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Cocaine Nose Damage


Cocaine can cause all sorts of problems in the human body, but the most visible problem could be right at the spot where the drug enters the body -- the nose.

Continued cocaine use can cause irreversible damage to the inside and outside of the nose.

The nose is covered on the inside by the mucous membrane, a thin layer that basically acts as a filter to keep nasty things out of the body. writes:

In snorting cocaine, the drug is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream via the mucous membrane. One immediate effect within the membrane is to shrink the blood vessels. As a result, this sensitive lining becomes irritated and inflamed. Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and nosebleeds.

Continued use of cocaine could eat away at the membrane, allowing all sorts of harmful materials into the lungs.

It can also cause holes in the septum, which separates the nose into its two chambers. Eventually, the septum could collapse.

There is no treatment for this. Plastic surgery can improve the appearance of the nose, but it will never be the same. The best advice -- don't put harmful drugs like cocaine up your nose to begin with.