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Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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  • Pain in my nose

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About the Symptom

It describes a painful sensation either on the outside or inside of the nose. This can be due to trauma, infection, inflammation, or even growths in or around the nose. It may also accompany facial pain that can be from the nasal sinuses. If persists or accompanied by swelling, bleeding from the nose, or nasal blockage (obstruction) it should be evaluated by a medical professional.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Melena (black stools)

  • Gross hematuria

  • Easy bruising

  • Seizure attack

  • Peripheral cyanosis

  • Head injury

  • Vomiting of blood

Possible causes

Generally, Nose pain can be related to:

  • Sinusitis

    Infection of the sinuses, which are cavities around the nose and face. The infection can be acute (lasting about a week) or chronic (lasting more than three months). Most often infections start as a viral upper respiratory infection (URI) and then bacterial infection sets in. The symptoms include fever, facial pain or pressure, and nasal obstruction or drainage. Imaging including CT scans may be necessary.

  • Bronchiectasis

    A condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally wide. There are various causes, including infections, but sometimes the cause is unknown.

  • Otitis media

    Infection of the middle ear (area just behind the eardrum) by bacteria or viruses. Contributing factors include nasal obstruction by adenoids and allergic rhinitis. The symptoms can include ear pain or fullness, fevers, and muffled hearing. This is more common in children but can also present in adults. In severe cases, the eardrum may rupture leading to drainage coming out the ear canal.

  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Vasculitis syndrome (including cryoglobulinemia)
  • Viral bronchiolitis
  • Influenza
  • Malignant lymphoma
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Coronavirus infection

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have pain in your nose?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you feel any numbness or altered sensation?

  • Do you have a fever?

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References

  • Chronic Sinusitis - Mayo Clinic

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-sinusitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351661

  • Kennedy DW, Loury MC. Nasal and sinus pain: current diagnosis and treatment. Semin Neurol. 1988 Dec;8(4):303-14. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1041394. PMID: 3074426.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3074426/

  • Olmos SR. Nasal airway obstruction and orofacial pain: a multicenter retrospective analysis. Gen Dent. 2022 Nov-Dec;70(6):28-33. PMID: 36288072.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36288072/

Reviewed By:

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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