New library article on Nasal Irrigations

Studies on nasal complaints in patients with ectodermal dysplasias have shown that although structurally things appear relatively normal inside the nose, patients often have problems with dryness, crusting and rhinoliths. You may call them “nasal rocks”, concretions or simply big boogers!

A mom holds a nasal rock from her toddler with HED after nasal irrigations
We don’t want to be gross but did want to show you what one mother shared with her us after she did nasal irrigations on her toddler son who has x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. This can be the type of think mucous that can lead to crusting and be foul smelling. This is why nasal irrigations are important!

Many parents have expressed great difficulties in managing their children’s concretions and crusting in our private Facebook group for families affected by hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Hard nasal “rocks” can grow to tremendous size requiring frequent removal, both by parents and healthcare professionals.

We have a new library article titled “Nasal Irrigations” written by Dr. Brandon Hopkins to help you manage at home the symptoms and complications caused by the concretions. He is a pediatric ear-nose-throat doctor (otolaryngologist) at Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute who also serves on our Scientific Advisory Council. He shares in the article proper techniques on nasal irrigation and nasal rinses.

Importance of Removal

Nasal crusting is caused by abnormal mucus production or excessive accumulation. The mucus is thick and does not drain normally. Large crusts may form which may interfere with breathing or emit a foul odor. Parents frequently report these odors from their children’s noses.

My son is 12 and uses a Neti Pot. You won’t believe what comes out of his sinuses. Seriously, I’ve never considered that something so large could be inhabiting my son’s sinuses . . . know that it IMMEDIATELY takes away the smell.–CH

While the formation of these rocks or concretions seems to improve with age, problems with nasal obstruction and crusting commonly do persist in to adulthood. They are also predisposed to frequent sinus infections.

Saline Solutions

Dr. Hopkins recommends a recipe for a salt water rinse in his article on nasal irrigations. Perform rinses regularly to improve blockage and dryness symptoms. Many of our parents can attest that rinses are very effective in dislodging these blockages.

When my boys get stuffy, we will use repeated gentle saline misting every few minutes to really soften things up, and then it is easier to extract anything built up in there. Sometimes it will just pour out if they lay down for a bit. –RS

One parent said she made it a point to always irrigate her daughter’s nose before dental visits. Doing this helped her daughter breathe better when the dentist was working in her mouth!

Dr. Hopkins recommends that parents do not forcibly hold down their children when preforming these rinses. Instead, consider allowing your child to be in a sitting or standing position. This will make the nasal irrigations easier and more effective for both your child and yourself. Your child will be grateful for the experience and its effects.

We have now gotten to the point that we do a Neti Pot every night before bed, and it is amazing how clear his nose is! Pretty much every time we do the Neti Pot, we get concretions out and afterword my son says, “I CAN BREATHE! –MP

Alternative Nasal Irrigations

You might also consider using humidification to remove the nasal rocks. We recommend using cold humidification because it is safer to use cold steam than hot steam. Children can pull over the hot humidifier and subsequently acquire bad burns.

Swimming and bathing can also provide relief. Parents report that when their children soak in a bath or swim in a pool, it helped nasal irrigations to occur naturally.

Sound Off

Learn more from Dr. Hopkins’ article about how often you should irrigate, the benefits, recipe and proper method. What have you found to be helpful to clear out the nasal rocks? Tell us in the comments below! We aim to ensure that all of your health needs are being met and to keep you updated on all the latest information.

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96 comments on “Nasal Irrigations Prevent and Treat Crusting”

  1. 1
    Elizabeth Reed on October 27, 2019

    I am almost 70 yrold female. I have been to Dr numerous times with a horrible taste in my mouth. Mostly during the night and especially upon waking in the morning. Sometimes so bad during the night I need to get up and rinse my mouth out. It feels like it comes from the back of my throat area.I have dry crusties in the morning like bits and pieces. Phlegem upon waking too. These conditions are not evident during the day so think it has something to do with my lying down in bed. Have had numerous scripts of Nasonex but does very little if anything. Just purchased a neti pot and not seeing a lot of difference. Please advise

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on October 28, 2019

      Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Are you affected by ectodermal dysplasia and if so, which type? This might help us better understand what could possibly be causing your issue. Thanks, Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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      Wade T. on April 1, 2021

      Elizabeth Reed: I just stumbled on this page but here is my advice: Your condition may be environmental. Since your problem only happens when you go to bed it may be something in your bedroom: curtains, sheets, blankets, even the mattress. I once had an asthma issue and discovered mildew growing on the back of my headboard – cleaning it off with Lysol stopped the attacks.

