Nose Pain on Bridge | Causes, Treatment

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Nose Pain on Bridge Overview

Nose pain on bridge can occur due to several causes. There can be Trauma, Sinus infection, Farunculosis, etc.

Some can be cured by home remedies and some need medical attention.

Let’s dive deep into it.


Bridge of nose

A saddle-shaped area that includes the nasal root and the lateral aspects of the nose. It lies between the glabella and the lower boundary of the nasal bone and extends laterally to the inner canthi.

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Causes of Nose pain on bridge


Nasal trauma is an injury to the nose or the areas nearby and supports the nose. Both internal or external injuries can cause nasal trauma. The position of our nose makes our nasal bones, cartilage, and other soft tissue particularly more prone to external injuries.

The most common types of nasal trauma are;

  • nosebleeds
  • fractures
  • chemical irritation, corrosion, or injuries to the interior of your nose
  • obstruction or blockage by a foreign object.

Our nose has many blood vessels positioned very close to the surface. As a result, nasal trauma most often results in nosebleeds. Other symptoms can also arise. Treatment will depend on the specific condition, sign, and symptoms.

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Symptoms of nasal trauma;

  • Pain inside and around your nose
  • Nosebleed
  • Sometimes clear fluid coming out from the nose
  • Bruising around eyes
  • Swelling around the nose area
  • Trouble in breathing (difficulty in breathing)
  • Deformity in the shape of the nose
  • Sometimes loss of smell

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Causes of nasal trauma;

External causes include;
  • fall injury
  • sports injuries
  • vehicle accident
  • fighting or physical assault
Internal causes include;
  •      Infection from piercing
  •      Irritation resulting from inhaling the certain substance
  •      Sniffing drugs
  •      Screeching inside of the nose
  •      A foreign object stuck in the nose

Diagnosis of Nasal Trauma

Diagnosis of nasal trauma isn’t really a hard job. Experienced doctors can diagnose it just by visible signs and symptoms. Doctors examine the nose properly and sometimes they prefer to use an x-ray or CT scan in some cases.

We’ll discuss the treatment at the last part of the pain in the nose bridge discussion.


sinusitis is inflammation or swelling in the sinuses. We have few sinuses in our face. Behind the nose, around the eyes, and underneath the cheeks. Healthy sinuses are filled with air, but when they become blocked and filled with fluids, the germ can grow there and cause an infection.

Nose pain on bridge
The man holds his nose and sinus area with fingers in obvious pain from a head ache in the front forehead area. Sinus pain

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Types of Sinusitis

Mainly sinusitis are 2 types

  • Acute: It starts with cold-like symptoms, such as; runny nose, headache, etc. with or without treatment it automatically gets cured within 2-4 weeks.
  • Chronic: Chronic sinusitis lasts 4-12 weeks usually.

Causes of sinusitis

  •    Blockage in the drainage duct
  •    Congenital error in the nose
  •    Nasal polyps
  •    Living or working in a dusty area
  •    Smoking

If any child is suffering from sinusitis, that possibly due to;

  •      Allergies
  •      Got it from another child in daycare or school
  •      Drinking while lying on bed or floor
  •      Dust and smoke in the environment

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Sinusitis marked in x-ray

Symptoms of sinusitis

  •      Facial pain (behind the nose bridge) and headache
  •      Stuffed up nose
  •      Runny nose
  •      Cannot differentiate the smells
  •      Coughing
  •      Fever
  •      Bad smelling breath
  •      Sometimes dental pain

We’ll discuss the treatment at the last part of the pain in the nose bridge discussion.

Nasal furunculosis

The hair-bearing nasal vestibule can be infected by bacteria, mostly by the bacteria named S aureus. And this condition is called Nasal furunculosis. It can occur as a primary infection or it can also occur secondary to chronic rhinorrhea, upper respiratory infections, and nose picking. Patients usually present with painful swelling in the vestibule of the nose. The skin over the nose becomes tense, red, and sometimes itchy, and a boil may be visible in the nostril. If not treated properly, the patient can develop several complications like facial cellulitis and cavernous sinus thrombosis, which is characterized by fever, headache, chemosis, proptosis.


It is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs of the body, mostly the lungs. Sometimes it also affects the upper respiratory tracts.

It has multiple symptoms along with nose pain on bridge;

  •      Tender reddish bumps on the skin.
  •      Teary and red eye
  •      Swollen and painful joints
  •      Hoarse voice
  •      Bleeding from nose
  •      Loss of smell

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Nasal septum perforation

There are two cavities in our nose separated by a septum. Which is made of bone and cartilage. It helps with airflow through the nasal passage. This septum can become damaged in many ways and lead to complications. There is a type of injury that creates a hole in the septum, known as septum perforation. It can be mild or severe depending on the size of the hole into the septum.

 Causes of Nasal septum perforation

  •      History of surgery on the nose
  •      Trauma or fracture in the nose
  •      Using Intranasal spray for a longer period
  •      Using drugs
  •      Certain chemotherapy
  •      Infections

Symptoms of Nasal Septum Perforation

It has many symptoms along with nose pain on bridge; those are following:

  • wheezing through the nose
  • crusting of the nose
  • scabbing in the nose
  • feeling like an obstruction in the nose
  • nosebleeds
  • runny nose
  • severe nose pain
  • headache


Don’t panic. Some types of cancer occur in the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. This causes pain all over the nose along with on the nose. Some other symptoms of cancers are given below.

  • Bulging eye
  • Facial muscle numbness
  • headache
  • loss of smell
  • nasal congestion
  • nosebleeds
  • pus or clear fluid that drains from the nose
  • vision changes
  • Watery eyes

even if those symptoms match with you don’t get panicked. All of the nasal diseases and conditions have almost the same signs and symptoms. Only experts can differentiate and diagnose it. so consult with a doctor and follow the instructions provided by him/her.

Some Home Remedies for Nose Pain on Bridge

There are some home remedies people using for years to get some relief from nose pain. You can try them too. If those remedies don’t work, then I will highly recommend you to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Apply ice covered with a towel or cloth for 10 minutes on your nose.
  • Keep your head elevated and straight, that would help you to get relief from the fluid stuck in the nose.
  • In any bleeding condition, including nose bleeds; avoid aspirin.
  • Avoid fighting and sports that have a risk for nose while having an injury.
  • If pain is unbearable then you may get some over-the-counter pain reliever. Here is some name for them acetaminophen, paracetamol.

In sinusitis you can use water vapor to get some relief.

Treatment of Nose Pain on Bridge

So, here I am discussing some treatment procedures that would help you to know how much it would cost and how it is.

  • Pain in the bridge of the nose can be cured only by getting rid of the cause underlying it.
  • Some doctors prescribe antibiotics and painkillers.
  • For trauma and broken nose, you may need specific surgery.
  • Those who have polyps and that is the underlying cause may need surgery to remove this.
  • Some doctors prescribe certain anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation. As they are not good to use for a long time, you may need to undergo another treatment procedure soon.

So, consult a good doctor. Because the doctor knows the best. Never try to use medication without consulting a doctor. Feel free to use home remedies.

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Last Updated on February 23, 2022 by Learn From Doctor Team

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