A rotten egg smell in your nose can have several causes, says an E.N.T. doctor.

Eeeuuwww! What is causing that rotten egg odor from your nose?

“A bad smell in the nose can come from the sinuses, or old mucus in the nose (possibly infected) or acid reflux,” says Dr. Stacey Silvers, MD, of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery in NYC, who is board certified in otolaryngology; one of her specialties is sinus surgery.

She explains: “Acid can come up as high as the back of the nose, causing a bad smell or odor.”

Does a rotten egg smell from the nose, or a particularly bad odor, necessarily indicate it may be cancer?

Dr. Silvers answers, “Rarely a foul odor can come from an olfactory bulb tumor or a nasal tumor. 

“If the symptoms persist, then a nasal examination may be necessary.”

Don’t torture those around you any longer: get yourself checked by a doctor who can then guide you on the fastest course of treatment for getting rid of any rotten egg odor or other really bad smell.

You may also want to consider irrigating your nose on a daily basis with a saline solution and neti pot (shown below), both of which can be purchased from a drug store.

neti pot

Neti pot. Shutterstock/By nullplus

An NYC expert in ear, nose and throat care, Dr. Silvers has been named among America’s Top Physicians and Surgeons in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology numerous times since 2003.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 


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