    3. 4
      Lei on September 15, 2021

      Maybe Tonsil stones?

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    Sue Peterson on December 19, 2019

    Try Nasaline syringe – much easier and less messy than Neti-pot. I am 67 yrs old and had sinus issues all my life until my ENT performed in-ofc sinuplasty. He prescribed compound Gentamicin & Budesonide capsules in the saline solution from Advanced RX, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. morning and night.

    1. 6
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on January 2, 2020

      Thank you for sharing what has worked for you. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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      Janine DeSimone on September 21, 2020

      I know this is old, but I have a deviated septum. I am a mouth breather and it’s uncomfortable and gross. I use a Neti pot, it doesn’t work. You mentioned something in office. Could that help with my problem. I live very close to Plymouth Meeting if you like your dr., please share. I’ve never had a good ENT. I’ve tried and gave up.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 28, 2020

      Hi, Sue. Sorry to hear you continue to have issues. We are not in a position to be able to say if a particular treatment would work in your case. We encourage you to keep trying other ENTs to see if you can find answers. I’m sure you are frustrated but keep asking. You might consider treatment at local university, as perhaps they would have a team that could help you. Good luck! ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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      Michael on January 23, 2021

      I know you have mentioned about your nasal situation sometime ago but I have a couple questions about what you do with my situation. I have my nasal passage dry with I would assume crust from you kiss blowing out and then I guess whatever I don’t get out dries up on the side of my nasal’s and get hard and I’m trying to figure out what are the best remedies to get it stuck from the side of my nasals so then I can use something to suck it out so my question is what would you do in this type of situation

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    Ken Boyd on January 6, 2020

    Should you switch nostril sides eg: do the right side then do the left side?

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on January 7, 2020

      Hi, Ken. If you download Dr. Hopkins’ article, you can read more about what he suggests you do for treatment. Good luck! ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Dianna Woods on March 4, 2020

    I was referred to Virginia Mason and later to University of Washington, both in Seattle. Had to have a serious sinus surgery to get rid of infection. ENTs at both hospitals recommended using Ponaris drops to prevent dry crusting. It helps a lot but I had to order it through Walgrens since no one carried it in my city. Hope this is helpful.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on March 4, 2020

      Hi, Dianna. Thank you for sharing what has worked for you. Hope your surgery was a success and you are infection free! ~ Jodi, Director, Marketing and Communications, NFED

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    Denise on March 8, 2020

    Hello, I’ve been dealing with a very foul smelly odor coming from my right nostril. It started in 2009 from a failed root canal treatment that wasn’t discovered by CT scans by the dentist. It was discovered by a cone beam scan from the endodontist in 2016 that showed build up of infection in my right nasal cavity. The tooth was retreated..then later removed. I’ve been to 3 different ENT doctors and they all say my sinuses are clear. And antibiotics, nor medicated nasal rinses, steroids have helped me. I get nasal crusting, backed up drainage that sometimes comes out after neti pot…but the smell remains. It has ruined my social life. What can I do?

