August 30, 2023

Nasal Vestibulitis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention

Nasal vestibulitis

Nasal vestibulitis is a common nasal infection that can develop in the healthiest of people. A majority of the time, nasal vestibulitis is easily treatable and isn’t a call for any serious concern. However, in rare severe cases, the infection can spread to the brain which results in life-altering debilitating conditions. Below, we detail causes, symptoms, treatments, and methods to ultimately prevent nasal vestibulitis.

Cause of Nasal Vestibulitis

There are countless differing bacteria that live in our nasal vestibules, which is located just inside our nostrils. Our nasal vestibules are lined with skin that consist of numerous thick hairs. These hairs protect our lungs from inhaling particles, which also explains how bacteria can collect and accumulate. While most bacteria are generally harmless, the Staphylococcus bacteria is notable for causing nasal vestibulitis. Research shows that Staphylococcus bacteria is present in 20% of people and is not seen to cause infections on healthy skin. The infection usually develops as a result from a minor injury to your nasal vestibule, which can include:

  • Picking your nose
  • Frequently blowing your nose
  • Plucking nasal hairs
  • Nose piercings
  • Nose injuries
  • Nasal sprays

Symptoms of Nasal Vestibulitis

Those with nasal vestibulitis may notice multiple growths, similar to pimples, inside your nostrils. As tempting as it may be, don’t pick at these growths! Popping or picking at nasal vestibulitis may cause the infection to dramatically worsen. Along with these growth, other symptoms may include:

  • Dryness or crusting inside the nose
  • Redness
  • Pain inside or outside the nose
  • Nose bleeds or other discharges
  • Swelling
  • Itching

In severe rare cases, the infection may spread to other areas of your body, which can lead to headaches, blurred vision, or a fever.

Treating Nasal Vestibulitis

Treatments for nasal vestibulitis largely focuses on fighting the bacterial infection. Most cases are treated with topical antibiotic cream, called mupirocin, that’s applied in the nasal vestibules for 1-2 weeks. A 2015 study showed that 95% of nasal vestibulitis cases were treated after 2 weeks of applying topical mupirocin. While recovering, cease from touching your nose and periodically apply a warm compress to the infected area. It’s important to see you doctor if you believe you have nasal vestibulitis so that it can be treated before it potentially spreads. If the infection has spread to other parts of your body, oral antibiotics may be used to fight this more widespread infection.

Preventing Nasal Vestibulitis

However, the absolute best way to treat nasal vestibulitis is by preventing to catch it in the first place. Fortunately, O2 Nose Filters have been proven in controlled studies to help protect wearers from inhaling harmful airborne particles such as bacteria (including Staphylococcus bacteria), viruses, dust, exhaust fumes, and other pollutants. Independent laboratory tests demonstrate that 3M’s Advanced Electret Media in O2 Nose Filters block 90% of particulates at PM10 and 65% of particulates at PM2.5. Additionally, Ow Nose Filters are comfortable to wear due to their latex-free design and medical-grade Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) materials.

3M’s patented AEM (Advanced Electret Media) filter technology relies on the principles of electrostatic attraction. The high capture ratios and extended breathability attributed to 3M’s AEM™ material allows airborne particles to be captured within the filter. Rather than using a ‘screen’ approach to block the passage of particles, the charged fibers act as ‘magnets’ to retain particles while still allowing air to pass through, making O2 Nose Filters both breathable and effective.

O2 Nose Filters provides inexpensive and effective security to protect people from harmful airborne diseases. While our nasal passageways try their best when it comes to filtering harmful particulate matter, they aren’t perfect. That’s why O2 Nose Filters are such an effective solution when it comes to improving our mental and physical health. Nose filters are a discreet, effective option to protect against airborne viruses and bacteria. The O2 Nose Filter uses 3M’s patented AEM™ electrostatic technology to capture allergens, viruses, and other particulates, making them a valuable tool for anyone who wants to drastically limit the pollutants and pollens they breathe in daily.


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