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Bump on Nose not Pimple, Painful, Hard, Big White Bump inside Nose

by Dr. Joe Morales

A bump on the nose or a small lump inside the nose can simply be a pimple or a benign growth. When inside the nose, they can be painful and even cause difficulty in breathing if they are big enough. Causes of bumps on the nose and inside nostrils include piercing keloids, polyps, nose picking, folliculitis and more. This article is a comprehensive discussion of the causes and treatments to get rid of lumps on the nose. Here’s an overview of the article:

  • How to get rid of bumps on nose
  • Bump inside nose, causes, treatments, remedies
  • Painful and bleeding nasal bumps and growths, risks and treatment
  • Clear nose pimples, red nose bumps and white bumps on the nose after rhinoplasty, their meaning and ways to get rid of them
  • Why do I get big hard bumps inside my nose?

    Bump on nose, usually benign

    Bump on nose, usually benign

Most skin growths are benign, meaning they are not harmful. However, they sometimes present aesthetic problems and that is why it is necessary to remove them or treat them. Some of the growths described as pimples, lumps, swellings, and clusters of bumps may be a sign of something else, including cancer. While they may not be malignant, it is important that you see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Bump inside nose causes, treatment, and symptoms

Pimples and bumps inside the nose are common even on other parts of the face. When they develop inside the nose, it can be difficult to see them, may be painful and obstructive to breathing depending on their size. Tiny, small and big bumps inside the nose can be sensitive and cause discomfort. Here are common symptoms causes of bumps inside of the nose.

1. Small painful bump in nose, sore, swollen and that hurts

When a bump develops inside your nose, you are likely to start feeling some mild pain. The nose may become sore due to the swelling around a growing pimple. In some cases, the tiny painful bump will clear on its own in a few days, but only if it is a nasal pimple.

Big bump inside the nose cartilage septum

Flesh like growth inside the nose cartilage/septum.

However, you may notice it increasing in size. This is likely to cause your nose to swell and hurt or become even more painful. MedHealth reports that bumps in the nose that have an infection “might trigger fatigue, fever, headache, and feelings of malaise.”

How to get rid of the pain from sore bump inside nostril: If the bump hurts, you might want to ease the discomfort and relieve the pain. Simple home remedies may help heal a sore pimple. Here are some of the best remedies.

  • Warm compresses using cotton rounds moistened with warm water. Apply these to the outer part of the nose to relieve the pain.
  • Aspirin paste: If the sore bump hurts and comes from a piercing, make an aspirin paste by crushing a few tablets and mixing with pure water. Apply the paste to the affected area before going to bed. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory medication and will also drain the infection.

2. Nasal polyps or bumps inside nose cartilage

When the nose is inflamed for some reason, it can result in small bumps in the shape of teardrops to form on the inside of the nose. These are non-cancerous growths that are usually painless. They develop on the sinuses of the nose, also called the nasal passages.

Nasal polyps or bump

Nasal polyps or a pimple like a bump growing inside nose on the septum

These lumps can grow and form clusters and start blocking your nose. Causes of nose bumps called nasal polyps to include “chronic inflammation due to asthma, recurring infection, allergies, drug sensitivity or certain immune disorders.” [Mayo Clinic].

Treatment for nasal polyps

Nasal polyps might not need treatment because they often clear on their own. However, bigger polyps and nose bumps that won’t go away or won’t heal on their own may require to be removed with surgery. Your ENT should prescribe some medication that will help relieve or reduce some symptoms of the polyp, especially headaches, itchy eyes, nasal discharge, and congestion. Other treatments include:

  1. Nasal corticosteroid sprays are prescribed as a way of reducing inflammation inside the nose
  2. Injectable and oral corticosteroids may also be given if sprays are not effective.
  3. Surgery to remove large bumps inside the nose. [source: Mayo Clinic]

3. Folliculitis or white bumps in nose

Pimple-like white bumps on the nose or inside the nose can mean many things. Most people complain of small hard white bumps in nose after rhinoplasty or septoplasty. We have covered these below. Folliculitis is a common cause of white bumps inside the nose. This is commonly caused by an infection on the root of the nasal hair follicle.