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on March 9, 2020

      Hi, Denise. We are sorry to hear about the issues you have been having. What type of ectodermal dysplasia do you have? ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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      Memma White on September 14, 2020

      My problem parallel yours so much that I wish you and I could communicate about what types of treatment options to pursue. I also had a cracked tooth that became infected and perforated into my sinus cavities. My dentists ignored my complaints until I switched dentists. The new dentist saw the crack in my tooth with a laser beam. Even after the tooth was extracted, the tonsil stones and foul odor remained. After diagnosing my condition as Vasomotor rhinitis, my present ENT doctor just threw up her hands and said that I have to live with it. I use nasal irrigations constantly to no avail. I have used saline and alkalol to no avail and would like to expand my treatment options. Antibiotics don’t seem to help at all. Like you, my social and professional life is in tatters. I am still looking for other solutions. Just to let you know, you are not alone. If you have any desire to share your thoughts and options privately, please PM me and I will respond. Wish you the best of luck. Thanks. Memma.

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      Sandie on April 25, 2021

      I had the same thing. It ended up being osteomyelitis in my jaw bone from the infected root canal that festered in there for many years. I have had 3 surgeries in the hospital. They removed my jawbone and replaced it. Have an MRI, hopefully it will tell you.

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    Angela Heard on April 1, 2020

    I am a 46 year old female and about 2 1/2 years ago the inside of my nose started crusting over. When I saw 2 different ENT doctors they both tried using tweezers to pull it out but couldn’t . One ENT doctor did biopsy of the inside of my nose. The biopsy said it was inflammation. So I had to go to a dermatologist. She gave me some facial cleanser. Still didn’t help. I didn’t get diagnosed with anything. With my biopsy showing inflammation doesn’t that mean something else is causing it?

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      Mary Fete on April 1, 2020

      Hi Angela,
      boy that is a good question. Why don’t you discuss your biopsy results with both the ENT and Dermatologist? Please keep us posted if you learn anything that would help other families. I hope this crusting (your skin dried in your nose) resolves soon. It must be uncomfortable. Did your ENT recommend nasal irrigation to loosen the crusting? Keep me posted. Please stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. Mary, NFED Executive Director.

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    Angela Heard on April 1, 2020

    Forgot to tell that the crust turned out to be my skin.

    1. 21
      Patricia F Neyman on September 29, 2020

      Could you expand on this what do you mean, your skin? I am trying to figure out the reason for my own crusting.

  8. 22
    Boll Driscoll on April 13, 2020

    How much Salt can I use for my Sinus Rinse made by NeilMed

    1. 23
      Mary Fete on April 14, 2020

      Hi Boll,
      Check out this article on the NFED website… you will find everything you need to know.
      Please let me know if you have other questions. Take care during this stressful time. Mary, NFED Executive Director.

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      Anesti Christoforidis on March 3, 2021

      1 packet per 8oz bottle which neilmed comes with the bottle..I use it 6x per day & its the best advice my ENT ever gave me. I also add 1 capsule of Budesonide inhalation suspension .25mg 2x a day for irritation & inflammation helps with crusting also.

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    louis Farkas on May 2, 2020

    I lost instructions. How much water, salt to use in Neti pot

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on May 4, 2020

      Hi, Louis. You can find the instructions in this article: Good luck!

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      s.k. karra on July 15, 2020

      put the salt in right amount. if it is too much your nose will burn and if it is less you can’t put the water in your nose. first warm the water not too much hot just you can put in your nose. Then add salt which is right for you. you have to little tilt the head one side. I am doing it this nati kriya from last fifty five years.minimum 250ml in one side.

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    Urael on May 9, 2020

    Hi, I’m 34 years and I’ve been experiencing nasal congestion and crusting for 8months. I often blow out hard mucus substance from my nose with difficulty. Please I need help on how to treat myself. Thanks

    1. 29
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on May 11, 2020

      We are sorry to hear about the issues you are facing. We encourage you to download the article mentioned in the blog. Follow those steps in irrigating our nose daily and this may help you.

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    Lyra Regala on May 10, 2020

    hi, i’m 23 yrs old. I’ve been experiencing a lot of mocus sicreation in a day. I am diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, and atrophic rhinitis. Please help me on how to treat myself. Thank you.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on May 11, 2020

      Hello. ARe you affected by an ectodermal dysplasia that is causing your sinus issues? We always recommend that you talk with your doctor for how to best treat your personal symptoms. We offered the tips in this article for anyone with nasal crusting who has ectodermal dysplasia. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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      Susan on July 7, 2020

      I am sorry to hear that. You can try drinking ginger water. It is known to help get rid of mucus. Hope that helps.

