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What are Nose Blisters?

Nicole Madison
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Nose blisters are sores that form on the inside or outside of a person’s nose. These blisters can form for a variety of reasons. In some cases, for example, they form because of some type of injury to the nose. More often, however, they form because of a bacteria infection or even as the result of a virus. A bacteria called impetigo is a common cause of nose blisters; viruses such as herpes can cause them as well.

Often, nose blisters develop around a person’s nostrils or inside of his nose. Many people develop them just inside the rim of their noses. These blisters are often filled with fluid and are frequently painful or tender to the touch. In some cases, the fluid that is inside of a nose blister begins to seep out. When this occurs, the blister and the surrounding area may develop crusting.

A person also may develop a nose blister because of some type of irritation or injury to the nose. Sometimes, for example, a nasal spray may irritate the inside of the nose and cause a nose blister. In most cases, however, these blisters develop because of a virus or bacterium.

One of the most common types of nose blister is a fever blister. These blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus and often are reoccurring. A person may develop an initial nose blister after the herpes virus enters his body and then be free of blisters for a very long time, as the virus can lie dormant in a person’s body. When the herpes virus is reactivated, a person may get more nose blisters or even develop fever blisters on the mouth.

Bacterial infections may cause nose blisters as well. One common bacteria that causes blisters is called impetigo. Staph bacteria are responsible for the development of impetigo and cause infection of the nasal hair follicles. The infection often causes reddened bumps to appear inside the nose, but the bumps eventually develop into fluid- or puss-filled blisters. Over time, the blisters may burst and crust may form over the area that has been infected.

The treatment for nose blisters may depend on their cause as well as their severity. If a person develops a mild case of fever blisters in or on the nose, he may try to reduce pain at home by using cold compresses. If the cause is bacterial or the case is severe, a person may need an antibiotic or an antiviral medication instead. It is usually important to determine the cause of a nose blister before trying to treat one at home, as bacterial nose blisters have the potential to spread bacteria to other parts of the body or even infect other people.

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Nicole Madison
By Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison's love for learning inspires her work as a The Health Board writer, where she focuses on topics like homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. Her passion for knowledge is evident in the well-researched and informative articles she authors. As a mother of four, Nicole balances work with quality family time activities such as reading, camping, and beach trips.
Discussion Comments
By anon359131 — On Dec 15, 2013

I am sick. I've been sick for a few days. I have the flu. My nose has been dry and raw, along with my throat. I've been coughing nonstop. I have sharp pains in my chest and now I have these awfully painful blisters inside both of my nostrils up into the nose cavity. It hurts really bad. Does anyone know any solutions or nasal treatments I can use to ease the pain?

By browncoat — On Sep 28, 2013

I had no idea that you could get herpes virus on your nose as well as your lips. I've heard that you can get it in your throat as well, so I guess it likes that kind of delicate skin. I really wish that they would figure out a way to kill viruses already. It seems ridiculous that we are so far advanced medically in other ways, but we can't deal with a simple cold sore virus.

By KoiwiGal — On Sep 28, 2013

@indigomoth - That's too bad for your mother. I know how annoying it is when the allergy season comes around and there's no way to stop your nose from running.

I always get a rash on my face as well, especially around my nose, probably because I use tissues every five minutes. Unfortunately, I have sensitive skin so I'll get blisters in my nose as well.

I find that using nappy rash cream is the best thing to treat any kind of rash or blisters. Anything made for adults tends to be a bit too harsh, but nappy rash cream soothes it right away and stops it from getting infected.

By indigomoth — On Sep 28, 2013

I don't think enough people realize that nasal spays can actually be fairly dangerous if they are used too much. My mother started using one when she had hay fever and it got to the point where, if she stopped using the spray, her nose immediately got completely stuffed up.

Then she got some of those little blisters around her nose and it was getting really painful, so she went to the doctor and he essentially said she should never use the spray again.

It took a while before her nose settled down, but eventually it went back to normal.

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