Sores in Nose Causes, Pictures, Symptoms and Getting Rid of Them

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Find out all you need to know about painful sores inside the nose including their cause as well as how to get rid of these lesions in your nose including some of the best treatments and remedies.

Sores in the nose are relatively common. At times, they may be quite painful and uncomfortable. Because of this and many other effects that these sores around and in your nose can have, it is natural for you to want to know why you got them and how to prevent them in the future.

The good news is that their treatment is not complicated at all, except in sporadic cases when the sores are a sign of something more sinister.  Let us begin by seeing a few pictures of sores on the nose.

Pictures or images

Here are pictures to demonstrate the appearance of what sores inside, around or on the nose.

Sores in nose causes, herpes, treatments and remedies

How do they develop

A sore in the nose may be just one sore spot inside the nostril, and that is all. However, there are several other ways sores may turn up including clusters.

At times, it may start as a small bump, that was painful before progressing to an open wound. Furthermore, you could notice several nasal ulcers occurring one-off, or suffer from recurring ones.

These sores could also be more on the nose than inside, meaning they appear somewhere around the nostrils.

Some people consider nasal sores as ulcers or wounds. These are just alternative terms

Symptoms to expect

As a frequent symptom of sores on the nose, redness usually accompanies nasal sores. Also, a nasal sore may swell and if we have not mentioned it enough, be very painful.

Possible causes of sores inside the nose

We know you are much interested in understanding the treatment options you have in dealing with this problem. However, first, let us go through what causes sores in the nose.

1. Bacteria

Staphylococcal bacteria and hosts of other bacteria reside everywhere on the human body. Some of them take residence in the nose. However, this is not what will cause a sore to break out, not unless you have a comprised immunity.

What causes these bacteria to thrive is the disturbance that you create on your nose by picking at it, inserting objects and at times poor hygiene.

To some extent dryness, say dry cold weather may also make the skin inside the nose to break giving the bacteria a chance to begin a sore, ulcer or even boils.

Sores in nostrils are often caused by staphylococcal bacteria because these microorganisms are always inside our noses just waiting. People with a compromised immunity will suffer more attacks which means they have sores more.

A sore by bacteria may appear white, like a boil or a furuncle. If it bursts and the fluid drains then it looks more like an ulcer inside the nose.

Impetigo is an example of a common bacterial infection that causes nose sores in children. This highly contagious infection is sometimes known as school sores.

2. Herpes and cold sores

An infection by the herpes simplex virus is known to cause lesions on around the mouth and nose.  These nasal ulcers from herpes can turn up as a cluster, or you could have just one. They tend to be very painful.

3. Allergy

Hypersensitivity to specific agents in aerosol sprays, nasal sprays and pollens can cause a sores

Allergies can lead to nose sores and swelling

4. Polyps

Polys are little swellings that form inside the nasal passages. They are a bit painful and are common in people with other nasal conditions like sinusitis. Polyps can cause nose pain inside the nostrils much like a sore could.

5. Blowing too hard

The skin inside your nose is very delicate. Blowing it too hard may break this skin causing a lesion or wound inside your nostrils.

6. Oxygen use

Some people who have to use oxygen for long periods often find themselves dealing with sore nostrils.

7. Dryness

You can get a sore inside nose from dry air. This is common during dry weather conditions or due to dryness caused by equipment such as air conditioning systems.

8. Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune condition that can affect any part of the body. It causes hair loss, skin ulcers and sores inside the mouth. Sometimes people who have lupus may also have ulcers in the nose, from what some refer to as lupus nose sores.

Remedies and treatment – How to Get rid of Them

The best treatment for nasal sores or wounds will often depend on what caused it. I hope now you see why it was vital that we go through the causes?

Some will go away by themselves in a couple of days. Some may persist. You should see a doctor if you have recurring nose sore. Seeing a doctor is so important since one of the symptoms of nasal cancer is non-healing nasal sores.

The doctor will recommend a topical antibiotic cream for sores or any other medicines for sores inside your nostril. If you use them according to the given instructions, the sore should heal in a short time.

We suggest you do not tamper with a nose sore at all, even the white kind which looks like a zit that may tempt you to pop them. See a doctor if it gets too painful, does not clear in a few days, or begins bleeding.

The below tips and remedies are just to guide you on nose sores treatment.

1. Go easy on the blowing

Even if you are dealing with a bad cold, try to avoid blowing your nose too hard. This will prevent the occurrence of sore inside your nostrils.

2. Stop picking your nose

Again, it may not be easy to stop picking your nose, if it has become a habit for you. However, you could try doing it much less, not just for the sake of decorum and etiquette, but to avoid breaking the skin and starting a wound inside your nose.

