January 08, 2007

Nasal Vestibulitis


Nasal vestibulitis is infection of the area just inside the opening of each nostril (the nasal vestibule).

Minor infections at the opening of the nose may result in pimples at the base of nasal hairs (folliculitis) and sometimes crusts around the nostrils. The cause is usually the bacteria, Staphylococcus. BacitracinSome Trade Names AK-TRACINointment usually cures these infections.

More serious infections result in boils (furuncles) in the nasal vestibule. Boils may develop into a spreading infection under the skin (cellulitis) at the tip of the nose. A doctor becomes concerned about infections in this part of the face because veins lead from there to the brain. A life-threatening condition called cavernous sinus thrombosis can develop if the bacteria spread to the brain through these veins.

A person with nasal vestibulitis usually takes an antibiotic by mouth and applies moist hot cloths 3 times a day for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time. A doctor may need to surgically drain large boils or those that fail to respond to antibiotic therapy.

Adapted from: Merck & Co., Inc.