I have this sore spot right under my nose. The technical term, one Maude and I made up years ago, is nose rot.
Rot is actually a great word. It sounds alarming when paired with a body part.
For example, if you had a rash on your elbow, you'd have elbow rot. You see what I'm saying. It makes your issue all the more official.
So my nose. It's red and slightly raw, like when you've had a bad cold and blown your nose too much. Except that I haven't actually been blowing my nose.
I think it's allergy-related.
When I saw the doctor last week she said it was just an irritation, and to put a little cortisone on it. But not too much, because then you can have a rebound, where it calms down but then after you stop the cortisone, comes back that much worse.
I knew what she was talking about. I've had that exact thing happen to me. I had rosacea years ago and a doctor recommended daily cortisone. And then when I stopped, it was terrible.
The doctor, when I asked if this bout of nose rot is likely related to rosacea, said she thought not.
I've been holding off, though. Because now cortisone scares me a little.
So the last time we were at my parents house, my dad pointed out my red nose.
He is incredibly observant. Always. Because it's a really small red spot. You have to be looking for it, practically. Or looking up my nose. But not that many people are shorter than me, so that rarely happens.
I think about these things. Because I spend a decent amount of time peering up taller people's noses.
"What's with your nose?"
"I dunno. I have some kind of nose rot."
He takes a closer look. "You what will clear that right up?"
My dad worked in public health for years. He knows a remarkable amount about medicine. I'm delighted he seems to know exactly what to do for this.
"You could just stick a little Preparation H on it."
I had at some point read in a women's magazine that in a pinch you can use Preparation H to combat really bad under eye circles, because basically it restricts blood vessels. However, it still seems like something designed specifically for your anus might not really be what you want to stick on your face.
I'm just saying.
So I've been holding out on that advice as well.