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A couple of years ago, after a bad cold, it felt like something began sticking my nostril from the inside. Ever since, when I touch the tip of my nose, it feels like I'm getting stuck by a pointy toothpick. Since this started, a polyp has also appeared and is growing slowly from the sinus side of my nostril, across the "roof" of the nostril, and toward the tip of my nose (visible bump on the side of my nose).

On the septum side of that nostril, a hard white ridge has been growing, as well. It looks like cartilage from my septum. It doesn't hurt unless I press on the tip of my nose, i.e. when I blow my nose. If I run a fingernail over it, it makes a clicking noise but doesn't dislodge.

The things going on in my nose feel better if I keep my nostrils moist. The polyp makes it necessary that I sleep wearing a no-snore plastic strip. At bedtime, I also use a cotton swab to delicately apply saline gel inside the lower part of the nostril. Last night, I had a big surprise. I dabbed gel in the "good" nostril, and when I did the same on the troubled side, I saw quite a bit of blood and what looked like a quarter-inch sliver of cartilage on the swab. I am SO gentle; what happened?
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replied October 23rd, 2009
i am 99 percent sure i have the same thing as you. have you found out any information or diagnosis on what it is or called?
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replied October 26th, 2009
I saw the ear-nose-throat doctor last week. He said he didn't see any evidence of cartilage breaking through; however, regarding the closing nostril, what I have is not a polyp. I have extremely enlarged turbinates. The one I see is the forward-most of the three. He told me to continue using the neti pot and he prescribed Veramyst, a steroid spray. If that doesn't work, then he'll try something stronger. If that doesn't work, surgery will be the only other option. So far, the Veramyst isn't doing anything.

