A pimple under any circumstance is annoying at best and
painful at worst. But a pimple actually inside your nose is next-level garbage.
And obviously, because that sucker is in your nose,
it’s that much harder to treat. Why do bad things (like nose zits)
happen to good people?
different things could be going on when you have a pimple in your nose.
Sometimes, it’s just a pimple, like any other pimple
you get on your body, says Dr Gary Goldenberg, assistant clinical professor of
dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Like other
pimples, these can form because a pore gets blocked with oil and dead skin
cells, he explains.
But what looks like a nose zit may actually be
something else entirely. You could actually have a cold sore (yep, they
can pop up basically anywhere!), which can look like a pimple, says Dr
Goldenberg. While they’re tricky to tell apart (especially if it’s inside your
nose), it’s likely a cold sore if it keeps showing up in that same spot and
scabs up hardcore as it heals.
Alternately, that nose pimple could actually be
an infection called folliculitis – where a hair follicle gets infected
with staph bacteria and causes redness and swelling, says Dr Joshua Zeichner,
director of cosmetic and clinical research at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Folliculitis bumps look a lot like acne (they’re small,
white bumps) and fun fact: They can also show up on your booty. Yay.
“Staph bacteria like to live in the moist environment inside the nostrils and
sometimes can infect the follicles,” he explains.
depends on what you’ve got up there.
If it’s an actual zit, treating it with a product that
contains benzoyl peroxide can help get rid of it, Dr Goldenberg says.
If it seems like you might be in cold sore territory – they
tend to be more tender and painful, and go away in three to five days – you can
try applying an antiviral cream, he says.
If you suspect you might have folliculitis, which looks
like small red bumps or white-headed pimples around a nose hair follicle,
you’ll want to put OTC bacitracin ointment on it, Dr Zeichner says. If it
doesn’t get better, see a dermatologist – you may need a prescription
There are a
few things you can so to try to prevent this from ever happening again.
If you find that you’re prone to inner-nose pimples, it
could be helpful to gently wash the area like you do the rest of your face and
spot-treat anything that crops up, Dr Goldenberg says. If you’ve got a cold
sore that won’t quit, you may need to get a on a low-dose antiviral (prescribed
by your dermatologist or primary-care doctor) to help keep things under
control, he says.
Folliculitis should clear up with antibiotic cream. But
in more severe cases, it can become a full-blown staph infection – which needs
chronic maintenance to keep from coming back, says Dr Goldenberg. He recommends
trying antibacterial cleansers to help reduce the staph bacteria in the area,
which lowers the risk of that infection returning. And worst-case scenario, you
might have to go on antibiotics for a period of time to totally kill the
infection – which again, would require a visit to your doctor.
Ultimately, if you’re grappling with any kind of pimple
that won’t quit (whether it’s in your nose or elsewhere on your body), check in
with a dermatologist for help.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com
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