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Small Bumps on My Nose

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Rose Erickson has been a professional writer since 2010. She specializes in fitness, parenting, beauty, health, nutrition and saving money, and writes for several online publications including The Krazy Coupon Lady. She is also a novelist and a mother of three.
Small Bumps on My Nose
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Small bumps on the nose can develop on anyone’s skin. There are many skin conditions that can cause these bumps to occur - some that require the attention of a doctor. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes and treatments of small bumps on the nose area.


A variety of symptoms can accompany small bumps on the nose, including swelling, redness on the nose and other areas of the face, and inflammation. The bumps may be flesh colored, or a black or white plug may be visible at the tip. In addition, these bumps can develop deep inside the pores, resulting in pain and the formation of nodules beneath the surface of the skin.


According to the FamilyDoctor website, bumps on the nose can be caused by acne. This occurs when dirt and oil get trapped in the pores, resulting in sensitive bumps. Other skin conditions, such as rosacea and eczema, can also cause pimple-like bumps to develop on the nose, face and body. In addition, small bumps on the nose can be caused by a reaction to an allergen such as rubber or resin. Exposure to irritating substances like soap and chemicals can also contribute to small nose bumps.

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You can treat lumps on the nose caused by skin conditions such as acne and rosacea with topical medications containing benzoyl peroxide. A doctor can also provide prescription medications such as retinoids or oral antibiotics. The KidsHealth website notes that a cool shower or compress can help ease inflammation and pain. An antihistamine or an application of calamine lotion can also help soothe itchy, red bumps on the nose.


Certain things can trigger or make bumps on the nose worse. This includes picking at or attempting to pop the bumps, wearing make-up or skin care products that are oil-based, scrubbing or overwashing the skin, harsh soaps, stress and hormone fluctuations. Sun exposure, hot beverages and foods, extremely hot or cold temperatures, and alcohol can all trigger eczema-related small nose bumps.


In severe cases, red bumps on the nose can cause the oil glands on the face to enlarge. This condition, referred to as rhinophyma, can cause tissues on the nose to increase slowly over several years, giving it a bulbous appearance. This can be disfiguring and damaging to your self-esteem. When this condition occurs, the MedlinePlus website warns that a surgeon or doctor will need to reshape the nose with a scalpel, laser or dermabrasion procedure.

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