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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.

9 Potential Bump in or on the Nose Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious.

    78% go away in 2 years

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    non-tender nose bump, small nose lump, skin-colored nose bump, scaly nose bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Cold Sore

    Cold sores (also called oral herpes or fever blisters), are viral infections of the mouth caused by the herpes virus type 1. You were probably infected very early in life as a child when an adult kissed you. The virus stays asleep (dormant) and causes infections every now and then after exposure to lots of sun or emotional/physical stress. It is contagious when an outbreak is happening, but treatment is limited unless you are immunocompromised.

    1-2 weeks. Natural healing process starts within 24 hours of the initial sore starting.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    mouth lesions, itchy mouth, pain on the outside of the lips, lip numbness, burning pain on the outside of the lips
    Symptoms that always occur with cold sore:
    mouth lesions
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Chronic Sinusitis

    Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses (hollow cavities behind the nose & cheeks) that lasts more than 12 weeks and can continue for months or years.

    Longer than 3 months.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, trouble sleeping, congestion, runny nose
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic sinusitis:
    chronic sinusitis symptoms
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Viral Infection of the Larynx (Voice Box)

    Acute laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx) due to infection.The vocal cords are located inside the larynx. Normally, the vocal cords open and close freely, but in laryngitis, they become inflamed. This swelling causes distortion of the sounds produced by air passing over them, making one's resulting voice sound hoarse.

    Less than 3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, runny nose, fever, dry cough, hoarse voice
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Acute Viral Sinusitis

    Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus spaces behind the nose and cheeks. These spaces produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If the nose is swollen or if the mucus does not drain, this can block the sinuses and cause pain or infection.

    Symptoms should subside within 7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, cough, sinusitis symptoms, sore throat, congestion
    Symptoms that always occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Skin Cyst

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

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored nose bump, small nose lump, marble-size nose lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored nose bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  9. 9.Mononucleosis Infection

    EBV Mononucleosis is a clinical syndrome characterized by fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.

    2-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), cough
    Symptoms that never occur with mononucleosis infection:
    rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is there something on the surface of the bump?

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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:

    • 10% Nose Pain
    • 6% Congestion
    • 5% Nasal Ulcer
  • People who have experienced bump in or on the nose had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Less Than a Week
    • 34% Over a Month
    • 12% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced bump in or on the nose were most often matched with:

    • 28% Wart
    • 3% Dermatofibroma of the Nose
  • 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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