Sores in the nose can cause a discomfort and pain. They can be scaly, crusty and can bleed when picked at. Nasal sores can be caused due to bacteria, virus or due to other reasons. Nasal impetigo and herpes simplex virus are the the most common reason behind sores in nose.
What Causes Sores in Nose?
Bacterial infection: Staphylococcus bacteria can invade the nose and result in dry, crusty lesions. Yellow crusting is seen. There can be discharge of oozing of the crusts. The staph bacteria can be hidden in the fingertips and can spread to the nose through the contact. Hence, during this treatment, distance should be maintained between the fingers and the nose. Treatment involves using topical antibiotic cream such as Bactroban or oral antibiotics are used.
Cuts: While trimming the nasal hair, a small cut inside the nose can lead to infection and sores. Treatment for cuts involves cleaning the nostril and using an antiseptic lotion or cream
Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the infection of the nasal hair follicles which is caused by staphylococcus bacteria. Oral antibiotics can be used to treat the infection
Herpes: Herpes simplex virus can result in sores in the nose along with break outs around the oral cavity. The herpes break out can be recognized by clusters of red bumps. Anti-viral medication which is used to treat oral herpes can be effective in treating this infection.
Allergies: Allergies to nasal sprays, fumes, jewelry or other objects can result in nasal sores. Stopping the usage of the allergic substance can help in reducing the nasal sores
Here are some of the reasons behind sores in the nose:
As sores in the nose can be cause due to various reasons. Do consult an ENT specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment of the sores.