Nose picking can worsen or cause nose sores

Also, make sure your hands are clean if you have to touch the inside areas.

3. Use a cold compress home remedy

A cold compress is not going to treat the sores inside the nose, mainly if infection caused them. However, it will bring relief to the painful, inflamed area.

It is pretty easy to use too. You just need to soak a clean cloth in a bowl with a couple of melting ice cubes. When wet, squeeze out excess water and place the compress your nose, right above where the soreness and or redness is.

Alternatively, to use a cold compress, consider wrapping an ice cube in a cloth and rolling on the affected area. Either way, you will experience some relief.

4. Go slow on nasal sprays

Long-term use of nasal sprays may cause the membranes inside the nose to dry out and crack leading to pain and irritation. Avoid prolonged use.

Also, wash out your nose in case you have been exposed to allergens and ask your doctor to recommend a good lubricant to use if you have to use oxygen regularly and you are experiencing soreness inside the nose.

What people have been us asking and answering on this topic

You do your readers a disservice by not including cancer in the list of differential diagnoses -MTM

Hi it is now three days and I am having sites in my nose and are very painful I want know what must I do now -Moses

I also have been getting nose sores and idk why but I do have an autoimmune condition but I tried putting Vaseline in my nose and it does soften the crusty patches but they want go away!! What could be the problem bc it really is scaring me!! My ears have been peeling oh the inside too!! I so spray tanning regularly and I’m wondering if I’m allergic to the to something in the spray tan!! I just need some advice on what to do!! Thank you!! – Judy Wheeler JAN 29, 2017

In response to Judy Wheeler, Joy had this to say

 When I asked a doctor about sores in my nose, they said NOT to use Vaseline in your nose. Sounds like it can get into your lungs and even in minute amounts, it can cause a kind of Pneumonia that is almost impossible to treat. Since Vaseline is not water soluble, this seems like accurate information to me. The doctor suggested saline nasal spray. – Joyce JUN 29, 2017

I have been getting crusty patches in my nose too and also have peeling ears!! I was wondering if it could be connected to my fibromyalgia I have had for years but I’m also wondering if I could be having an allergic reaction. bc do spray tanning regularly and I’m thinking I might be allergic to something in the spray tan!! I have been putting Vaseline in my nose and it does soften the crusty patches but they want go away!! Does anyone have any advice fir me?!!  – Judy Wheeler JAN 29, 2017

In response Judy Wheeler got the following responses:

I used Neosporin, applied on the wound/sore inside my nose. (using q-tips) ​​​- Amy MAY 16, 2017

have you had your thyroid checked? – nonprof JUL 7, 2017

I have been having pains inside my nose for 3 weeks now though it comes and goes.I have taken antibiotics n even sprays to no avail.the pains come as if I wantto squeeze but didnt squeeze again.dont know what it is called.please help me – Ajoko Amarachi JAN 30, 2017

I had a small bump, that then escalated to crusty yellow pus spots. I’ve been on antibiotics oral & cream but it doesn’t seem to be improving. I have an autoimmune illness as well. All is scaring me at the moment. Natasha FEB 11, 2017

I put a cotton ball soaked in peroxide up my nostril – Marie MAR 11, 2017

I have lupus and Ra , I suffer from head to toe rashes, nose sores that I have sores in my mouth. They are going on 7 straight months. I am frustrated , as it’s very depressing not much can be done to heal I have no taste nor smell. I’ve tried the creams, steroids, hoping for even just. Break.- Kacey AUG 6, 2017 

In reply, Edward has this to say

I was prescribed a certain drug for malaria, and the side effect of it was that my nose began to develop some boils that are too painful, though I was battling with cold. Please what should I do to remedy the situation ’cause those sores are too painful… – Edward AUG 17, 2017

Try putting a small dab of coconut oil and frankensince essential oil or coconut and tea tree oil on the spot, when it’s all crusty. If it’s still a blister, use straight frankensince or tea tree (melaluca). You have to use therapeutic grade essential oil. These work way better than any medicine I’ve ever gotten from the MD. A good place to get therapeutic grade essential oils is a DoTerra rep, a Young Living rep, or go to the health food store for a slightly lower quality essential oil. If you go to the store, make sure you tell them it has to be therapeutic grade. It won’t be as good as DoTerra or Young Living but it’ll still get the job done at a fraction of the cost. Apply a small amount every hour or so until it goes away. A little bit goes a long way and it’s not now much you use, but how often. – Stephanie Cox AUG 22, 2017

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