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Bump in or on the Nose Symptoms

The human nose is one body part that may not be cause for much attention - until something is wrong with it. Sneezing, runny or leaky noses, and sniffling maybe undesirable, but are quite common during allergy or flu season. However, developing a sudden bump in the nose is an unique issue and can be quite concerning at first.

Questions might start flying around your head, including how long has it been there? Why is it there? Is this a sign of something serious?

The good news is that there are plenty of reasons for developing a bump in the nose, most of which are low-risk.

If you do develop a bump in your nose, you might experience the following:

There's more going on inside your nose than meets the eye. There are four main parts of the nose. The first are the nostrils, which serve as the entrance to your nasal cavity. They're the first component involved in the science of smelling things like your grandma's amazing cookies baking in the oven or your dog's not so friendly presents.

The nostrils are separated by the septum, which is made up of pieces of bone at one end and thick cartilage at the other. This is what makes the tip of your nose so movable.

Finally, the space behind your nose is the nasal cavity. This connects to your throat and is separated from the mouth by your palette. The intertwining of your nose and mouth is why scents and tastes play off of each other.

Bump in or on the Nose Causes Overview

As you can see from our section on symptoms, there are plenty of pieces and parts in and surrounding the nose that can be injured or traumatized, leading to possible bruising, pain, or bumps.

Here are some of the most common cause categories behind mysterious nose bumps.

  • Bacterial and fungal causes: Bacterial and fungal causes are common culprits of nose bumps. The inner linings of the nose are covered in hair follicles that can become blocked and irritated. Just like the rest of your body, the nose can become infected, either with bacteria or a fungus. This can lead to pain, redness, and if severe enough, a bump. Acne can also be the reason behind a bump or two inside your nose. If you suffer from acne externally, this could be a likely explanation.

  • Medical causes: Medical causes can also be behind nose bumps. Boils can develop inside the opening of the nostril. These can be treated because they can lead to serious medical conditions. Painless growths like polyps can cover the sinuses and lead to discomfort. Allergies, if bad enough, can also cause bumps inside your nose.

  • Trauma-related causes: Trauma-related causes are usually self-inflicted. Picking your nose can lead to irritation and infections, as can removing hair from inside the nasal passages. Finally, trauma caused by an accident or force can damage any of the intricate parts of the nose, possibly causing bumps and bruising.

A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Bump in or on the Nose

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced bump in or on the nose. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored armpit bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"), which is dangerous and requires treatment.

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess:
    rash with bumps or blisters
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    The severity of the acne dictates treatment-type and duration. With proper treatment, acne should resolve in weeks to months. In some cases, acne is a long-term condition.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red facial bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored groin bump, marble sized groin lump, small groin lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored groin bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  5. 5.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    5-10 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump, constant skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red facial bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Dermatofibroma of the Nose

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nose itch, small nose lump, skin-colored nose bump, pink or red nose bump, marble-size nose lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Whitehead

    Whiteheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is closed to the air by a layer of skin cells, the oil/dead skin cells remains white (as opposed to a blackhead).

    Whiteheads should go away within the next 3-4 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small facial lump, yellow or white facial bump
    Symptoms that always occur with whitehead:
    small facial lump, yellow or white facial bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Facial Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    facial bump unchanging in size, small facial lump, black or brown facial bump, uniformly black/brown face bump, facial bump's smooth border
    Symptoms that always occur with facial mole:
    black or brown facial bump, facial bump unchanging in size
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  9. 9.Mole on the Nose

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged nose bump, small nose lump, black or brown nose bump, uniformly black/brown nose bump, bump's smooth border
    Symptoms that always occur with mole on the nose:
    unchanged nose bump, black or brown nose bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Bump in or on the Nose Treatments and Relief

Most of the time, giving your nose bump a few days to heal on its own is all you need to do. But there are some signs that warrant a trip to the doctor's office, such as:

  • Excessive bleeding from the nose
  • Bump grows in size
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain behind the nose

When treating a nose bump, consider the following home remedies and preventative measures (if the issue is reccurring).

  • Salt Water Therapy: An infected bump is no match for the antibacterial properties of salt water. Simply mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and apply with a clean cloth to the affected area.
  • Warm Compress: Soak a washcloth in warm water and apply to the area if possible. This will reduce discomfort and, if it is infected, help bring the infection to the surface.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal. It can also moisturize and soothe irritated skin. Use a cotton swab to carefully apply the oil as needed.
  • ACV: Apple cider vinegar works by countering any itchiness, swelling, and redness. It has antiseptic properties that can kill off bacteria and speed up the healing process.

Bump in nose prevention:

  • Avoid picking your nose
  • Be gentle when blowing your nose
  • If you are prone to allergies or have allergic rhinitis, avoid triggers

A bump in the nose doesn't have to slow you down. Seek medical attention if necessary but, in most situations, a little patience will have your nose back to its former glory in no time.

FAQs About Bump in or on the Nose

Here are some frequently asked questions about bump in or on the nose.

Can a bump in my nose go away on its own?

Yes. A bump (most commonly a pimple) or a mixture of an infection, inflammation, and overactive sweat glands can occur in the nose. It will often last as long as bumps or pimples in other areas of the body and disappear without any intervention. Unless you are seeing a specialist in popping pimples (e.g. a dermatologist) it is best to let the bump resolve on its own so as not to spread the pimple.

What does a bump in nose with pus mean?

A bump on the nose that expresses pus is commonly known as a pimple. It is often the product of overactive sweat glands and inflammation. In some cases, it can be the product of infection, but most pimples are contributed to significantly by the body's own inflammation and activity of its sweat glands.

Can an infected piercing cause a nose bump?

Yes. A skin infection or cellulitis is a complication of nose piercing. Often, infected piercings do not require medical attention. The piercing should either be replaced or left in and washed and rinsed with mild soapy water or disinfectant. Removing the piercing may allow the hole through which the piercing was placed to swell shut and heal, such that a new piercing is required.

What does a painful bump in my nose mean?

A painful bump on the surface of the nose may be a pimple. A painful bump within the nose may be an infected portion of the nostril. You have oil glands just outside the nose that track into the nose as well. If one of those regions becomes clogged with dirt or oil, it can block sweat and oil from being released, causing a pimple.

Can you have a pimple in your nose?

Yes. A pimple forms from blocked glands and can occur inside the nose as well as outside the nose. A pimple in the nose is not an uncommon occurrence and should resolve on its own as long as it is kept clean. You should not pop it as this can spread pimples to other areas of the face.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Bump in or on the Nose

  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is your nose bump painful to touch?
  • Q.Is there something on the surface of the bump?
  • Q.Has anyone in your family had cancer?

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Bump in or on the Nose Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced bump in or on the nose have also experienced:

    • 11% Nose Pain
    • 6% Congestion
    • 5% Nasal Ulcer
  • People who have experienced bump in or on the nose had symptoms persist for:

    • 36% Less Than a Week
    • 36% Over a Month
    • 11% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced bump in or on the nose were most often matched with:

    • 80% Skin Abscess
    • 20% Pimple
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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