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hello. I have been concerned about my nose for a year now,

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hello.

I have been concerned about my nose for a year now, every time i look up my nostrils I can see my nasal septum which i gather is the bone that separates the nostrils. I have been worrying about the fact it is exposed, should i be able to see it? is this normal ? I thought i might have a deviated septum however i can see it when i look up both nostrils.
what should my nose look like inside ?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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yes it is normal to be able to see your nasal septum.

Dr. David :

it sounds like you are letting your anxiety get out of control on this.

Dr. David :

do you have excessive anxiety over this?

Dr. David :

you might need to see a doctor about excessive anxiety if you continue to focus and worry about your nose.

Customer:

I am anxious only because i was worried that it is not normal to see the bone inside my nose

Dr. David :

there is normal mucosa which is covering the bone there

Dr. David :

and you have seen doctors who have looked inside of your nose and said it was normal.

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do you want to consult an ENT doctor?

Dr. David :

an ear nose throat doctor?

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do you use drugs like cocaine which can wear away at the lining of your nose?

Customer:

what is mucosa?

Customer:

no i dont use coaine

Customer:

what should the inside of my nose look like?

Dr. David :

mucosa is the normal skin which covers the inside lining of your nose and sinuses.

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mucosa is moister than the skin which covers your hands and face.

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your doctors know what normal mucosa should look like and when they looked inside of your nose, they said it was normal.

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you don't trust your doctors?

Customer:

so what should the inside of my nose look like?

Dr. David :

do you want to see a specialist?

Dr. David :

everyones nasal mucosa can look different.

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it is impossible to completely describe your nasal mucosa to you.

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you can have hair grown in your nostrils as well.

Customer:

so is it ok that i can see the nasel septum ?

Customer:

?

Dr. David :

yes, it is ok you see the nasal septum dividing you nose.

Customer:

what colour should it be, mine is white ish with fleshy tones

Dr. David :

yes, that can be normal for you.

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I would recommend you see an ENT doctor specialist

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to have them examine your nose

Customer:

do you think i am worrying for no reason?

Dr. David :

most likely.

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since you have seen a doctor already

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who has looked inside of your nose.

Customer:

what is an ENT doctor?

Dr. David :

a specialist ear nose throat doctor.

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they specialize in the ear nose and throat and do surgeries in these areas

Customer:

i think i am worried because when i was younger i used to use alot of vix nosel sniffers and i am worried it has affected my nose

Dr. David :

I see .

Customer:

i have heard they can effect the nose

Customer:

how do i go about seeing a ENT doctor

Dr. David :

well, your doctors have looked in your nose already

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you have to ask your GP doctor to refer you to an ENT specialist

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or you can see one in private and pay for the consultation yourself.

Customer:

ok

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

SORRY to ask again the skin lining in the nose, how thick should it be over the nasal septum ?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
that varies from person to person.

it doesn't have to be any thickness.

it just has to cover the bone.

you are playing and disturbing this mucosal lining? you shouldn't be doing that.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

What colour should it be?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
whitish with fleshy tones is normal.