Folliculitis white bump inside nose

Folliculitis white bump inside nose

Bacteria inside the nose are the most common triggers of this infection and may cause the resultant white bump to be painful. According to Patient.info, the bacterium that causes folliculitis bumps “is carried harmlessly in the noses of many people, without causing any problems.” Within a short time, folliculitis bumps may swell, itch and/or contain pus. Sometimes the skin surrounding them may become inflamed and red, causing discomfort in breathing.

The reason why these inner nasal bumps appear white is that they are filled with pus with a slightly delicate membrane. Sometimes they are confused with a pimple in the nose, and are likely to be painful, inflamed and easily broken if you pick your nose excessively. People with nasal septal hematoma may also experience these lumps more often.

Treatment to get rid of folliculitis white bumps in nose

Generally, folliculitis does not require treatment as it clears away with time. However, painful white bumps inside the nose may require treatment and pain relief. Over the counter treatments are available, but it is recommended that you check with your ENT doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

  • Antibiotic treatments such as topical creams and oral pills may be administered to control the infection.
  • Minor surgery may be performed if the pustules or small bumps form into large boils. A small incision is done to drain the pus that accumulates in the zit like structures.

4. Nose picking

Picking the nose introduces a lot of bacteria in the nostrils. As you pick the skin inside your nose and the cartilage, you damage hair follicles and at the same time introducing bacteria to the damaged skin. This will cause an infection that can show symptoms such as bumps. If you already have a bump, it might start bleeding because of the trauma caused by the activity of your finger.

Hard bump on the nose after rhinoplasty and septoplasty

I have a bump on my nose after rhinoplasty. What is the cause and can it be removed? After nasal procedures such as septoplasty and rhinoplasty, hard bumps can form but they should not be cause for concern. With steri strips still on your nose, you should not disturb your nose by looking inside.

If you feel like there is a hard bump on your nose or inside it, you might want to see your surgeon as soon as possible. However, in most cases, a nasal mucosa reaction is the reason for the small lumps. Early scar tissue, sutures or swellings could be the reason for the bumps after nose surgery. These usually resolve on their own. However, book an appointment with your surgeon to determine the cause and for proper treatment.

Bump on nose, not pimple, is painful and won’t go away

Often, pimples on the nose are confused to be bumps when they are not. A skin colored bump is likely to be hard and may not contain pus, or will not ripe. Cystic acne can easily look like a bump especially when it is on the nose because it is difficult to pop.

If you feel a small bump on your nose that does not look like a pimple, you could be suffering from an inflamed cystic pimple, which is why it becomes painful. Continuing to disturb it may cause pain, and if you pop it by force, it might bleed.

Note that if you have a skin colored bump nose that won’t go away and that is not a pimple, you should see a dermatologist just to make sure it is not basal cell carcinoma or skin cancer developing on your nose.

Small or big red bump on the nose

A red bump on the nose that won’t go away could be many things from simple acne pimples and zits to benign growths.

big red bump on nose

Big red bump on the tip of the nose

  1. First, it could be what is normally called cherry angioma. This is a benign growth on the blood vessel which does not come off on its own. Stubborn large or big red bumps on the nose may have to be cut off, but the procedure has to be carried out by a qualified surgeon.
  2. It could also be a nodule of rosacea on the nose, which is common in people with a very fair skin complexion. However, rarely but possibly do red bumps on the nose show as a symptom of skin cancer, also called melanoma. Such bumps bleed when poked or irritated.
  3. An irritated epidermal cyst can also appear as a small red bump. Such lumps usually form under the skin. When they form on the tip of the nose, they can be painful and unsightly. The best removal option is cutting it out.
  4. Pyogenic granuloma is another option here, which is a skin growth characterized as small-sized red bumps that may ooze or bleed. These growths usually appear on an area with an injury, so if your nose was injured during a fall or physical activity, you might have gotten it from there.

Bump on nose bridge and on the side of nose after injury or fall

The tight tissue that lines the bone on the nose bridge can easily get inflamed after trauma such as a fall, an injury during sports activities and so on. A temporary bump is likely to form on the nose bridge and is likely to go away on its own.