  12. 33
    Edward Dean on May 28, 2020

    Hi, when I sneeze the smell of the moisture that comes out smells really bad. What it the best way to eliminate this issue? Thanks.

    1. 34
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on May 28, 2020

      Hi, Edward. Irrigating your nose on a regular basis may help. The article outlines how to do that. We would encourage you to consult your physician and ask. – Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Edward Dean on May 30, 2020

    Thank you Jodi. I did a neti pot rinse yesterday. I mixed sea salt, baking soda and Xylitol in some warm distilled water. My nose felt much better and I didn’t wake up with a stuffy nose. Felt clear this morning. Thanks

    1. 36
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on June 2, 2020

      Glad you got some relief! Jodi

  14. 37
    Edward Dean on June 2, 2020

    Thank you Jodi. 🙂

  15. 38
    Nina on June 4, 2020

    I’m 39 yr out have blk crust in n around my nasal passage in both nostil how do I stop it from crusting again

    1. 39
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on June 4, 2020

      Hi, Nina. We would encourage you to talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Philip Bruno on July 13, 2020

    Hi I have suffered with sinus issues since 2005 have had a couple infections along the way, about 6 yrs ago I had to go to emergency room my nose was so dry it felt sharp spikes in my nose, have to 3 or 4 Ents all of them were absolutely worthless, just a couple days ago I had my 4th or 5th sinus ct scan there was some mucosanal thickening in ethmoid sinus as well as thickening in some other sinuses but the one thing I have noticed again was a septal spur which I read can cause dryness is that true, because I realized recently that NY sinus issues started around the time I got hit in face with basketball, I did not break anything but I read spurs are usually caused by trauma. I have tried everything nothing works salt rinsed increases dryness and even when something works it comes back within a few hrs, one last thing I also have sleep apnea can that contribute to dryness. Thank You sorry for such along question but it has been a complete nightmare the last 15 yrs.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on July 14, 2020

      Hi, Philip. Are you affected by ectodermal dysplasia? Our organization and this article was intended for people born with this condition. Unfortunately, we are not able to answer your question as we don’t know the answer. We would encourage you to keep searching for a physician who can provide you answers. Sorry to hear about all of our issues and we hope you find relief and treatment. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    climatecool on July 28, 2020

    Amazing post with lots of useful information.
    Thanks for posting.

    1. 43
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on August 4, 2020

      You are welcome.

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    Paul on August 7, 2020

    Within the past couple of months I was suffering from nasal crustiness inside and around top of nostrils. This occurred after experiencing dried bloody build up upon waking in the morning. I mentioned it to my dermatologist at my semi annual visit. She recommended twice a day application of mupirocin ointment 2 times day for 7-10 days. Crustiness stopped after 1st application of mupirocin

    1. 45
      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on August 10, 2020

      Glad you found something that worked for you, Paul. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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      Memma White on September 14, 2020

      Hi Paul,
      Thank you for providing this solution to the community. Could you kindly tell me how you apply mupirocin ointment in your nostrils? As a thickened ointment, how do you liquefy it for entering into your sinus cavities? Thank you.

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    Adrain on September 7, 2020

    Hey this is adrain Lozano I just found out I think my nose is swollen and it when I touch my nose inside it feels hard and sharp like if does not feel soft and u know what I mean by my right side and left side of my nose between my 👃 but worse part of it is I can’t sleep very well it’s also making me feel anxious so but I am going get a docters test around Tuesday but more like this week wensday sometime like that it sucks I gotta wait and it feels like I’m going to lilltery lose my breathing and just collapse or even die but I’m not going to beause I am still breathing but it’s just harder to breath but all I can do is calm down and feel realx till I get this thing gone so what kind of things should I do so I can get my nose feeling again better and I heard it’s mucas that’s causing it. I also when I touch it it feels hard like a rock and I took medince for it I thought at first it was my breathing but no it wasn’t it was my nose making my breathing case if me breath barley and making feel anxiety so I pray god to help me and it seems to work but I gotta find a way to get this hard Muscat’s out of me or whatver it is like NASAL IRRIGATION also it is under the skin I think I’m not sure what to do so like when I touch it feels like hard and yeah but what can help me so I can get this done asp beause I’m worried it’s going get worser I’m also 18 and I just want this to be quicker if not then I’m going have struggling breathing. Please help

