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How To Get Rid of a Pimple Inside Nose? Causes, Treatments, and Tips

In this article, we will help guide you through what that irritating bump might be, what you can do about it, and when it might be time to go see a doctor.

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So you have something that feels likes a pimple inside your nose, and it’s driving you crazy.

Having a tiny painful bump inside your nose can be hard to ignore, and you want it gone - ASAP.

In this article, we will help guide you through what that irritating bump might be, what you can do about it, and when it might be time to go see a doctor.

What causes pimples inside of the nose?

Excessive nose blowing, nose picking, nose hair removal, nasal piercings, a cold sore, or even a nasal infection could lead to pimples inside of the nose.

If the pimple seems to act like a normal pimple and you have just gotten over a nasty cold, this will likely resolve itself just like a pimple anywhere else on your face.

Some other situations that can cause a nose pimple may be more difficult to identify, so here are some things that might differentiate them:

Normal nose pimple:

Feels and looks just like an average pimple. Not excessively painful.

Ingrown nose hair:

Similar feeling to a pimple, but more likely to occur if you pluck out nose hairs.

This is a trapped nasal hair that will generally resolve on its own.

Nasal cold sore:

Cold sores can also occur in your nose, and when they do you can look out for the initial tingling and itching sensations to help identify them.

Cold sores inside the nose will also come along with large scabs while they are healing and may reoccur in about the same spots.

Nasal infection:

If you seem to have many tiny white or red bumps inside your nose, and that comes along with more widespread inflammation, and swelling, you may have a nasal infection.

How to get rid pimple inside nose?

Step one is to avoid picking at or popping the blemish, this could lead to more pain or spread bacteria or an infection.

The best way to go about getting rid of what seems like a pimple inside your nose is to first go by what you think is going on.

And, if you aren’t sure what they are, the pimples are very painful, or they keep returning, it is best to speak with a dermatologist or your primary care physician to get to the root of the problem and find the cause of the pimple inside the nose.

Normal nose pimple:

Over the counter pain relievers for the discomfort: Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, etc

Use warm compresses

Tea tree oil applied with a swab

Acne treatments applied with a swab

These tend to resolve in about the same amount of time as a normal pimple elsewhere

Ingrown nose hair:

Over the counter pain relievers for the discomfort: Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, etc

Warm compresses

Tea tree oil applied with a swab

Over-the-counter antibiotic creams applied with a swab

The hair should grow out and resolve itself over time

Not plucking out nose hairs will help avoid these

Nasal cold sore:

Over the counter pain relievers for the discomfort: Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, etc

Over the counter cold sore medications applied with a swab

You can speak with your doctor about prescription medication for the cold sore if it does not go away or keeps returning

Nasal infection:

Over the counter pain relievers for the discomfort: Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, etc

If you think you have a nasal infection you should speak with a doctor as you might need antibiotics to get rid of the infection

An infection just inside your nose left unchecked can spread and become more serious, so be sure to get it checked out if it seems to be a little more than just your everyday pimple

How to prevent getting pimples inside the nose

There are a few things you can do to ensure you are doing your best to prevent getting pimples inside your nose or ingrown nose hairs in the future:

Blow your nose gently

Don’t pick your nose

Avoiding nasal piercings

Clean the skin around your nose well

Keep face acne under control

Trim nose hairs instead of plucking

Pimple inside nose medicine

If you struggle with acne across the rest of your face, some of the bacteria and oil can be making its way into your nostrils, leading to more inside nose pimples than you would like.

Keeping the rest of your skin acne-free may help you keep those nose pimples in check too.

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