing this at all. The inflamed nose creases could well be seborrhoeic dermatitis again, & the nostril problem could be allergy &/or infection.

It doesn't matter that it's seemingly trivial, it is making your life a misery & as Musical says, we need some light relief in our surgeries!

LifeBeginsNow Fri 21-Apr-17 19:31:04

What lovely GP's you are!

FanaticalFox Fri 21-Apr-17 19:41:04

As an aside Vaseline is great for dry skin on the nose (not in the nose though!) When i have a cold i put it on at night before bed and in the morning its all soothed and smooth.

porterwine Sat 22-Apr-17 00:14:21

Furrylittletwerp and lifebeginsnow thank you for the lovely responses! This has made me feel like less of an idiot haha and yes I think the nose crease dryness is an extension of the seb derm but the cream I was prescribed by my dermatologist isn't making a difference so I'll see what GP says. I hadn't considered an allergy. Ah well will see what they say! thanks again everyone. Oh and fantaticalfox I have tried vaseline may times but unfortunately no help!

ijustwannadance Sat 22-Apr-17 00:21:51

Central heating makes my nose very dry inside. I have to switch radiator off in bedroom.

Galla Sat 22-Apr-17 00:32:41

Oh, I had this exact same nose issue for about 18 months which has finally cleared up.
Sometimes it got really bad and either one or the other nostril was very inflamed and raw.
Sometimes an entire layer of skin from inside nose would peal away.

Not sure if it was related or not but it arrived the same week I moved house so I blamed dust unsettled as house was empty for a while. But not sure if that was it as it lasted long after lots of cleaning.
It went away as mysteriously as it arrived. I used savlon on the outside edge of nostrils, and slightly inside when it was very red which felt like it helped.
Google didn't really identify what it was for me and nether did a pharmacist. I didn't feel it was GP worthy either, but you should go to nip it in the bud.

porterwine Sat 22-Apr-17 15:11:10

Galla yep sounds just like me! I haven't changed anything in terms of my environment so can't pinpoint why it's happening. Hopefully I'll get some answers. It's the struggle breathing that is the most annoying. Makes me feel like I'm just really unfit now hahaha

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