Why Does the Inside of My Nose Hurt?

Our noses have an important job. They help filter the air we breathe. It only makes sense that once in a while something we breathe will irritate the tissue inside the nose. Certainly when we get sick, our noses can become infected, sniffly, or even completely congested.

Your nose often shows the first signs that you're getting sick: sneezing, tickling, dripping, or congestion. When this happens, we need to listen and treat the symptoms of a cold: plenty of rest, water, and warm foods.

There are many other issues you may experience with your nose. Most of them can be fixed fairly easily, once you find the underlying cause.

Causes of Pain In the Nose

There are many reasons noses can hurt. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Dehydration.
  • Being in cold or dry air for too long. Heaters in winter can dry out the nose fairly quickly.
  • A pimple. Often nose pimples don’t have a head, so they appear simply as a lump that is sore to the touch.
  • An accidental scratch from picking or blowing your nose.
  • Blowing your nose repeatedly.

How Can I Stop the Pain in My Nose?

Drink Plenty of Water

The inside of our noses is made up of delicate membranes that are constantly exposed to air. In order to stay healthy, this skin needs moisture. When we become dehydrated, these membranes will tighten and become sore.

  • Drink eight ounces (that's eight cups!) of water everyday to keep your skin, including the membranes inside your nose, healthy!

Keep Your Nostrils Moist

You may have dry nose membranes on the inside, but if it's the outside of your nostrils that hurt, you may be breathing very dry air and/or frequently blowing your nose.

  • Dab around the outside of your nostrils with a wet washcloth. This will clean the area, to help avoid infection, and restore needed moisture to your skin.

Try a Warm Compress

If you have a sore pimple inside or on the outside of your nose, warmth will help draw out the infection and clear up the pimple.

  • Hold a warm, wet washcloth against the sort area. This should be soothing and will help reduce the infection inside the pimple. Avoid picking at or scratching the area.

Try Steam or a Humidifier

Steam from a humidifier, or boiling water in a kettle or bowl, can work wonders to restore moisture inside a very dry or congested nose.

  • Sit close to the steam but be careful not to breath it in too deeply. It can burn sensitive membranes! If desired, place a towel around your head to create a tent. This will capture more of the steam, especially if you are using a bowl of boiling water.

Answer Our Poll!

What helped you when your nose hurt?

  • I used a moisturizing cream from the drug store.
  • My nose still hurts. Nothing helps!
  • I used a warm washcloth and it helped with a pimple inside my nose.
  • I put a humidifier in my room at night and my nose was a lot less sore in the morning.
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Aggravated Nose Pain

If you have been sick and are blowing your nose regularly and vigorously, make sure you’re using soft tissues, preferably with aloe vera or another moisturizing ingredient. See your chemist about a moisturizing cream to apply in or around your nose to help heal sore or aggravated skin.

Share Your Story With Others! 5 comments

vae 15 months ago

My left nose is hurting when my head are bow. What should i do? It also hurts when i go to sleep

Alc 15 months ago

try coconut oil

deez nuts 17 months ago

My left nostril hurts (:)

alexis 19 months ago

i tried water and it did not help it made it burn

chloe beyer 20 months ago

My nose hurts and non of these things helped. They only made it hurt worse

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