What Causes Sores In The Nose

What Are The Causes of Sores In the Nose?

It is quite common to hear people ask; Why do I get sores in my nose? or why do I have sore in my nose for weeks?  The presence of sores in nose can be very uncomfortable and annoying, it is caused by a variety of factors, some related to microorganisms and others related to inanimate things. These factors  can include:


Allergic Reaction  –  allergy is a condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance. Being exposed to things that you are allergic to can damage the sensitive skin inside your nose. Sensitivity to certain chemicals, aerosols, or even nasal sprays can cause nasal sores.


Snorting Drugs- Inhalation or snorting drugs frequently through the nostrils can irritate the sensitive skin around the nasal cavity; this irritation causes strain on the nasal cavity resulting in inflammation of air cavities in the nose which eventually leads to nasal sores.



Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect different parts of the body. Lupus patients often suffer from skin bruises, bumps, hair loss, and even sores in the mouth. Though rare, some patients have also reported having sores in their noses.


Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. Infections are categorized based on the part of the body infected. Herpes is another condition that can cause sore in the nose. Pathogens from this viral infection can enter your nose through the air you inhaled. Once you notice a cluster of red bumps then that is it.


Impetigo is a common, highly contagious bacterial skin infection. It mostly affects young children and infants. But people of any age can get it from contact with someone who is infected. Most impetigo is caused by the bacteria known as Staphylococcus aureus. It is characterized by sores all over the face and mouth. If the condition is severe, the sores can reach the inside of the nose. They can later metamorphose into blisters packed with nasty and sticky fluid within them.


Dried Up Nose 

The most common cause of dry nose is blowing your nose too often, smoking tobacco/ marijuana, Sjogren’s syndrome, nutritional deficiencies, and chronic atrophy. Nasal dryness can cause nasal sores due to dry air triggered by hot weather or cold weather which causes the skin around the nasal cavity to crack and when that happens, it can cause both sores and bleeding.


Persistent and Unnecessary Activity in the Nasal Cavity

Some people find it very difficult to keep their hands out of their nasal cavities, for this group of persons, sores in the nose is quite common. Picking your nose so much can cause damages to the sensitive inner nose skin which might result in sores. In addition, activities like trimming or pulling of nasal hair can also cause sores in the nose because injury to the nasal cavity can cause an infection leading to the development of sores.


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