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 8, 2020

      Hi, Adrain. I’m so sorry to hear about your difficulties. It sounds like you are doing the right thing by seeing a doctor. He/she will be able to assess your situation and create a treatment plan for you to get some relief. Good luck! Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Patt on September 10, 2020

    For dry nose, I got a glass jar from the natural food store, 3 inches high. Put distilled water half full. Then l put glycerin in, drissled it in. Shake it and use a q-tip and swab each nostril. I do this twice a day, and it works right away and wonderfully.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 10, 2020

      Glad you have found something that works for you.

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    Pool Coping on September 26, 2020

    Here we get to know about nasal irrigation prevent and treat crusting information in detail. It helps us to decide that which one is best among its types. I enjoyed reading this article and would suggest others it as well. Thank you for this article! This is really very informative for us.

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    Cheryl Dunbar on September 26, 2020

    I just had surgery in my nose. Can’t remember what he called it, I hsvec3 spacers in my nose and it hurts if I touch them. Do you recommend a nebuluzer to remove crusty stuff . Also why does my nose continue to be totally plugged up. I have to wear something under my nose for drainage. How long will
    This last? Thank you

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    Patricia F Neyman on September 29, 2020

    Thank you for keeping this exchange going. There are a couple of contributions that may help me with my nose crustiness. I have been to an ENT, he did scans and looked up my nose and said I don’t have it have anything. Sent me to an allergist the allergist found no allergies. But every night, my nose slowly gets blocked, and sometimes I have to get up and clean it out so I will be able to breathe. I guess this is the nose crustiness everyone is talking about. Some kind of mucus is coming from up above. And still they say I have no infection, but they have refused to actually take a sample and get it checked. And there is blood, so there is the chance of infection with all my messing around up there. My nose is a little swollen and a little sore, so it has me worried.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 29, 2020

      Hi, Patricia. Are you affected by ectodermal dysplasia? This post was written to specifically address nasal issues for people born with that disorder. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Patricia F. Neyman on September 29, 2020

    I know. But it has turned into something else, and it has turned out to be extremely useful, so thank you. The ENT and allergist I saw were useless.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on September 30, 2020

      So glad that you found the information useful, Patricia! Hope you are able to get relief from your symptoms. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    AB on October 4, 2020

    Is it common to get one of these after a sinus infection? It was yellow in tint but a bit more solid.

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on October 5, 2020

      Hi, AB. Do you have ectodermal dysplasia? This article addresses the blockages that occur in that syndrome rather than due to sinus infection. Consider addressing your question to your doc or ENT to be sure. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Sheila Ryan on October 12, 2020

    After several years of dealing with mucus as hard as rock in my nose I bought an inexpensive nasal sprayer. I use it at least every hour. I spray room temperature water into my nostrils blow my nose & spray again. This has worked well for me. The bad odor is gone & I sleep better. I also bought one of those nose hair cutters. That helps too. I am an 88 year old female. Sheila

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      Elaine on November 17, 2020

      For months I have a white rubbery substance attached & growing inside both my nostrils. I started trying to pick it loose. Some pieces would break partially loose & I pulled them out. Inside stays coated & raw. My incompetent Dr says it’s connective tissue, not to pick at it, but coat with petroleum jelly. Now horrible, some pieces green, it’s red & raw under the gluelike mucus. I have to pull some of this out! I live in an isolated area, not many health providers. Have appoint. With ENT specialist, but not for 4 more weeks. So sick, painful, & afraid.

