Lump on Nose - Risky or Harmless?

A lump on nose is called a nasal polyp. These lumps vary in size from really small to about a few centimeters in diameter. Bumps on nose are very common in those with asthma, allergies or chronic sinus infections. They mostly grow on or close to the ethmoid sinuses, near the tip of the nose, and then they develop into the nasal passages.

Question 1:

I have an odd looking bump on nose that could be called a pimple in its early stages, only it's been there for more than a year now. It looks weird though it does not hurt, but it won't go away either. What could it beLI: Just a pimple or something elseLI: What can I do about itLI:

Question 2:

A small lump appeared on the tip of my nose. I messed with it and it got infected; I should have known that, now I look like Rudolph, my nose is really red. The first bump scabbed up then was gone, but another came up right at the same spot! What is itLI: Why did it come backLI:

Question 3:

I have lumps on my nose; it started as one small bump but in time it grew and now there are new bumps growing too. I have them on my nasal passage now. Why do they appearLI: What could be wrong with meLI: Are they signs of a serious health conditionLI: Can I have them removedLI:


Bumps on nose are quite common and they are harmless unless you pick on them. Then, yes, they do get infected. The best thing to do is to just leave them alone, since they do not hurt anyway. But if you are not comfortable with them, there are treatments available to get rid of them. It's better to consult your doctor than trying to get rid of them yourself.

The most common bumps on nose are called nasal polyps and they are not dangerous, not cancerous, if that's what's worrying you. Just do not try to do anything with them, mess with them or something, and they will be just fine.

Causes of Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps appear when the mucus membrane within the nose becomes chronically inflammed. Chronic inflammation is any form of inflammation that persists or keeps coming back for a period of 12 weeks or longer. It is not known, though, why chronic inflammation is responsible for the development of nasal polyps.


In addition to a physical lump on nose, nasal polyps can cause other symptoms that may include runny nose, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, reduced sense of smell, decreased sense of taste, headache, snoring and itchiness around the eyes. A large bump on nose can obstruct breathing and may force the patient to breathe out of their mouth.


Most bumps on nose do not need treatment, but treatment may be necessary for larger or infected polyps. The only way to totally cure a nasal polyp is to surgically remove the lump from inside the nose. Certain medications can relieve the specific symptoms of nasal polyps, but they do not treat the condition. The procedure to surgically remove the nasal polyp is known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery.

Nasal polyps or bumps on nose can also now be removed with the use of advanced laser technology.

Only your doctor can determine if any of these treatments are suitable for your particular medical condition. Make sure you discuss all possible treatment alternatives with your doctor before making any decision. It is important that you know how each procedure will be performed.

Causes of Lump on Nose:

The following medical disorders are some of the common causes of bump on nose:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Sqaumous cell carcinoma
  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Seborrheic keratosis
  • Acne
  • Cyst
  • Rhinophyma
  • Rhinoscleroma
  • Sunspot
  • Adenoma sebaceum
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Herpes simplex
  • Herpes zoster
  • Impetigo
  • Rosacea
  • Nose injury