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    Consistently blocked and productive nasal condition in 8yo boy.

    My 8 yo son has for the past 10 months had a congested nose.

    The majority of days his nose produces considerable amounts of thick mucus. Although it is not streaming. Checked by GPs, he's been on antibiotics, used saline nasal sprays, allergy medication, antihistamine syrup, and Nasonex. All without any reasonable improvement. His father had similar problems as a child and I had my adenoids and tonsils removed, more due to chronic tonsilitis though.

    My son has not had tonisilitis. His sinuses are never tender to touch. He doesn't suffer headaches either.

    There is an odour from his nose some of the time, similar smell to napthalene (mothball) smell.
    I am not sure where to turn to now although an ENT specialist is probably the next step. Any suggestions?
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    Prof Thomas Havas

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    Professor Thomas Havas is one of Australia's leading Otolaryngologists. He has special interests in Head & Neck Oncology, Laryngology and Voice Disorders, Cosmetic and Functional … View Profile

    Your son does need to see an ear nose and throat surgeon. If the smell and discharge are only form one side he may well have a foreign body. If the discharge is from both sides he probably has blockage at the back of his nose from big adenoids and secondary infection in his sinuses. The key to solving his problem is expert diagnosis. The treatment thereafter will be apparent.

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