Last reviewed by Dr. Raj MD on January 12th, 2022.
At some point in your life, you probably experienced having a pimple inside your nose. It causes discomfort and pain.
A pimple on the face can cause a lot of discomforts. What more if it is inside your nose? Those who experienced having a pimple in the nose can attest as to how extremely painful it is, especially if touch. (1, 2)
Image 1: An inflamed pimple inside the nose.
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Photo 2: A small pimple inside the nostril.
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Image 3: An abscess inside the patient’s nose.
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What are the signs and symptoms?
- Painful bump inside the nose/a feeling of a boil in the nose
- Crusty sores inside the nose which can bleed when forcefully remove (1, 2, 3)
What causes a pimple inside the nose?
Photo 4: A polyp in the nose, one of the causes of a bump inside the nostril.
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Image 5: An inflamed nose secondary to nasal furuncle.
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Photo 6: Plucking of nasal hair is one of the causes of pimple inside the nose.
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- The pores of the skin is blocked by excessive oil or dead skin cells.
- The skin pores can be infiltrated by harmful bacteria causing pimple inside the nose.
- Plucking of nasal hair.
- Excessive blowing of the nose.
- Nasal furuncles
- Hay fever
- Polyps (3, 4)
Is a pimple in the nose dangerous?
A pimple inside the nose isn’t really dangerous and usually subsides on its own. However, an infected pimple inside the nose should not be taken for granted.
It can be extremely dangerous because some of the veins in the nose are connected to the brain. In rare cases, cavernous sinus thrombosis may occur, which can be extremely fatal. (3, 4)
The examining physician will conduct a thorough physical examination to determine the extent and severity of a pimple in the nose. When deemed necessary, the doctor might order additional tests such as CT scan of the head and MRI procedure.
If a pimple in the nose is filled with fluid or blood, a sample might be taken to find out if it contains harmful bacteria and to distinguish the type of microorganisms. (5, 6)
How to get rid of pimples on nose ?
Image 7: Some essential oils can help hasten the natural healing process of pimple in the nose.
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Photo 8: A saline solution is used to irrigate the pimple in the nose.
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To thoroughly get rid of a pimple in the nose, the underlying cause should be addressed. A mild pimple in the nose usually goes away on its own without needing medical intervention.
If you want to hasten the healing process, try the following methods:
- A pimple in the nose caused by bacteria should be treated with antibiotic ointment.
- For severe cases of a pimple in the nose, the doctor might need to perform surgical drainage to prevent further complications. (10)
- To alleviate the pain and discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Apply a warm compress to your nose for at least 10 minutes two to three times a day. It helps alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by a pimple in the nose.
- Avoid picking or scratching the pimple as it can further cause irritation. It makes the matter even worse. (6)
- Use a saline (a mixture of salt and water) water rinse. It is one of the cheapest yet very effective home remedies for a pimple in the nose. Salt is a powerful condiment as it has antibacterial property. It reduces swelling and hastens the healing process.
- Some essential oils can dry up a pimple, destroy the harmful microorganism, and hasten the healing process. Some of the best essential oils for pimples include:
- Tea tree oil – A powerful antimicrobial agent.
- Lavender oil – It contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Virgin coconut oil – A pimple in the nose can be sometimes itchy, especially if the crust is formed. To relieve itching, you should apply virgin coconut oil. It contains lauric acid, which is a potent antibacterial agent. Coconut oil is also rich in healthy fat, which is perfect for soothing inflammation.
- Witch hazel – It is one of the ingredients of beauty care products because of its antiseptic and astringent properties. It is effective in the treatment of a pimple in the nose and other parts of the body. It dries out the pimples and hastens the healing process. (9, 10)
- Apple cider vinegar – It contains acetic acid, which is effective it alleviating itching, reducing swelling, and hastening the natural healing response of the body. Do not apply pure apple cider vinegar. You need to dilute one part of apple cider vinegar to two parts of water (1:2). Apply the mixture to a pimple and let it dry naturally.
- Aloe Vera extract – The extract of Aloe Vera helps alleviate itching and reduces swelling and redness of the pimple inside the nose. Aloe Vera has long been used to treat various skin conditions.
- Baking soda – Create a baking soda paste by mixing baking soda and equal parts of water. Apply the paste to the pimple inside the nose using a cotton bud. Over time, it reduces inflammation and redness. Baking soda has an antibacterial property, which makes it a tested and proven home remedy for pimples. (6, 7, 8, 9)
What can you do to prevent a pimple in the nose?
- Avoid doing things that can irritate the inside structure of your nose such as constantly picking or blowing the nose.
- If you need to pick your nose, you have to make sure your finger is clean.
- Avoid plugging the nostrils with cotton or tissues. Let air circulate as it hastens the natural healing process.
- Pimples are more likely to occur if you are under a great deal of stress. To prevent the possibility of having a pimple in the nose, you have to reduce your exposure to stress. (4, 6, 8)
Image 9: Frequently picking the nose can lead to the development of pimple in the nose.
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When should you contact your doctor?
Having a pimple in the nose is nothing new. It is just normal and could happen once in a while. Ideally, it goes away on its own after a few days (3 to 7 days). Some may take more than a week to completely heal, but nothing really serious.
However, if the pimple in the nose has been around for more than a week and causes extreme pain and discomfort, then you need to see your doctor. The more you need to see your doctor if you have been taking extra measures to hasten the healing process but nothing seemed to work.
A pimple in the nose that is bacterial in origin is extremely dangerous as a number of blood vessels in the nose is connected the brain. (3, 5)