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Question : I have soft lump inside my left nostril. It feels like it is next to the septum. What might this be?
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David M. Vernick, M.D. is assistant professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Otology and Laryngology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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August 22, 2013
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There are a number of possibilities for the lump depending upon how far inside the nostril you feel. There are three folds of mucosa that cover bones that stick out from the side wall of the nose. They are called turbinates. These structures warm, clean and humidify the air we breathe.  The lower one can be prominent and sometimes be felt with a finger.

 

Nasal polyps can get large enough to be felt with a finger. Usually it is hard to breathe when they are that large, but no pain.

 

Sebaceous cysts can form on the inside of the nose.  They are benign (not cancer). And they’re painless unless they get infected. 

 

Other benign lumps that can be in the nose include:

  • A ball of vascular or lymphatic tissue
  • A wart
  • A bump of blood under the nasal lining (hematoma) of the nasal septum, if there was an injury to the nose

If it persists, see your primary car doctor or a doctor that specializes in the ear, nose and throat (otolaryngologist). He or she will likely be able to tell immediately what you have by appearance alone. Occasionally a biopsy is necessary to confirm the diagnosis.

 

 

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