The cause of this condition was most likely a combination of recurrent sinus infections, allergies, and colds with congestion.
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replied May 18th, 2011
Internal nose swelling and pain?
Somebody please reply to diagnose this issue; good explanation, also I have to peel away crusties from the inside tip of my nose, even though I really have not drainage. A nurse practitioner said to stop Afrin and Allegra D (allergy med) for the meantime. I'll try but not confident; just moisturizing with Saline spray. Any doctors that can input?
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replied March 12th, 2012
Oh my gosh, do not use the steroid spray..I used the one called Flo-nase and it caused excessive nose bleeds and I never used to get them before. Now I am experiencing extra cartilage growth on the septum and I have no other explanation for that except the daily use of these prescription sprays. Also they can be very addictive. I wish I had only used the saline/aloe sprays and gels..at least those are all natural.
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replied October 22nd, 2011
SAME PROBLEM!
I have similar problems. Something growing inside the roof of my nostril. And even though I barely have any drainage, I can pick clear sliver of scab like material from that portion of the roof of my rostril. Have any of you figured out what your issues might be? I've been having this problem for 4 years and I've been to the doctor 3-4 times with no luck.
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replied March 12th, 2012
See my reply to KeithH above...have you ever used prescription nasal sprays? I feel these steroids are extremely dangerous and doctors have not been given the full extent of side effects from the drug companies...I hope if enough of us come forward we can sue the makers of Flo-Nase and similar steroid sprays.
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replied June 14th, 2012
Nasal Cartilage Growth
I have a similar condition - for about the past 8 or so years, I have noticed a "wart" like growth on the inside of my left nostril, on the "hood" portion (?)- by "hood" I mean the part of my nostril that is visible when you look at my face, head-on, not on the sinus side, or against my face, if you will. My apologies for the laymen terms, I'm not a doctor. Anyways, I noticed it, at first as a small pimple-like bump, occasionally, it seemed to peel and go away. After about a year, it popped back up, but now is almost 4mm I would guess, from the surface. I chalked it up to a wart...Now, for the past 5 years, every fall, it seems, my nose gets very tender, on the center divider of my nose, where the nostrils are separated by cartilage. It felt like I was wiping my nose too often and the skin was cracking or something. After closer inspection, I noticed these ridges, resembling clear, dried snot ( had a opaque, whitish look ) going from the open edge of my nostril, towards the interior, at the base of the cartilage. I couldn't seem to leave them alone, they made me feel like I needed to wipe my nose, then would burn when I did wipe it. So, I started picking at them, and soon discovered that I could pull them off, painfully. Yes, the process hurt, but they seemed to heal within 2 days, but very tender while healing. I must say, the pain of ripping them off is much easier to deal with than the constant pain from bumping them. I have done this, with tweezers, in both nostrils, multiple times now. I haven't had them come back in the past year and a half, but we've also had a mild winter ( in TX ). Now, within the past 8 months, I have been getting what feels like pimples on my nostrils, but they are under the skin. I see the skin is swollen on the outside, but no head ever comes, just great tenderness. But I look on the inside of my nostril and there appears to be an ant bite-looking white head. I didn't think much at first, squeeze with some tweezers, and done. Couple weeks later another, in a different spot, and so on. I'm getting concerned now...
Now, for the past 2 weeks, I have had one of these pimples, pop up in my left side, but not as an ant bite as usual - it feels the same, when I blow/wipe my nose, but it is on the sinus side, and looks like a small rough spot of dried snot, or cartilage, but not in a ridge form as usual. it feels like when you have a runny nose and it dries up quickly, leaving some hairs tangled, or almost like a sticking/pricking sensation to the touch. It hurts too much to distinguish the exact sensation, but it is this recent happening, which has lead me here. And a second one is starting to happen, in the other nostril, but towards where the cartilage and "hood" come together. Any suggestions would be helpful
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replied August 1st, 2012
I've had similar ridge growths on my septum that have popped up regularly for years, too. They hurt! They kinda burn/stab and they are ugly! Years ago a doctor prescribed a nasal spray for them. I thought, "what?!" Why would I spray something that goes throughout my body when the problem is (basically) external (1/2 inch just inside my nostril). What I've done that seems to help is to put Vaseline on the growth/ridge twice a day (with a Q-tip) for 3 days or so. It feels a ton better and eventually sloughs off. It sounds like my self-prescribed solution is as good as anything I've read so far and better than the pharm-pushers!
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replied September 23rd, 2012
Nose septum caritlage growth surgery
I have battled this for about 20 years and in 5 days, will have surgery. I will keep you guys informed. Mine is a scabby thing that grows from the left side of my septum (the tissue in between the nostrils). It gets very hard and can be peeled away and sometimes bleeds. If I apply moisture for a few days, it gets soft and can be pulled out easier. Rarely does it truly hurt, but the doctor says it's coming from the cartilage and I want it gone.
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replied October 13th, 2012
Cartilage growing in nose
I have the same thing. Cartilage grows on the bottom of the inside of my on both sides and I have a white sore that feels hard at time in the top inside of my nose. My doctor gives me a cream to put inside my nose that is for staph infections but I have had the problem for around five years. I have to peel the cartilage off around every four days or it bothers me. I am not sure what to do about it.
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replied January 18th, 2013
it might be a variation of this?
this woman was given high doses of steroids and "nails" started growing out of her skin.

I have exactly this same problem and used prescription nose sprays for years http://www.businessinsider.com/this-womans -mystery-illness-makes-fingernails-grow-ou t-of-her-hair-follicles-2012-8?op=1
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replied October 2nd, 2013
I have a similar problem but it is the cartilage on my ears! The top of my ears turned red and both were painful.I felt the tips and there were pointed pieces of cartilage growing out of both.I saw a dermatologist and she removed both pieces.The left ear is fine but the right ear continues growing it right through my skin!I have tried cutting the shard sticking through my skin but it keeps coming back.Now I am having problems in my nose.I just went to see an E.N.&T. specialist and he said I should go back to a dermatologist.So I went to a new Dermatologist and was refered back to the E.N.&T. UGH!!! I am at my wits end.Does anyone have any suggestions?Thanks to you all for sharing your experiences.You all have really helped me Smile
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