Bump Inside The Nostril Treatment: Painful Lump In Nose Causes

While it is common for a bump to appear anywhere on the face, frequently it is seen to develop inside the nostril. A bump or a pimple or a boil as it is commonly referred can be a cause of worry, especially when it is present in your nose. Bump inside the nostril is not embarrassing cosmetically as it is on the face; however it can cause lot of pain and distress for the person suffering from it. For this reason you need a better understanding with regards to its causative factors so that you can prevent it from occurring in first place, and treat the bump as soon as the symptoms and signs appear.

A bump or pimple in the nose is usually caused due to folliculitis. It is an infection at the root of your hairs, and the causative organism is bacteria. Staphylococcus bacteria are the common organism to cause bump inside the nose.  However, many other bacteria present inside the nose and the mucus membrane can also cause bumps.

A bump in the nostril requires an early medical or surgical intervention. This is because of probable complication, cavernous sinus thrombosis a relatively fatal condition. The veins of the nose and brain are interlinked; any nasal infection can spread to the brain through these veins.

Causes And Symptoms Of Lump In The Nose

Following are few triggering factors for a bump to develop inside the nostril.

  • Repeated nose picking can damage the hair follicle in the nose. The bacteria present in the nose gets a chance to enter the nasal tissue through the damaged follicle and multiply.
  • Squeezing of the bump can aggravate the condition and the infection can spread to the deeper layer inside the nose.
  • Blowing nose too often.
  • Recurrent episodes of bumps inside the nostril are often observed in people suffering from diabetes, people with low immunity and obese individuals.

Symptoms of bumps inside the nostril:

There is slight pain and swelling in the beginning. After 2 or 3 days, the size of the pimple inside the nostril increases. The nose becomes swollen and tender to touch. There is pulsating and throbbing pain inside the nose which makes the patient restless. The bump inside the nose becomes red and inflamed. You can see a hot and fiery nose many times when a bump is present inside the nose. Fever, generalized weakness, malaise are associated symptoms noted with severity of infection. Many times people complain of headache.

Treatment Of Painful Bumps Inside Nostril

Treatment and home remedies for bump or boils in the nostril.

Most of the time, bumps in the nose heal within few days if they are small. However, pain and inconvenience will prevail for a longer period if you wait. Some the home remedies are effective in relieving the symptoms of pain and swelling in conjunction with antibiotics that are prescribed by your doctor.

  • Fomentation with warm water on the outer side of the nostril two to three times in a day will help the bump to ripe and recede fast.
  • Applying juice of onion to the bump in the nostril will hasten it to ripe and drain few days early.
  • Another important home remedy is mixing one or two teaspoon of lime juice in a glassful of bitter gourd juice and drink the juice for few days. It is effective if you drink it on empty stomach as soon as you get up in the morning.
  • If the size of the bump (boil) increases in size even after taking antibiotics and home remedies, your doctor may advise surgical incision and drainage.


  1. Ryan

    The bump inside my nose is about nickel size and is inflamed like an angry red color, but I am feeling no pain. Should I consult a doctor or wait to see if it clears up in a few days? I just noticed the lump this morning.

  2. Janet

    My left nose has a white sore in it. It is very painful to try to pull white off of it. This is not my first time getting one and I feel since I don’t know what it is it will return again. I get it several times in a year and it is there for months. It usually is real hard but not flaky. When I try to get it off it waters my eyes and then I notice it is moist and white. It is a kind that reminds me of a blister but it is whiter. I pull hairs out of nose at that area with tweezers but it won’t go away. I don’t get it in other nostril and it is in same area every time. My blood count is usually low as to anemia and potassium and my body lacks Vitamin B12.
    Please help me with this issue as how can I prevent this from recurring? It is so embarrassing that people thing I am picking my nose. I am really rubbing and trying to open it so it will go away.

  3. Pricy

    I have a very painful yet small bump on the inside of my nose. I often blow my nose several times a day. I am a smoker which I believe is the cause of my running nose. Please suggest some remedy (I am trying to reduce smoking).

  4. YS

    I have a bump inside my nose. If I just keep putting some hot water on the outside, will that make it go away or should I call my doctor? I have an appointment little over a week away. What should I do till then

  5. BR

    I had the same symptoms, my head was aching and it became so tender that I could not even touch my cheeks or smile. My teeth were even paining because of the bump in my nose. Everyday I just squeezed it until white puss came out followed by blood. I continued to do it until I got it all out. After three days there was no Pain.

  6. Jas

    I have had a small bump or boil on each nostril at the top of the nose. It hurts a lot when I touch it and also when it is stretched for any reason. Can you tell me is that a polyp? Please suggest me some remedy.

