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What causes a hole in your nasal septum?

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There are many reasons you could get a hole in your nasal septum. These include:

  • Nose picking
  • Nose surgery
  • Overuse of decongestant and steroid nasal sprays
  • Breathing in toxic chemicals
  • Cancer                            
  • Cocaine use

SOURCES:

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Endoscopy,” “Septoplasty & Turbinate Surgery,” “Epistaxis (Nosebleeds).”

Merck Manual: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Mailliez, A. British Journal of Cancer, September 2010.

Mullace, M. Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica, August 2006

Pedroza, F. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, January 2007.

Ribeiro, J. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Sept-Oct 2007.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 25, 2020

SOURCES:

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Endoscopy,” “Septoplasty & Turbinate Surgery,” “Epistaxis (Nosebleeds).”

Merck Manual: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Mailliez, A. British Journal of Cancer, September 2010.

Mullace, M. Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica, August 2006

Pedroza, F. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, January 2007.

Ribeiro, J. JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Sept-Oct 2007.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 25, 2020

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