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Red Bumps on the Side of the Nose Next to the Eye

author image Emma Cale
Emma Cale has been writing professionally since 2000. Her work has appeared in “NOW Magazine,” “HOUR Magazine” and the “Globe and Mail.” Cale holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Windsor and advanced writing certificates from the Canadian Film Centre and the National Theatre School of Canada.
Red Bumps on the Side of the Nose Next to the Eye
Red bumps beside the eye need to be looked at by a doctor Photo Credit Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images

Skin irritation occurs often, and in many cases, the cause is not immediately apparent. Outbreaks on the skin may relate to allergic reactions to certain foods, animals, metals, cosmetics or plants. They may also indicate chronic skin inflammations that require medical treatment. If red bumps appear on the side of the nose next to the eye, seek medical advice. Any inflammation in the vicinity of the eye requires swift attention.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis represents a common form of eczema, according to SkinCarePhysicians.com. This condition develops within a few hours after an allergen comes in direct contact with the skin. Characteristics of allergic contact dermatitis include red, itchy, swollen, bumpy skin. In cases of severe reaction blisters may develop. If red bumps appear on the side of the nose next to the eye, it could indicate an allergic reaction to any number of substances: shampoo, eye makeup, sunscreen, contact lens solution, or even the metal from glass frames.


According to Skinsight.com, 14 million Americans have rosacea. This common and chronic skin inflammation mostly targets fair-skinned women, although men and dark-skinned individuals also get rosacea. No one knows what causes rosacea, and as of 2010, no cure exists. Red bumps around the nose and eyes may signify papulopustular rosacea, typified by pus-filled lesions or red acne-like bumps, or rhinophyma, which is more common in men and leads to enlargement of oil glands around the nose and skin thickening.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, seborrheic dermatitis causes a red, itchy, scaly rash that usually develops on the scalp, the sides of the nose, the eyebrows, the chin and the chest. Often those afflicted have oily skin or hair, or they may have psoriasis or acne. As of 2010, seborrheic dermatitis remains incurable. Treatment typically involves medicated shampoos and topical corticosteroids.


Some skin rashes can result from a contagious infection. Tinea faciale, also known as facial ringworm, is a benign fungal infection of the facial skin. Tinea faciale may be passed to humans by direct contact with infected animals, particularly puppies and kittens, contaminated objects such as locker room floors or towels, or soil. Facial ringworm can also be passed from an infected person, according to Skinsight.com.


If eye symptoms such as gritty or burning sensations and redness on the eyelids accompany the red bumps on the side of the nose, this may mean ocular rosacea. Symptoms to watch out for include dry, irritated eyes, inflamed eyelids, visible blood vessels along the edges of the eyelids, cysts, tearing, light sensitivity and blurry vision. If signs or symptoms of ocular rosacea occur, it is important to see your doctor immediately. Ocular rosacea can impair eyesight if left untreated.

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