What To Do If You Have A Pimple In Your Nose

Nobody wants a zit on their nose, and why does it seem like they always form the day before an important event, like a first date or formal event? It's definitely an inconvenience, but having one inside the nose can be just as unpleasant. Maybe you didn't even know it was possible, but unfortunately, it is. John Hopkins Medicine says you can actually get a pimple anywhere — anywhere that has pores, that is.

According to Healthline, a pimple forms "when oil or dead skin cells start to build up in the pores." Sometimes, though, an intranasal pimple can form as a result of an ingrown hair, an infection in the front part of the nasal cavity, or nasal boils, as Medical News Today explains. Question is, what can you do about it?

Although it's nice that no one can see an intranasal pimple, unlike a glaring external Rudolph zit, it's natural to still want to do something about it, since it can cause some discomfort.

Leave it alone

Of course, the first thing anyone wants to do when they have a pimple is to get rid of it, but sometimes you just need to be patient and let it heal on its own. WebMD claims a blemish takes around five days to heal, if left alone. That means no picking or popping! Although popping an intranasal pimple can be difficult anyway, compared to one on the outside of your nose, that doesn't stop some people from picking at it. This isn't such a good idea, though.

Popping or picking at a pimple inside your nose can push bacteria deeper into your skin, which can cause your nose to swell or turn red, as TeensHealth explains. Medical News Today adds that it can leave you with an infection, which, of course would be worse than the pimple.

If you find the discomfort to be more than you can handle, there are a few home remedies you can try, including taking over-the-counter medications for pain relief. A warm compress applied to the outside of the nose can help reduce inflammation, which can then eliminate some of the discomfort, according to Stylecraze.

Know when to see a doctor

Most pimples don't typically result in a trip to the doctor's office, but some can. It's important to know what symptoms to look for with an intranasal pimple. Medical News Today recommends that you see a doctor if you're experiencing vision problems, dizziness, a rash accompanied by a fever, uneven pupils, or feelings of confusion. These are indicators of a more serious condition than a harmless blemish.

Another reason you might want to see a doctor is if the pimple seems to be getting worse or more painful, or if it doesn't heal on its own. Remember, it takes roughly five days for a pimple to heal, but it could take a little longer for some people, according to WebMD. But if seven days have passed and you're still dealing with that annoying pimple inside your nose, you may want to see a dermatologist. They can then let you know the best way to treat it (via Medical News Today).

To recap, a pimple inside the nose can be quite uncomfortable, but it's best to just avoid touching the area and let it heal on its own, if you can. However, if the discomfort is unbearable, consider OTC meds, and if it doesn't disappear within seven days or worsens, schedule a visit with your doctor.