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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Painful swelling inside nostril



Over the last two days my nostril has been very sore to slight pressure from the outside. This morning I reached up inside with my thumb and felt a painful, swollen area about where the bridge meets the nostril flare. The swelling is also slightly visible on the outside. The bridge seems fine on one side of the nose, but a little puffy on the side that has the swollen internal area.

What can I apply to calm it and get rid of the swelling?

Thank you.


Most likely this is a staph skin infection.  Topical antibiotics such as polysporin may help.  If not, see a doctor. You may need a prescription for antibiotics by mouth or prescription topical such as bacitracin.

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Response by:

David  L Steward, MD David L Steward, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati