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What causes a perforated nasal septum?

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About half the time, this happens after you’ve had surgery to fix a different problem in your nose. Other causes include:

  • Cautery, a treatment for nosebleeds
  • Certain diseases, including lupus, some cancers, syphilis, and tuberculosis
  • Damage to your nose, like breaking it or even from picking it too much
  • Infections
  • Using drugs that go into your nose too often, ranging from over-the-counter nasal sprays to cocaine

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: “Septal Perforation.”

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Anatomy.”

Medscape: “Nasal Septal Button Placement.”

Merck Manual, Professional Version: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Aesthetic Surgery Journal : “Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Septal Perforations.”

Eric Holbrook, MD, director, Division of Rhinology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; associate professor of otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Eye and Ear: “Septal Perforation.”

American Rhinologic Society: “Nasal Anatomy.”

Medscape: “Nasal Septal Button Placement.”

Merck Manual, Professional Version: “Septal Deviation and Perforation.”

Aesthetic Surgery Journal : “Diagnosing and Treating Nasal Septal Perforations.”

Eric Holbrook, MD, director, Division of Rhinology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; associate professor of otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

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