Redness around the crease of the nose may be caused by an allergy, chemical reaction from soap or makeup, infection, fungus, dry skin, dermatitis, injury, or irritation from frequently blowing your nose. The redness around your nose may be accompanied by pain, itching and swelling. You may notice that your skin is beginning to flake, too. You need to find out what is causing this condition and treat it. If you do not, you are risking serious infection or facial scarring. There are steps you can take to reduce redness around the crease of the nose.
See your doctor. He will examine your facial redness to determine what is causing it. Tell your doctor about any new products you may have used, if you have a cold, or if you recently sustained an injury to that area. Your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist for further evaluation.
Take an antibiotic. If the cause of your nose crease redness is from an infection, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Your antibiotics may either be in pill form, or as a cream or ointment. Finish the entire course of your antibiotics; if you do not, your infection may not go away.
Try hydrocortisone cream. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams are effective in reducing redness and inflammation. Ask your doctor if hydrocortisone cream is right for your condition because it may interact with the medications he already prescribed for you.
Ask about an anti-fungal cream. Your redness may be cause by a fungal infection. The fungus yeast is a common cause of skin redness and irritation around the creases of your nose. Anti-fungal cream will eliminate the fungus and relieve the redness.
Take an anti-inflammatory medication. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications will reduce your redness. Redness of the skin indicates an inflammatory process, and taking an anti-inflammatory will suppress your inflammation and reduce redness.
Be gentle on your skin. When you blow your nose, take care not to excessively rub the area. Do not use irritating paper towels or napkins. Use only soft tissues to blow your nose.
If you experience pain or bleeding around the crease of your nose, call your doctor. You may have a severe infection or skin condition that requires medical attention.