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      Cha on April 30, 2021

      Hi Sheila! I’m dealing with the same problem also. I have it for such a long time, went to the doctor for a couple of times but no help. I feel so embarrassed when I’m around with my friends and see them covering their nose, my social life is also affected with this thing. Can you please tell me what kind of spray you are using and you mentioned that you also spray your nose with water? Is it just a plain water or you put something in it?

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      Kelley Atchison on May 6, 2021

      We’re sorry to learn that you are experiencing the nasal rocks and odor. You might try the nasal irrigations shared in this blog and the article referenced. Also, check out the webinar on Ear, Nose and Throat Concerns. You may need to see an ear, nose and throat specialist. Please contact me with any questions. Kelley Atchison, NFED Director, Family and Community Programs,

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    Roxie on November 22, 2020

    So firstly I do not have ectodermal dysplasia…however I do have atrophic rhinisitus. The foul smell has left me alone, I no longer want to be around people. The look as well where my nose is swollen has caused me such anxiety.

    Can anyone please direct me to some good advice from others who suffer with the same?

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on November 23, 2020

      Hi, Roxie. Thanks for clarifying that you are affected. We’ve had a lot of comments on the blog from individuals who are not affected so wanted to be sure. I’m so sorry to hear of the challenges you are facing. We do hear from other families about the foul smell so understand what you are saying. I know many of them do regular irrigations to help clear our their nasal passages to help with the concretions which are often the cause of the foul smell. We do have several private Facebook groups where our families talk about issues like these. If you go to the group, there is a Popular Topic section and you can search for nose issues to find any past conversation threads on the topic. You can find links to them here: There’s also a form on that page you can ask for a family list of people with your syndrome or state if that’s help for you. We also have a webinar you might want to watch for tips on how to handle: Feel free to give our office a call at 618-566-2020 and ask for Kelley. She may be able to connect you with someone else who experiences this problem. We are here to help and provide support as best we can. We hope you find solutions. ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    Emma on November 23, 2020

    I’m 38, In the last couple of years it seems whenever the weather changes drastically I get nasal drip into my throat meaning I’m constantly trying to clear my throat but this time I am also waking up with a thin layer of mucus in both nostrils which I manually clear, I don’t understand the sudden change

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      Jodi Edgar Reinhardt on November 23, 2020

      Hi, Emma. What type of ectodermal dysplasia affects you? Have you mentioned this to your physician? ~ Jodi, NFED, Director, Marketing and Communications

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    laure on November 25, 2020

    i use colloidal silver to kill the infection that seems to cause scabs inside my sinuses. When i blow my nose a big gooey scab comes out. and it stinks like a metal odor.

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    Bruce Brown on December 13, 2020

    I use a cpap because I do snore terribly and it helps greatly. My nasal passages though are blocked every day and evening and the only thing I can seem to find that will open them up is Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride and i have to use it at least once every evening before I put my cpap mask on so I can breath. I’ve tried everything else and wanted to see if you may know of something different. I’ve tried the neti pod, Flonaze Triamcinolone Acetonide etc. I’m at at dead end and my nose has got to where it bleeds too. Thank you Bee

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      Kelley Atchison on January 8, 2021

      Thank you for sharing your routine with us, Bruce. You might download Dr. Hopkins’ article, to read more about what he suggests you do for treatment. Good luck! ~Kelley, Director, Family and Community Programs

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    Aaron on January 7, 2021

    My daughter is 6 an I have to clean her poor little nose out every night an morning if I skip a day her nose is almost completely closed up. Her boogers will be reall hard an big. I can grab her nose with my fingers an can’t even squeeze it because it’s so hard. Please send me info!

