Causes for Bad Smell Inside the Nostrils

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Many people suffer from this strange condition that inflicts bad smell inside the nose.

Those people are ashamed to share this disorder with their close friends and family members. That is why we want to share our knowledge of this symptom.

It is strange how we feel some terrible smell without having anything in our nostrils. Also, there are cases where the smell goes together with strong pressure above the temple and ear on the left side. There are solutions that can temporarily fix the problems, such as Actifed pills or catarrh capsules.

However, you need something that will help you eliminate the problem permanently.

In this article, we want to cover the causes and treatments for this strange condition in order to prevent it from happening in the first place.

An object inside the nose

There is the possibility to gather foreign objects like food bits that are stuck in the nasal cavity. These can result in abnormal drainage and airflow in the nostrils which results in a bad smell. Usually, this occurs when a person is vomiting.

If this happens to you by any chance, you need to:

  • Consult with your doctor and let him assist you.
  • At home, close the affected nostril, and blow from the other one in order to remove the object.
  • If you see the object, try to take it out with a pair of tweezers, but approach it with caution.
  • Breathe slowly in order to avoid inhaling the object.


Snoring is a bad condition that can ruin the sleep around other people. While snoring, the mouth of the person is open which leads to a decreased moisturizing from the tongue and palate. Also, this can obstruct the saliva production which leads to unclean mouth.

That is when the bacteria attacks and inflicts bad smell in the nose.

Usually, snoring is a consequence of congestion in the nasal paths. This is why the people who have this problem need to clean their nose before sleeping. Another thing that you can try is to humidify the room in order to avoid breathing dry air.

Dry air can inflame the interior membranes in the nose and mouth. Also, you need to stay away from caffeine and processed foods at least two hours before going to bad. Try sleeping on the side instead of the back.

Post-Nasal Drip

This is a discharge that comes out of the nose and it is quite rich in proteins. When the discharge arrives at the back part of the mouth, it is accompanied by bacteria which results in a bad odor inside the nose.

Usually, people who suffer from post nasal drip will have an irritated or a sore throat, they will feel uncomfortable and they will start coughing abnormally. This gets worse at night and that is why it is important to clear the throat, especially before sleeping.

If this is the case with you, you can use decongestants if the drip is developed by a viral or a sinusitis infection. On the other hand, if it is caused by a bacterial infection, you will have to be treated with antibiotics. If it is caused by an allergic reaction, your doctor will probably prescribe nasal sprays and steroid medications.


A disorder that happens when an infection is inflicted on the mucous membrane that is located on the sinuses. Usually, this happens by a viral infection like a cold or fever and it leads to excessive secretion of the mucus in the sinuses.

When this mucus gets stuck around the sinuses, it will gather bacteria that will produce waste that contains noxious Sulphur. This typically leads to a bad odor in the nose. People who experience this face symptoms such as a headache, pressure, pain, fever, cough, sore throat or even facial tenderness.

If this is the case with you, you can try cleaning your nose with salt water in order to remove the mucus and the bacteria.

You can also breath moist heat in order to remove the tension and distress. If this condition turns into a chronic disorder, you will have to take antibiotics, sprays or steroid drops.


These little blisters are actually tumors that are non-malignant and they grow from the nasal cavity. This can block the drainage in the nose and will result in congestion, leading to a bacteria outbreak that can infect the sinuses which is another reason for a bad odor in the nose.

People who suffer from this disorder experience symptoms such as a runny nose, snoring, headache, itchy eyes, reduced smell or tenacious stuffiness.

In order to defeat this condition, you will have to destroy the polyps. For this reason, you will need medications like nasal corticosteroids. If the condition gets worse, the polyps will be removed through surgery.

Ozena (atrophic rhinitis)

This is an infection that can lead to nasal discharge and crust together with a terrible odor in the nose. Also, it can be inflicted by a nasal swelling.

The actual cause behind this disorder is not yet revealed, but you can treat the symptoms. You might need nose drops that contain glucose and glycerin, and therefore, you will have to consult your doctor. You can even irrigate the nasal cavity with the help of sodium bicarbonate or sodium chloride solution that can destroy the bacteria.

You might even need to ingest antibiotics in order to get rid of the condition.


Another infection developed by the Klebsiella Rhinoscleromatis bacteria that will attack the nasal cavity.

This condition needs to be approached with Bronchoscopy together with antimicrobial therapy. Also, some patients need to have a surgery conducted on them if they show any signs of cavity obstruction. If the infection gets worse, you might need third-generation clindamycin and cephalosporins.


Irritation of the adenoids that is commonly caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Also, this condition can be developed by an allergic reaction and it will block the nasal cavity or result in a purulent discharge.

All of this can lead to a bad odor in the nose.

The symptoms are different and it all depends on the reason behind the disorder. However, the most usual symptoms are a sore throat, trouble with sleeping, pain in the ears, snoring, nasal sound while speaking or stuffy nose.

Typically, this condition is treated with antibiotics but there are cases where surgery is inevitable.

The surgery is recommended if the medications are not working properly, if the condition keeps happening all over again or if the condition develops a problem with the breathing.

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