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How to Get Rid of a Painful Nostril Pimple

Updated on April 27, 2017
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Passionate about health, Alison is a freelance writer/researcher for clients working in nutrition, physiotherapy, and chiropractic.

Find out how to get rid of a pimple inside your nose with our helpful tips!
Find out how to get rid of a pimple inside your nose with our helpful tips! | Source

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If you have a pimple, spot or zit inside your nostril, I do not need to tell you how painful it is.

In this article, you can read about the common causes of nostril pimples - but more importantly, you can learn how to treat these painful spots quickly, easily and without expensive products.

Read on, to find out how

Who is Most Likely to Get a Pimple in Their Nose?

A pimple in the nose, actually inside a nostril is much more likely if you are someone who already has skin problems and suffers from acne breakouts, pimples and blackheads. Many people experience pimples on the skin but getting this type of zit or spot can be very painful because it occurs on the membrane inside the nose which is full of tiny blood vessels and nerve endings. In this article, I will show you some really effective pimple treatment tips to reduce the swelling and deal with the infection at home.

Sometimes, pimples inside the nose can occur when children with dirty hands and fingernails pick their noses. Unfortunately, this is very likely to introduce bacteria which cause an infection inside the nostril - again this is very painful and distressing for the child.

Plucking or trimming nose hairs can cause nicks or damage follicles leading to painful pimples in the nostrils.
Plucking or trimming nose hairs can cause nicks or damage follicles leading to painful pimples in the nostrils. | Source

Nostril Pimples Caused By Removing Nose Hairs

Men can often cause themselves the discomfort arising from this type of pimple in the nose because they tend to grow hairs inside the nostrils - especially as they get older. As part of personal grooming, many men use nose hair clippers which have very sharp blades which can cut or scratch the membrane in the nostril.

Some men actually choose to pluck out hairs from inside their noses (just the thought of that makes my eyes water!) but in this case, often an infection, called 'Folliculitis' can be started at the root of the hair, inside the follicle. As a result of this, bacteria can soon invade and set up an infection which causes a painful pustule or a pimple.

In some cases, the swelling can get very large and completely block the nostril. It can even make the nose swell so much that the problem can be seen when you look in the mirror which is not only extremely painful but also rather embarrassing.

GoodSense Maximum Strength Triple Antibiotic Ointment plus Pain Relief, 1 Ounce
GoodSense Maximum Strength Triple Antibiotic Ointment plus Pain Relief, 1 Ounce

When treating a nose pimple, once you have got the area as dry as you can, use another fresh cotton bud to apply a tiny amount of an antibiotic cream.The one I use is this Good Sense triple antibiotic cream as it also contains a pain-relieving element that makes the spot feel much better almost instantly.


From personal experience, I can definitely recommend using the antibiotic cream above (or a similar product) but, In case you are allergic to antibiotics or prefer to use only natural treatments, a very small amount of tea tree oil which is naturally antiseptic will also do the trick but may sting a bit.

You need to repeat the treatment twice a day (or as directed if using the antibiotic cream) and this should produce a significant improvement pretty quickly. However, if after a couple of days it is no better or seems to be getting worse, this is the time to check with your health center.

In order to avoid the problem recurring, take additional care if dealing with nose hair and never put anything inside your nostril which could scratch the lining of your nostril and cause another painful spot to develop.

The Simple Way to Treat a Pimple in Nose

Fortunately, with a little care, it is easy to treat this type of nose pimple yourself at home. All you need is a salt solution, made by dissolving a small quantity of ordinary table salt in some boiling water and allowing it to cool.

Then, using a clean cotton bud, use this solution to gently bathe the sore area inside your nose. If you need to repeat the operation, be sure to use a clean Q-Tip every time and never put an already used one back into the clean bowl of saline solution. After this, you need to remove as much moisture from the sore place as you can so it is easiest to do this with another clean, dry cotton bud.

Removing a Whitehead Pimple Using A Comedone Extractor Tool

More Serious Medical Causes

A sore place inside your nose could possibly be a symptom of a more serious condition. Although this is unlikely, here are some links to further reading on potential causes and treatments.

Nose Sores Caused by Lupus

Patients suffering from Lupus, an autoimmune, rheumatic disease often suffer from nose sores inside their nostrils. In fact, nose sores are one of the eleven criteria used by the American College of Rheumatology for diagnosing Lupus.

Nose Sores Caused by Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels in the body. It is an autoimmune condition that happens when the body's immune system attacks its own blood vessels. This can occur after an infection, as a result of a reaction to a prescription medication or as a secondary condition of another disease or illness.

There are different types of Vasculitis. It is a condition that can affect the skin, joints, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, eyes, brain and nerves. If vasculitis affects the sinuses, nose, throat and ears, one of the symptoms can be sores and ulcers inside the nose.

Reader Poll on Nostril Pimples

Have you ever had a painful pimple inside your nostril? If so, which of the following did you do?

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Don't Panic!

If you have a sore place, spot or a pimple inside your nostril, it is good to know that most cases of sores or pimples inside the nose are very simple and straightforward to treat.

However, if your problem does not resolve with the simple treatment protocol we suggest, or if you have other symptoms that are causing concern, be sure to get medical advice as none of the advice or suggestions we give here are intended to replace medical advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner.

© 2011 Alison Graham


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