Okay, I am totally stumped as to what is going on in my nostrils!
Periodically for the last 2 years or so, I get these sore spots . . . kind of like an ingrown hair or a deep pimple, but it never comes to a head. It starts out on the inside of one nostril, and then I swear kind of moves around! The current sore spot started in the left nostril earlier this week, then moved to the right nostril right at the tip of my nose and now is right on the side where one might have a nose piercing (which I do not). The problem is on the inside of the nostril, but the outside of the nose gets sore and red and inflamed, too, swollen and fat and shiny looking--not like acne, though.
It's very very very tender to the touch but the tenderness comes and goes--last night it was excruciating to touch my nose at all, and now it's just sore. From time to time, there is a clear fluid running from my nose when this happens.
Itchiness comes and goes with this problem--the itchiness feels like it's in the tissue in between the inner and outer flesh of my nostril, does that make sense?
Any ideas what this could be and how one would go about preventing this problem? Could it be heavy metal exposure, allergies, parasites?
I don't notice a pattern as to when it happens based on environment (like allergies) or exposure to dust, hormones, etc. It seems totally random, but recurs maybe every six wks or so and then lasts up to a week. It's really irritating!