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A nasal infection is a condition caused by a bacteria that affects the skin in or around your nostrils, and it can be uncomfortable, irritating, or unsightly. 

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    What is a nasal infection?

    A nasal infection is a condition caused by the bacteria staphylococcus. Staphylococcus is a commonly found bacteria that often lives on your skin without causing problems. But if you have small cuts in or around your nostrils, this bacteria can get inside and cause the infection.

    Sometimes a staph infection in your nose can clear up on its own, and it usually only leads to redness, swelling, inflammation and crusting. But in rare cases it can lead to more serious conditions such as sepsis or toxic shock syndrome.

    Who gets nasal infections?

    Anyone can get a staph infection in their nose, but you’re more likely to experience it if you’ve picked your nose too much or blown it a lot. It’s thought that your nose is one of the most common places for staphylococcus bacteria to live on your skin, so it only takes a small cut or abrasion in this area for you to develop a staph infection there.

    How common are nasal infections?

    Nasal infections are very common. It’s estimated that around 50% of the general population experiences intermittent ‘colonisation’ (where the bacteria have multiplied to high levels) of the nose from staphylococcus aureus – the bacteria that causes nasal infections.

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    What causes nasal infection?

    The bacteria that causes nasal infections, staphylococcus aureus, is usually harmless. You’ll often have it on your skin without it causing any issues. But sometimes it can enter a break in your skin and multiply – giving you some irritating symptoms.

    Some of the things that can make you more likely to develop cuts or abrasions on or in your nose include:

    • nose picking
    • plucking your nostril hairs
    • blowing your nose excessively
    • piercings 

    What are the symptoms of nasal infection?

    Nasal infections can potentially cause a range of symptoms, such as:

    • swelling
    • redness
    • fever
    • boils
    • crusting 
    • bleeding

    If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and think you might have a nasal infection, chat with us about your health. Our clinical team should be able to diagnose you and offer suitable treatments based on your needs.

    Can nasal infection lead to other problems?

    Most of the time, a staph infection in your nose will clear up on its own – often without the need for treatment. But sometimes it can develop and cause further issues.

    On rare occasions, staph infections in your nose can enter your bloodstream and quickly worsen. This could lead to you developing more serious secondary conditions such as cellulitis (a bacterial infection that affects the deeper layers of your skin), cavernous sinus thrombosis (CST) – a rare condition that causes a blood clot to appear between your brain and eye sockets, or sepsis.

    If you notice your symptoms quickly worsening, it’s important that you seek medical help to avoid your condition becoming more serious.

    What medications are there for nasal infection?

    Nasal infections are treated with antibiotics. You might be prescribed either an antibiotic tablet, or a topical antibiotic that you apply to the infected areas.

    Is there a ‘best’ treatment for nasal infection?

    If your nasal infection can be managed and treated without medication then this might be the best option. Doing so can minimise the risk of side effects, or antibiotic resistance.

    But if your symptoms are particularly strong or persistent, then antibiotics will likely be the most effective option to clear up the condition.

    Do nasal infections always need treatment?

    There are some things that you can do on your own at home in order to help you with your symptoms. Some people find it useful to apply a clean, warm damp cloth to painful sores and crusting in order to soothe any irritation.

    If your infection or symptoms aren’t improving after a few days, it might be worth chatting to our clinician about treatment options to speed up your recovery.

    FAQ: Nasal infection

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    How is a nasal infection diagnosed?

    Answer:
    A clinician will often be able to diagnose your condition by asking you about your symptoms or taking a look at your nose. On rare occasions, they might take a sample to check the bacteria.

    Sometimes, you might be infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is resistant to some antibiotics, so it’ll need to be treated in a careful and specific way in order for the treatment to be effective.

    Can you get side effects from nasal infection treatment?

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    Antibiotics can give some people side effects. Some people find that oral antibiotics upset their stomach, whereas topical antibiotics can give some people skin irritation.

    For more detailed guidance on potential side effects from specific medications, chat to our clinicians. Or, alternatively, take a look at the patient information leaflets linked on our dedicated product pages.

    Does nasal infection treatment always work?

    Answer:
    Most of the time antibiotics are very effective at treating nasal infections, and the first one you try will often do the trick. If it doesn’t, it may indicate that your nasal infection is being caused by MRSA. This shouldn’t be a major concern, it’ll just mean that your clinician will need to be more specific with the type of antibiotic they choose to treat you with.

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