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Sores in Nose, Around, Inside Nose Causes, Treatments, Pictures or How to Get Rid of Sores in Nose

Find out what out all you need to know about painful sores inside the nose including their cause as well as how to get rid of sores in nose or some of the good treatments.

Sores in the nose are relatively common. They are also quite painful AND uncomfortable to live with. It is only natural that you will be looking to understand why you got them in the first place, if only to know how to prevent them in the future.

The good news is that their treatment is not complicated at all, except in very rare cases when the sore is a sign of something more sinister. But the operative word here is rare, so don’t worry too much. We will get around to treatments later.

Sores in nose pictures

Here are pictures of what sores inside the nose look like.

Sores inside and around nose
Sores inside and around nose
Sore inside nose
Sore inside nose


Before we look at treatments, first let us go through what causes sores in the nose.

Possible causes of sores inside nose

A sore in nose may be just one sore spot inside the nostril and that is all. But really there are several other ways it may turn up. As a nose ulcer for example, probably that was a painful bump before progressing to an open wound. You could notice several nasal ulcers, one off, or suffer from recurring nose sores.

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

Some people see nasal sores as ulcers, or wounds, if you see those coming up in the article, we are not out to confuse you. These are just alternative terms.

Nasal sores are usually accompanied by redness, a generally sore nose, swelling and if we haven’t mentioned it enough, pain. Here are common causes of nasal sores.

1. Bacteria

Staphylococcal bacteria and really a host 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 in your nose. It is your own interference with your nose say by picking at it or inserting objects. To some extent an thing that causes dryness in the nose, say dry cold weather may also land you at the same placed where the skin inside the nose is broken and the bacteria are able to get in there and form a boil.

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

An infection of the herpes simplex virus is known to cause sores 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 certain agent sin aerosol sprays, nasal sprays and pollens can cause a nose ulcers situation.

4. Polyps

Polys are little swellings that form inside the nasal passages. They are  a little 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 your nose too hard may break this skin causing a lesion or wound inside.

6. Oxygen

Some people who have to use oxygen for long periods of time have found themselves dealing with sore nostrils.

7. Dryness

You can get a sore inside nose from dry air. This could be during dry weather conditions or due to conditions created by equipment such as air conditioning systems.

8. Lupus

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

Treatment for nose sores – How to Get rid of Sores in Nose

The best treatment for nasal sores or wounds will often depend on what caused it. See why it was important that we go through the causes?

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

The doctor will recommend an antibiotic topical cream for sores in the nose caused by herpes. If you use this according to 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 and tempts you to pop it. See a doctor if it gets too painful, does not clear in a few days, or begins bleeding.

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

1. Go easy on the blowing

Even if you are dealing with a cold, try avoiding blowing your nose too hard to avoid sore inside the nostrils and around the nose.

2. Stop picking g your nose

Again, it may not be easy, if it has become a habit for you. But 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. Also make sure your hands are clean if you have to touch the inside of your nose.

3. Use a cold compress

A cold compress is not going to treat the sores inside nose, especially if they were brought by infection. But 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 on your nose, right above where the soreness and or redness is.

You could also use it by wrapping an ice cube in a cloth and rolling this around on your nose. 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 in the nose. 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 regularly use oxygen and are experiencing nose soreness inside the nose.

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

  2. 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

  3. 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!!

    • 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. I had a small bump ,that then escalated to crusty yellow pus spots. Ive been on antibiotics oral & cream but it doesnt seem to be improving.
    I have an auto immune illness as well. All is scarring me at the moment.

  7. I put a cotton ball soaked in peroxide up my nostril

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

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