However, a nose bridge bump after an injury about six to twelve months later should be cause for alarm as you may need a rhinoplasty to correct the shape of your nose. Nasal bridge bumps may relate to a fracture or injury of the nasal tissue. It is not unusual for people to develop a swelling bump on the side of the nose or on the nose bridge under the laceration. It happens because the tissue is healing and should resolve with time.

However, you will need a physical examination of your nose to determine the actual cause of such bumps on the side of your nose or on the bridge and to find out what it is. Although in most cases of nasal fracture the manifesting sign is a nasal hump, a small bump could also be a sign of this.

Bump inside nose piercing, ring and nose keloids

A bump on the inside of nose piercing is common with people prone to keloids. These small fleshy lumps can form just a few days after piercing your nose or may take a few months to form. The cause of such growths is the trauma from the nose piercing ring. If the ring or stud in the piercing hole is knocked, pulled or tugged, the surrounding tissue will be torn or hurt.

Bump on nose piercing ring

Lumps on the piercing ring of the nose.

A small bump will start growing, usually on the inside of the nose and may appear red and painful. If the bump on nasal piercing is not treated, an infection will develop and may cause a hard raised lump on the inside or outside of the piercing.

An infected nose piercing bump looks like a pimple and may have pus or blood in it. If there is pus in a pimple, seek treatment because it can easily form a scab, abscess or a pustule. Pustules on the nose are hard lumps that form under the skin.

A nose ring bump without infection is likely to be what is called granuloma – a “benign body tissue growth that is harmless” [Enkivillage.com]. This forms into a red lump that feels raw and will bleed or ooze a clear or yellow fluid.

Nose piercing keloids may also start to develop as small bumps either on the inside or outside of the nose piercing. Keloids are raised scar tissue formed from irregular fibrous tissue and are common on injured or traumatized area. A nose piercing keloid bump may continue to enlarge progressively with time. [Medicinenet.com].

Nose bump removal, treatment, and surgery

How do you get rid of bumps on nose piercing? Home treatments include tea tree oil, hot compresses, aspirin, antibiotics and even chamomile tea. However, nose bump surgery is may be the option to remove keloid growths. Cost of the surgery will depend on your location and according to Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD and New York plastic surgeon, the cost will be comparable to a minor nose job and will cost anything between $2500 and $10000. But if you want to get rid of a nose ring bump without surgery, here are the options you have.

  • Tea tree oil remedy: This is effective in helping get rid of a nose bump from a piercing infection. Mix tea tree oil with a little jojoba oil and use a cotton wool to apply to the area twice a day to heal the infection.
  • Chamomile tea treatment is also good for an infected bump inside the nose piercing. Put chamomile tea bags into a cup of hot water and take the tea bag and compress it on the bump until it cools. Do this twice a day to heal the infection and stop or remove the bump.
  • Sea salt hot compresses are the best ways to get rid of bumps inside nose piercings and rings. Press a cotton wool soaked in hot sea salt solution onto the lump. Rinse the area when you are done. Repeat twice for about a week to remove the bump.

Bump or a pimple on tip of the nose

A pimple on the tip of the nose can be very visible and aesthetically uncomfortable. If you do not treat them, the pimples can become infected and quickly unsightly because it is not easy to conceal such growth on the tip of the nose.

If the small bump on tip of the nose is just a pimple or zit, do not pick it, or disturb it. It will clear on its own. However, if it is recurrent, try some home remedies for pimples and other topical treatments to avoid leaving a dark spot when the bump clears.

How to get rid of bumps on nose fast, without surgery, on piercing

Some dots on nose, bumps, and growths can only be removed using surgical methods. For instance, to clear a raised bump on nose piercing that is manifesting itself as a keloid, you will need to have it surgically removed as that is the fastest way to get rid of it. However, there are other ways of getting rid of bumps inside the nose without surgery, some of which are home remedies.big red bump inside nose - pyogenic granuloma

Sea salt

Two to three sea salt soak on the keloid from nose piercing can help remove the bump fast. This treatment is simple as you just need to make a sea salt solution and use a cotton wool on the nose. Do this for about 20 minutes and twice a day to remove the bump naturally.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can also be used with sea salt soaks. Put tea bags in a cup of hot water and use them when warm to compress on the piercing bumps. You can allow them to sit for about 10 minutes until the heat reduces. Repeat the procedure about 3 times and repeat twice a day for faster removal of the bump on the nose ring.