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      Kelley Atchison on January 8, 2021

      Hi, Aaron. If you download Dr. Hopkins’ article, you can read more about what he suggests you do for treatment. Best wishes! ~Kelley, Director, Family and Community Programs

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    Peter Allen on February 13, 2021

    After having what felt like a constant drip of clear mucus in my throat causing me to be constantly clearing it I spoke to my Doctor over the phone due to Covid restrictions on GP visits. He suggested I use a nasal spray (Memetasone) which I began to use and it seemed to have an immediate effect in relieving my symptoms. However after using for 3 weeks I started to notice dry blood in both nostrils when I blew my nose. I stoped using the nasal spray at this point which is about 7 days ago now and whilst my symptoms returned they are not as bad as they were but the blood remains to be there when I blow my nose on occasions. I am hoping to have another chat with my Doctor but I thought I’d ask if you had any thoughts/advise on my experience. Many thanks, Peter

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      Kelley Atchison on February 18, 2021

      Hi, Peter. Please share your question with me at I will gladly see what information might benefit you. Always, continue to speak with your personal doctors.

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    karen j. on February 16, 2021

    I went to an ear,throat and nose expert with a terrible smell in my right nostril and he said I had a crust so he pulled it out and said that what you are smelling and he said to use flonaise once a day and a cream rub it in your nose every night. it has been at least 2 weeks and some time the smell comes back so how long am I going to have this. I do have some sinus problems also

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      Kelley Atchison on February 17, 2021

      Karen, nasal rocks are a common symptom for some of the ectodermal dysplasias. Please contact Kelley at, she can guide you to additional information.

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    Mark Dandooy on February 26, 2021

    I need help please. Not even sure this is the right place. When I was in high school I had bloody noses as a result of me picking my nose and scratching nose with fingernail. Due to embarrassment, I lied to my father and said the nosebleeds were spontaneous. I then had a nasal cauterization on the right septum. Great nosebleeds stop but the cauterization removed all hair follicles and ever since boogers form and stick very firmly to the septum. I feel like I can’t breathe when they are present. Ideally, a hot shower and some nose blowing will loosen the adherence but some times not. I’m then left to struggle and try to pick, dislodge by friction or repeated attempts to dislodge this very tenacious booger on a daily basis. Is there something I can do to make this easier or prevent it from happening? Thank you.

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      Kelley Atchison on March 1, 2021

      We recommend that you speak to your physician or Ears, Nose, Throat doctor for advice. We do not have information to guide you for this particular concern.

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    Graham Adamson on February 28, 2021

    The insides of my nose and sinuses get so sore . Saline washes don’t help , and often seem to make things worse . I don’t have any obvious infection in the mucus , which is clear , but can often be thick and stringy , and seems to build up in the sinuses . My eyes can be affected , as the inflammation effects the nerves around my right eye particularly , and my vision often becomes blurred , and there is often a resulting headache . Is it safe to use some sort of lubricant inside the nose ? I have read that some people have successfully used one of the following : Vaseline , Aloe Vera , Glycerin , and pure organic Sesame Oil .

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      Kelley Atchison on March 1, 2021

      You can certainly follow the information linked from this article. We also encourage you to speak to your physician or Ears, Nose, Throat doctor for advice. We hope you find relief soon.

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    Hunter Fritz on March 2, 2021

    In October 2019 I got very sick with MRSA in the nose and throat. I went from being 180lbs to 110lbs in 3-4 months because I wasn’t able to swallow food or water since I hurt so much. The doctors kept giving me antibiotics for months upon months and the ENT doctor kept having my use a neti pot to flush out my nose. From the MRSA eating away at my nose and throat I would flush out chunks of dead skins or also cough some up. But awhile a year of me not getting better I finally gave up and stopped going to the doctors and for the past 5 months I haven’t been able to inhale or exhale through my nose and I can’t smell anything. Do any of you have further knowledge or have been through something similar could that you could tell me what to do?

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      Hunter Fritz on March 2, 2021

      I have also tried using the sinus rinse recently and every once in awhile but my nose is so plugged I can’t even get any water up there. It’s like I’m covering the hole up to the bottle and squirting. That’s how plugged my nose is.

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    Rajesh on May 11, 2021

    When i am taking the deep breath my left eye gets small pain. its for years . What could be the reason. kindly advice

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      Kelley Atchison on May 11, 2021

      Hello, Rajesh. We do not know what could cause this pain in your eye. If you haven’t already, we recommend that you speak with your doctor. We hope you are able to find answers and relief soon!

