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Nose Issue?
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Brainiac777 posted:
Hello, I have this issue with my nose where I have green mucus every winter. I've had this for two years now ever since I got this really bad inflection last year. I kept blowing my nose and one of my ears got inflammed from all of the blowing. It comes every winter since I was 10 but it just recently turned green last year around the same time. My doctor told me it was an allergy but I really doubt it as none of my 5 brothers and two sisters have the same problem. It came back this year around the same time. I suspect this is from dryness as I live in Canada and winter removes the moister from the air. One side of my nose is really red and inflamed. Please help me find out what causes this.
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Green mucous can be from an infection, either chronic or acute. In the winter, colds are quite prevalent, and cold can set the stage for a sinus infection.

Green mucous can also be from stagnation. The longer that mucous remains stagnant in your nasal passageway, the more likely it will turn darker.

I would suggest that you try and see an ENT, have a thorough examination of your nose and sinuses. A sinus CT scan may be indicated if your examination warrants this imaging study.