With a trick any magician would be proud of, a recovering addict has revealed the grim impact cocaine has had on his nose.
Nathan King has built a massive following of almost 200,000 followers on TikTok with stories of him kicking the habit of drug use.
When asked "what kind of damage has that done to your nose?", Nathan responded by demonstrating the brutal reality.
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In the clip which makes for some uncomfortable viewing, Nathan pulls a bit of tissue through one nostril and out the other with ease.
His ability to do so is one of the several lasting impacts of repeatedly snorting the Class A substance.
One supporter commented that they too have a hole in the nose as a result of cocaine.
Someone else said: "Mine does that I'm 8 days clean."
Another laid down quite the dig on a former EastEnders star, writing: "Aww least u still have your septum not like daniella westbrook." bless you."
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According to NHS UK Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors, they have seen a a rise in the number of patients who have suffered irreparable damage to the nasal septum after continued snorting of cocaine.
For many the best course of action is for their nose to be fully removed and replaced with a prosthetic.
Mr Natarajan Balaji, an ENT consultant at University Hospital Monklands (UHM) and President of the British Society of Facial Plastic Surgery (BSFPS), explains how the damage is caused.
He said: “Cocaine is cut with other ingredients including Levamisole, which is used in de-worming tablets for dogs and cats, and Phenacetin, an analgesic and fever-reducing drug used in veterinary medicine.
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"Cocaine also has certain types of acids mixed with the ingredients. When snorted, cocaine causes the blood vessels to contract very strongly, and the nasal septum is very sensitive to reduced blood flow.
"After using cocaine a few times, the nasal structure can begin to die, causing perforations.”
A patient referred to only as Fraser by NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland, feared the worst for his nose when he sought help.
Fraser said: “The nose is one of the most visible parts of the body and losing that would change your life forever.
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“I am extremely lucky and have changed my life but my story could have been very different and I could be going to bed at night removing my prosthetic nose.”
Mr. Nicholas Calder, Ear, Nose and Throat consultant, also specialising in nasal reconstructive surgery, added: “The number of patients we are treating is increasing year on year and patients come to us from a cross section of the population.”
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