Before I begin today’s story, you should have a bit of backstory. Here you go.
Ever since I was around the age of two, according to my parents, I’ve had nosebleeds pretty regularly. Normally, it’s not very bad – maybe once a week or so. In the winter, I usually get nosebleeds more often: sometimes every day. This summer, my mom was talking to a guy who had the same problem, and he said we should go to a doctor to get my nose cauterized. He said that it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t take any time at all, and it fixes the problem quite quickly.
On Friday, as recommended, we went to an ear, nose, and throat doctor to see if he could fix the problem. It turns out that that fixes another problem, one which I don’t have. He said that my nosebleeds are caused by a low-grade infection that I’ve had in my nose probably for years. Basically, a scab forms over the infection, I do something like blow my nose and remove the scab, at which point my nose bleeds until the blood can clot and the scab can reform, at which point the process repeats itself.
Now, the story. The doctor gave me a prescription for Mupirocin ointment, which I am to apply to the inside of my nose twice daily for two weeks, after which I’m going back to the doctor. After my mom and I picked up the ointment from our pharmacy, I sat down to read all the various warnings and side-affects. I saw a warning that distinctly said, “Do not put this in your nose.” Seeing as a doctor had just instructed me to place this ointment gently in my nose, it was a little worrying. It was a classic case of, “Do I trust the box or the doctor?”
Well, after asking the doctor about it, he said it was fine – he’s been telling patients to put the ointment into their noses for many years. So now I’m going against the commands of the box and applying it twice daily for two weeks. Hopefully it’ll at least fix the problem!
Here is a picture of the insert. The only language it is written up in is English! Yes, lots and lots of warnings and side effects. Rather scary experience to apply and ignore what I’ve just read.