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Nasal Vestibulitis: Everything You Need to Know

Last updated on : 31 May, 2024

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What about Nasal vestibulitis?

Nasal vestibulitis is the inflammation in the entrance of your nostrils. It occurs due to infection or nasal hair plucking in most of the cases. It might also occur due to nose piercings or when an object stuck in your nose. It can affect both nostrils and may be short-term or long-lasting. If the condition is mild, the opening of your nose might be red, swollen, and leak fluid. In severe cases, the symptoms continue, and the skin can become hard and crusty, causing itching.

Nasal Vestibulitis Symptoms: 

The signs of nasal vestibulitis differ depending on the type and impact of the infection. Typical signs of nasal vestibulitis include:

  • Irritation and pain in the nose or nostril that is impacted.
  • The skin on the nose is red.
  • There is a lump, a boil, or a pimple at the nose’s opening.
  • A lump, a boil, or a pimple on the outside of the nose.
  • Having trouble breathing through the affected nostril.
  • It’s hard to blow your nose.
  • As the infection gets worse and spreads, the skin gets warmer, redder, and puffier
  • Pain might affect sleep.
  • If there are other problems, like facial cellulitis, may also have swelling over the nose, on the side of the face where the problem is, and under the eyes.

Because of the symptoms, you might not be able to sleep or blow your nose. If an infection starts to spread, you may have pain, redness, and swelling on your cheeks and around your eyes. If the infection gets into the sinus cavity, it could spread up to the brain and can create serious complications.

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Nasal Vestibulitis Causes:

In most cases, a bacterial infection of the nasal cavity’s tissue is to blame for the symptoms of “nasal vestibulitis.” Multiple factors can lead to irritation of the nasal membranes, which can lead to chronic inflammation and eventual membrane breakdown. The causes of nasal vestibulitis are:

The causes of nasal vestibulitis are:

  • Infection
  • Allergens
  • Bodily Illnesses
  • Itchy picking of the nose
  • Nasal hair plucking
  • Frequently rubbing the nose
  • Getting a nose piercing
  • Other Factors

1. Infection

Nasal vestibulitis is caused by an infection, whether it’s caused by bacteria or a virus. In addition to the symptoms, an infection can make the nasal passages narrow, making it hard to breathe through your nose. The most common cause of infection is by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and the virus could be Herpes simplex or herpes zoster.

2. Allergens

Your body can also react to allergens like dust and pollen or chemicals and toxins in the environment, which can irritate and inflame your nasal cavity. People having lower immunity tend to catch it sooner.

3. Bodily Illnesses

The mucus in our noses helps flush our system of harmful substances. This could be because of a food ingredient that our body doesn’t like or because of a disease.

4. Itchy picking of the nose

When you are picking the nose then you can scrape the skin and cause small cuts that bacteria can get into. When picking a nose, bacteria from other places, like your mouth or hands, can get into your nose.

5. Nasal hair plucking

When you pick nose hair, you can irritate the skin and make small tears, which makes you more likely to get an infection.

6. Frequently rubbing the nose

This could make the nose red and swell up. When you blow your nose, bacteria will move from one part of your nose to another.

7. Getting a nose piercing

Nose piercings can leave you open to getting sick. The infection is treated by the body like an open wound until it heals so that bacteria can move into the wound.

8. Other Factors

Nasal vestibulitis can also be caused by picking your nostrils often, having a chronic runny nose, folliculitis, or getting a virus in your upper respiratory tract.

Nasal Vestibulitis Treatment

If you consult a doctor, she/he will recommend antibiotics, which can stop an infection from spreading and make it less likely that it will come back. Here are the antibiotics that your doctor might prescribed:
Topical creams: Creams containing bacitracin and mupirocin can help resolve nasal infection. Apply these creams to the affected area twice daily with a cotton swab for a total of two weeks.
Oral antibiotics: If a doctor diagnoses a serious infection, they may prescribe an oral antibiotic like cephalexin, clindamycin and doxycycline.
Intravenous antibiotics: Those with severe nasal vestibulitis, or cases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, may require intravenous antibiotics. A healthcare professional administers these medications through an IV in your arm. Common IV antibiotics for nasal vestibulitis include vancomycin, clindamycin, and daptomycin.
A direct outgrowth is a painful infected boil that can appear on people’s skin. In such cases, a doctor may advise having the direct outgrowth surgically removed and cleaned to eliminate any chance of the infection spreading. Don’t try to pop, pick the scabs or sores at home, because it could get an infection.

What are the risk factors for nasal vestibulitis?

You’re more likely to develop nasal vestibulitis if you have:

  1. Autoimmune diseases: Your immune system attacking your own tissues can increase the risk of inflammation in the nasal vestibule.
  2. Diabetes: If you have diabetes, the high blood sugar levels can weaken your immune system, making you more prone to infections, including nasal vestibulitis.
  3. Cancer: This condition is common among people undergoing cancer treatment, likely due to the weakened immune response from treatments like chemotherapy.

Nasal Vestibulitis Home treatments

For mild cases of nasal vestibulitis, a warm compress applied multiple times is usually the first line of treatment. Warm compresses are the best home treatment for early-stage nasal vestibular dysfunction. Rose geranium oil treats nasal vestibulitis. It may improve recovery.

Make sure to clean your hands thoroughly after handling the oil. The bacteria on one’s hands can transfer to the environment.

There are various techniques to prevent the transmission of the virus or its spreading. Here are some recommendations are included:

  • Don’t pluck nose hairs.
  • No nose-picking!
  • Before blowing your nose, wash your hands.
  • Don’t blow your nose more than is necessary.
  • Consult a doctor for nose dryness.
  • If you have any other health problems, like diabetes, get the right treatment.


If the nasal vestibulitis does not improve on its own, a physician may recommend a cream to treat the condition.

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