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    Rick on May 24, 2021

    Hello I’m Rick , I’m 49 and was diagnosed with a brain Tumor in 2018 , after 2 crainiotomys they tried endoscopic surgery thru my Nose , since I no longer have a septum “After doctor said I’d breathe better than ever “.
    I use a navage 2-3 times a day getting Rocks daily. Waking up in the am is the worst Breathing does not exist .
    Along with the Navage I use a humidifier Daily and while sleeping seems to do nothing , could be the giant void in my nose 🤷‍♂️.
    I also irrigate with baby shampoo mixed in navage seems to help and Vaseline inside every couple days , I still to this day get can’t clear my nose , I actually cut a straw down to insert in my nostril to breath ..Now if that help why can a surgeon insert something the help …Kinda sick of being disabled as it is and not being able to breathe because of a idiot Ent

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      Kelley Atchison on May 28, 2021

      Hello, Rick. We don’t have information to guide you. We encourage you to speak with your primary care doctor for guidance and a recommendation for an ENT that can provide a second opinion.

      Kelley Atchison
      Director, Family and Community Programs

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    Larissa on May 24, 2021

    I can’t seem to find an answer anywhere I’m hoping maybe you could help. I have a perforated septum, is nasal irrigation, netipots etc safe for me? It’s a pretty big hole 1cm maybe bigger. I try googling it and all I can find is deviated septum’s and it says it’s safe but that’s not the same as a perforation. Are these things safe to use?

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      Kelley Atchison on May 28, 2021

      Hello, Larissa. We recommend that you speak to your doctor or ENT for recommended care. We don’t have information to assist you.

      Kelley Atchison
      NFED, Director, Family and Community Programs

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    Darrail M Rozier on June 2, 2021

    My nose has been blocked for 6 years now but I have noticed recently within the last year when I cut grass my sinuses are completely clear and I can breathe through my nose for the rest of the day after that it goes right back to be blocked

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      Kelley Atchison on June 3, 2021

      Thank you for reading our blog Darrail. We encourage you to consultation with your PCP or an ENT.

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    Matt on June 18, 2021

    I found relief from a very bad chronic sinus build up that ultimately passed after 3-4x a day of: sinus rinse/Neti pot, afrin, warm compress and message, aggressive nose blowing. A booger the size of my pinky finger came out of each side. Have been good for a couple years since.

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    Liz Knox on June 26, 2021

    Hi, I have had a SCC of the nose and have had three FESS surgeries to remove the tumour plus radiation. I now suffer from chronic post nasal drip and crusting. I use neilmed rinse to remove the crusing but nothing stops the post nasal drip – have tried all the usuals ie steroids, baby shampoo in the nasal rinse and am wondering if you have any advice?

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      Kelley Atchison on June 29, 2021

      Liz, we hope you have found the information to be helpful. We do not have advice for continuous nasal drip. Hopefully, your doctors can provide treatment advice and you find relief soon.

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    Sheila Ryan on July 15, 2021

    The mucus in my 89 year old nose was as hard as concrete for about 10 years. I tried many things without success. Finally I used a q-tip to paint the inside of my nose with a thin coat bacitracin. It worked. I had almost forgotten how to live with a trouble free nose. I am no longer a mouth breather, I’m a nose breather again.
    No more concrete.

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    mcwarrsa on August 18, 2021

    This is so gross, but I have been getting gigantic boogers in between nostrils…I think its my nasal cavity but I’m not sure. There are times where I can put my finger in one nostril, and feel the boog and then blow hard, and it will come out on the other side. I am super concerned that this is a huge hole, and worried if it needs medical attention or a procedure.

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      Kelley Atchison on August 19, 2021

      Hi, Sarah. Thank you for sending your comment to Kelley, we will reply to your email. Thank you.

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    Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat on September 27, 2021

    Great piece of writing with immensely informative contents! I really liked the writing style and the whole process of the story building. Waiting for more posts! Cheers!!

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