  7. NR

    I get these bumps inside my nose sometimes, especially when my allergies are flaring up and I am blowing my nose a lot. It is not that big a deal as this makes it seem. It goes away on its own without taking any treatment

  8. Rust

    I found a bump on the inside of my nose towards the back at the bottom. It hurts so bad it is giving me headache and tooth ache. This has been going on for two weeks now, and now with the holidays I can’t make an appointment. Please help, can’t take it anymore.

  9. Mary

    I been having a sore like one inch deep inside my nose for years and I do pick it often because it scabs up every time. When I take our the scabbing it hurts so much and it bleeds. So I stopped and now is full of scabs and it hurts very much.
    I inserted a Q-tip to try to feel what it is and it feels like a big bump, hard and quarter of an inch long . I do excess picking of my nose because I always feel I have boogers and it really hurts. It has gotten worse over the years. I never gone to the doctor for this matter but now I have to because it will hurt all the way to my eyes and forehead.

  10. Ana

    Hi Mary, Have you seen the doctor regarding your nose problem? I am so curious to know about what he advised. I am also having the same problem for the last few months now.Take care and thanks.

  11. Moni

    I woke up in the middle of the night and feeling something inside my nose and I found this bump about dime size. Three months ago I was getting pain inside my nose like a very sharp sensation. I disregarded it as sinus problems. Hair inside my nose have fallen out in the last 6 months. Can anyone tell what can be the problem and suggest some remedy.

  12. Lily

    I got a hit me on the face and now I have a big bump inside my nostril. As such it doesn’t hurt or anything, but I was thinking of cutting it out by my self but I read here that it can be dangerous. Can you suggest me some other remedies because this bump has made me lose my self-esteem.

  13. GN

    I also had the same painful red bump inside the nostril. It put a few drops of warm water on a Qtip three times a day and a small amount of antiseptic cream inside the nostril. Hope it helps in your case also.

  14. Joe

    I have a small bump in side my left nostril. At first there was no pain but it looks as if I was about to have catarrh but later the noise appears heavy. I have tried steaming but it will move to the right nose and after 2 days return to the left. What should I do?

  15. Erin

    I got a bump in my inner left nostril last night. It is very painful and swollen and I just want to get rid of it. Suggest me a simple way.

  16. Jene

    I recently noticed that I have two small bumps inside my left nostril right on the bone. I am not sure what they are and if I should be worried. They are white in color. Kindly suggest me some home remedy.

  17. cathy

    I had a cold and blew my nose a lot. At first I had one bump but when I woke up the next day I had a lot more inside of my nose as well as the outside. I thought they were cold sores and went to the hospital where they had to do a sweep biopsy. I still have not got the results but I was put on two type of antibiotics.
    It is healing slowly now but my skin under my nose is off like it has been scraped and unless I put cortisone on it, it hurts and becomes dry. It was very scary for me as I never had a rash or heat bumps or whatever it is. I am even more scared as doctors have never seen something like this. The nurse told me that maybe it is a bacterial infection because it has spread so fast. Anyone with a problem like this?

  18. Jilli

    I have also the same symptoms as mentioned by Janet from April 1, 2012. I have had this white hard bump on the inside of my nose. It hurts and it is tender to touch. Can you tell me what it is and how to get rid of it?

  19. Donna

    I have a boil or something up the inside of my nostril. Its pretty sore and my face on the outside of my nostril is all swollen. I do not know what it is or how to treat it? Do I need to see a doctor?

  20. Reb

    I have a lump inside my nose, at first it was just a pimple and I did not took notice until it became bigger. Last month it became painful due to cleaning. I have not seen the doctor yet. I am afraid to know the result. Please suggest some remedy.

  21. Tessa

    I have a bump at the bottom of my left nostril which is painful when touched. Is this bad, should I see a doctor or is there any home remedy I could use?

  22. Rick

    I think I have a lump inside my nose. It is white, soft and it is growing. There is liquid discharge coming out continuously but it doesn’t hurt. It does affect my left nostril which is blocked totally. I cannot breathe properly. Sometimes if I pick on this fat like white tissue growing inside my nose it bleeds.

  23. Ken

    I had a blow to my nose about two months ago which caused it to bleed and was swollen for a while. Ever since I have a pea sized lump up my right nostril. It is white and extremely sore to touch. Even blowing or touching my nose on that side is sore. I had been hoping that it is going to just go away. Is there any remedy?

  24. Patty

    I’ve had a small hard place inside my nose and I think that it has been there for a couple years. In the last couple of months it has got bigger and is hard and painful. I applied pressure on it from the outside and that made it worse.
    I have dental issues also so I don’t know if it’s from my teeth or if it is a nasal problem. I have chronic Lyme disease which causes infections and I also have silent reflux that causes inflammation but this sore lump is getting bigger and closer to my eye.
    I don’t have a primary care physician. Should I go to the hospital E R with this? I just wonder what it could be and what should I do?