Tea tree oil

Did you know that tea tree oil is an antiseptic? Dabbing tea tree oil on the bumps around piercings. This is one of the fastest known natural ways to get rid of bumps on nose fast. Make a solution of tea tree oil with a skin-friendly oil of your choice. Use a cotton bud to apply to the growing bump on the piercing. Treat two times a day and avoid too many applications as they will dry the skin on the nose.

Aspirin paste remedy

We have already seen the aspirin remedy. Another way to make the paste is by placing a few tablets into a bottle containing water and allow it time to make a paste on its own. Apply the paste every day before going to bed. This treatment will help with itchy bumps on the nose because it has anti-inflammatory properties.

References and sources

Enkivillage: http://www.realself.com/question/minor-nose-job

Realself: http://www.enkivillage.com/bump-on-nose-piercing.html


MedHealth: http://www.med-health.net/Bump-Inside-Nose.html

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nasal-polyps/basics/definition/con-20023206


Patient: http://patient.info/health/folliculitis-leaflet

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: http://www.aocd.org/?page=PyogenicGranuloma

New Health Guide: http://www.newhealthguide.org/Nose-Piercing-Bump.html

DISCLAIMER: This article is for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. We recommend that you see a doctor for diagnoses, treatment and prescriptions.

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Suryan Jul 1, 2015 - 7:40 am

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a raised hard lump on my nose just close to me eye. It appeared reddish and I mistook it for a pimple. It took me quite sometime to actually figure out it was not. How many of us out there would mistake a bump for a pimple?

Diane Jul 1, 2015 - 8:08 am

Almost a week ago I got a sunburn on my back, but it was not a very bad one. The burn went away but later on I noticed a small red bump on one part of my nose. It hurts not very often and has been there for three days now. I’m not sure if they are due to the sunburn or are something else entirely. On the third day I feel like has grown a bit, but has not spread any further.

sofina Jul 2, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Now now now, I have a growing bump on the nose where glasses sit. It is so ugly. It doesn’t usually hurt unless I pick at it, like I did a few days ago because I got angry and wanted it to go away. Then it bled and scabbed over and hopefully it will go back to being my normal skin color. I was really worried whether it is a form of skin cancer or not. I just didn’t know wearing sunglasses or normal glasses can make a zit or pimple grow where they sit because of the accumulation of sweat and pores being blocked.

carlene Jul 2, 2015 - 9:34 pm

A bump appeared on my cartilage two month after septum piercing. My reaction messed with it then it got infected. Leaving me looking like Rudolph. The bump scabbed up then went away. It came back in the same area two month later. After going through this article I have learnt that it may be due to an allergy caused by my nose ring.

Tommy Jul 7, 2015 - 11:23 pm

My puppy that has developed a large bump on her snout, its about one inch up from her nose. It is hard and solid, doubled in size in one week from when I first noticed it. I thought a week was long enough for the swelling to disappear. It keeps on coming and going. What should I do? Will in need surgery to remove?

Kirriam Jul 16, 2015 - 12:48 pm

I have been struggling with a red raised lump on my nose for some time now… It has been there for a while and gets painful especially when touched. The pain is unbearable for me and I find myself glued to the mirror having a new totally different look. It has completely taken away my joy and I am actually confused right now. How long will this last before it goes away on its own?

David herrera Apr 3, 2016 - 5:08 pm

You might want to go to a Doc. Sometimes things dont get better on their own, you already have it might as well take care of it the right way and get it checked out, it might be something bad so your better off getting it checked out. Best of luck to you!

joemorales Apr 5, 2016 - 9:23 pm

You are right David. Some bumps can mean something serious, such as cancer, and should be reported to the doctor as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Sony Sep 18, 2016 - 4:18 pm

My mother had a nodules type polyp in d lower inside part of left nose..but she does not hv pain headache itchy..so wht is could might be? N how it will be treat..