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I squeezed my nose extremely hard and now there’s a bump

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I squeezed my nose extremely hard and now there’s a bump
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Hello. I'm Dr Chip
Please post a picture of that for me here

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Unfortunately I don’t have a picture. I was squeezing my nose together extremely hard for hours. My nose started swelling immediately and was swollen for a week. Then it was ok and then after two weeks a bump formed
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Can you describe the bump?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
It’s not a visible bump. It’s a large bump covering the whole area I squeezed it’s underneath the skin. It’s making my nose look weird. It looks like it’s scar tissue?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

It sounds like a superficial infection

You'll need to see a doctor for antibiotics for that

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
It’s not an infection. I squeezed my nose extremely hard.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

It would help if I could see

You might have fractured your nasal bone

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Fractured my nasal bone with my fingers?
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
That’s impossible
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
There is nothing wrong with my nasal bone
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
I’m talking about my lower lateral cartilages
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

You could have injured the cartilage

At least have a doctor check it out

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
I went to a doctor and they said they couldn’t tell if there was a bump or not
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
But there definitely is a bump
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Is it possible to be scar tissue after two weeks?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Not scar tissue, no

Why were you squeezing it so hard for so long?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Because I suffer from ocd
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

And the doctor didn't see anything abnormal?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Just a slight bump
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
he prescribed cream
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
How do I know it’s not scar tissue?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

I can't tell without being able to see it

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
If it’s not scar tissue what could it be?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

I'm sorry but I've said all I can say without a picture

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
If it’s scar tissue can it still go away?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Yes if you just leave it alone

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
How long roughly would it take to go away?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Two weeks

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
But it’s been two weeks already?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Another two weeks

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Isn’t scar tissue permenant?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

I don't think it's scar tissue but unless I can see I can't say anything more

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
if you squeeze your nose extremely hard for hours every day for a week wouldn’t the tissue get injured and form scar tissue?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

It would be injured but probably not scar tissue

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Thank you so much for your help
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
What are the possibilities that it could be?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

You're welcome

I think it's just inflamed tissue and not scar tissue

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
inflamed tissue can last up to 4 weeks?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Yes

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
After a week the swelling went down completely. And my nose was ok then after two weeks a bump formed all of a sudden. It should’ve been inflamed from the start not start to inflame after two weeks
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

And you had stopped squeezing it?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Exactly. I stopped squeezing it completely and after two weeks a bump formed
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

You've never really well described this bump for me

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
It’s just a bump underneath the skin
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Why can't you show me a picture?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
After two weeks a bump formed why wasn’t the tissue inflamed at the start why did it start to inflame after two weeks
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Unless I can see the bump I've got nothing more to tell you

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
It won’t show up in the picture because there’s a bump underneath the skin.
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Even if the bump formed after two weeks of stopping the squeezing it would be scar tissue?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Not scar tissue

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Will this bump go away?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

Yes in time

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 19 days ago.

You're welcome