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Hi. I keep getting boils inside my nostrils. They're very painful and seem to happen randomly. I'm 33 so I had started to trim my nose hair and thought it might have something to do with that but I've recently just been plucking them and I've still been getting them. I've had a boil before so I know the signs, much worse than a acne spot and really swell with little sign of 'eruption' for quite a few days. They're very unsightly and always occur inside my nostrils nowhere else. Is this a bacteria I may have caught off someone else, because I never had them before the past year or so? I'll be honest and from time to time a rolled up note may have been shared between people, and I know a lot of bugs live in the nostril. I also do pick my nose, a terrible habit I know, but I always have and never had these before. I also know that a weak immune system can cause boils, but I get plenty of sleep and do lots of exercise. I don't get ill very often so I don't thnk it's this. What could it be?

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replied May 31st, 2017
Acne and Skin Disorders Answer A61287
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Its staph infection, putting some mupirocin ointment there and avoiding such pluckings in future will help. Consult an otolaryngologist for further management.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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