  25. Randy

    I had this bump and soreness inside my nostril. It was accompanied with cold. By the third day, it was so painful, my entire nose and side of my cheek was tender to the touch. My teeth also started to hurt. I decided to use a Neti pot (only use saline or sterilized water), it helped but slowly. I also kept warm compresses on my nose at first, then started using ice for the swelling and to numb the pain.

    I never went to the doctor as I didnt have health insurance. It lasted for about two weeks. I hope this helps anyone.

  26. Antoin

    I have this bump inside of my nose which is very irritating and hurts when I stretch my nose. It even hurts if I touch the outside of my nose. When I touch the bump, it immediately causes pain and discomfort. Can anyone tell me what it is and how I can get rid of it?

  27. SHN

    I am having a bump inside my left nostril for a week now. I have been in bed due to pain and fever since for last three days. I am not sure if its a pimple though, no head can be seen. There is much pain on left side of face from eye to temple to chin and left eye can barely open. I am also sweating to due fever and pain.

    It has been so long and no relief from pain and the worst is that my nose is running on the left side and I can’t blow it due to intense pain.

  28. Soli

    I get these little bumps in my nose every time I get a cold due to constant sneezing and nose blowing. They are small and filled with a clear liquid. They are very painful , itchy and sometimes make my nose swell if I try to pop them. I usually get a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide and apply 3 times a day this seems to help stop the itching. I then apply cortisone with a fresh cotton swab this helps with the swelling . I then apply Neosporine once daily. The bumps will be gone in 2-3 days if you can keep from trying to pick at them .

  29. Rachel

    I also have a lump in my left nostril and it is not paining. I am taking antibiotics for it now. There is some water like substance coming out of my noose is it a good thing?

  30. Jane

    I have a very painful but small bump or pimple on the inside of my right nostril it is very inflamed and it looks as if it has a white head on it. The other day I put a hot compress on it and white liquid came flowing out followed by blood.

    Now a large red welt is left behind witch is causing great discomfort and the white liquid is still continuing to flow out. I need help to get rid of it.

  31. Cheryl

    I had a bump that developed overnight in my nose. It was extremely painful and there was swelling above the eye and down towards the chin. I went to hospital Emergency and was immediately given antibiotics. They froze the nose and cut the bump and extracted the bacteria. I had to return in the evening for another antibiotic drip. I am at home now taking oral antibiotics.
    Pressure pain is gone and infection is under control. Never ignore anything developing in the nose, if infection goes to the brain you are in big trouble.

  32. Mark

    I have a small bump in my left nostril more than 12 years. My family doctor tried with different creams for years, but no success. Unfortunately neither the ENT specialist had a clue about this skin irritation. He looked and advised not to touch it as it is healing, it is a scab. Well in this case this “scab” is the problem, he never knew it.

    And now, I am pulling the skin out with sterilized needle and tweezers, since no doctor is able to help me. I use salt water, antibiotic ointment and Cortisone cream. Still the same condition.

    Now I am going to try a dermatologist. The inflammation on the skin of the nostril is not in the ear, nose or Throat, I think it is dermatitis.

  33. Dan

    I get these periodically. Untreated, they usually go away within 4 to 5 days, but pop up in another spot in the nostrils. I started swabbing inside of nostrils with Witch hazel or Hydrogen peroxide via Q-tip and then applied Melaleuca essential oil to inside of both nostrils.

    If I am diligent with this twice a day, it keeps the bumps/boils/pimples from forming altogether. The one time I didn’t do this treatment for a day, the bumps came back. I have also used this treatment after a bump is formed and it removes it in half the time it takes for it to go away without treatment.

  34. Smith

    Found a very painful bump in my right nostril. I squeezed it and got some greenish yellow pus that was very thick, out of it. Since then the right side of my upper lip has tripled in size and it is very hard between my lip and nose. The right side of my face is swollen and very hard especially around the nose. Everything is very sore I can’t even smile. The pain is unbearable. Please suggest me some remedies.

  35. Bridget

    I have a bump or boil on the bottom of my left nostril. It is about the size on a dime and it’s really red and tender. I noticed it yesterday. It’s really painful and it hurts to touch my nose and the left side of my face or to just smile and yawn. I am constantly blowing my nose. I did happen to pick at it once or twice to see if it was a pimple or something. I haven’t seen a doctor because I don’t know if it is necessary. Should I see a doctor and are there any home remedies to stop the pain and get rid of this bump?

  36. Monie

    I have reoccurring lump in my left nostril, which can be felt on the outside of the nostril. It swells quite high up until it has nowhere else to go. I get a headache as a result of the pain. I take Ibuprofen to reduce the swelling but I am worried about this. I must admit I do pick my nose but my fingers are always clean. Should I seek medical support?

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