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My right nostril is swollen inside. Is it a pimple or an allergic reaction?

Nostril bump: Generally, pimples inside the nostrils are painful/tender, while allergic reactions are itchy. Most likely, you have a pimple or an inflamed (+/- infected) hair follicle. If your condition worsens, you develop additional symptoms, or it persists unchanged for 2+ weeks, you should see your doctor. If you develop swelling elsewhere, difficulty breathing or swallowing, ... Go to the er! ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more


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I have a big red bump/pimple on the bottom, Inside of my nostril it is swollen and hurts how do I get rid of it fast?

I have a big red bump/pimple on the bottom, Inside of my nostril it is swollen and hurts how do I get rid of it fast?

Ouch!: Cysts and pimples inside the nose are painful, aren't they? Avoid squeezing or pushing on it. Warm moist compresses (somewhat difficult in this spot) can help encourage drainage. Swabs with Qtip smeared with antibiotic ointment twice daily can help reduce infection. NSAIDs such as Motrin or Advil can help for pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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I have a swollen painful bump on my nostril is it a cold sore? I've had it for 3 days and doesn't have a head like a pimple. It's very red and painful

I have a swollen painful bump on my nostril is it a cold sore? I've had it for 3 days and doesn't have a head like a pimple. It's very red and painful

A good history: A good social and medical history would be helpful to try to pinpoint what you may have. It is certainly likely that you have a cold sore, but I am more inclined to believe that you have a simple pimple in that area. I have seen several like this, they tend to get very red, no visible head on the skin surface, and very painful. ...Read more

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My 8 years old daughter has been complaining of right side nostril pain. She has been having trouble breathing from that side and headaches for 2 weeks. I can see a big swollen red bump in her right nostril. She doesn't have asthma, allergies or cold. Wha

My 8 years old daughter has been complaining of right side nostril pain. She has been having trouble breathing from that side and headaches for 2 weeks. I can see a big swollen red bump in her right nostril. She doesn't have asthma, allergies or cold. Wha

She might have..: ..A cyst or infection in her nose, but with the complaints of headache for two weeks i'm concerned that there is a sinus infection. Anything painful like that, going on for weeks, needs to be seen and diagnosed by her doctor asap. ...Read more

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I am having a painful pimple inside my nostrils. What should I do?

I am having a painful pimple inside my nostrils. What should I do?

Warm compresses: Warm compresses can help soothe the pain of a tender pimple in the nose. If it doesn't get better after a few days, et it checked by your physician. ...Read more

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I have a pimple right at the beginning of my nostril and it really hurts. I have had this problem twice before.

Your : Your question provides the opportunity to address painful pimples or similar lesions on the nose. Some people try to get rid of these by squeezing them. The area that extends from the corners of the mouth up to the top of the nose has a blood supply that moves toward the brain. In rare situations, infections in this area might travel to the brain. That is why it is important not to squeeze these, especially when they are red and hard. ...Read more

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Large single pimple like marking on the inside of nostril. Popped up randomly all of the sudden. Weird?

Nose pimple: This may be a true "pimple", possibly caused by an ingrown nasal hair. It may also be a cold sore. Warm soaks may help. Avoid the temptation to pick. If it doesn't resolve in a few days, consider herpes treatment. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more


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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more