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What is Nose Skin Disease?

Some nasal dermatoses may heal with time, but if the condition does not go away within a week, you should contact your veterinarian to find out what is the cause of the problem and if any special medication or treatment is necessary.

There are many types of skin diseases that may develop on the nose of a cat. Called nasal dermatoses, it may be a fungal or bacterial infection, cat acne, a bite wound or other condition that causes lesions.

Symptoms of Nose Skin Disease in Cats

The symptoms may vary according to the origin of the skin disease, but usually consist of:

  • Ulcers with crusts and/or pus
  • Redness 
  • Loss of pigment
  • Loss of hair
  • Nodules that drain pus

Causes of Nose Skin Disease in Cats

Some of the most common nose skin diseases in cats are:

  • Abscesses, which are the accumulation of pus in fluid-filled nodules may be caused by an infection due to a bite or wound. There may be a crusty area on the ulcer, and the cat may have loss of appetite, fever and depression. The nodules may open and drain.
  • Aspergillosis, which is a fungal infection that usually enters the cat's body through the nose. It may cause ulcers on the nose that drain as well as drainage from the nostrils.
  • Bee or wasp stings that may vary dramatically in severity. Immediately after the bite, you may see redness, swelling, and possibly itching. Draining ulcers may develop, and depending on the cat’s reaction, there may be hives or anaphylaxis. 
  • Sunburn is also called solar dermatosis and is common in cats that have white ears. There may be scales on the nose, and crusts and ulcers can develop later. There is often redness and hair loss. 
  • Cryptococcosis is a fungal infection that is usually transmitted through bird droppings. Cats with suppressed immune systems may be more susceptible. The nose may develop ulcers and other parts of the body may be affected. 

Diagnosis of Nose Skin Disease in Cats

In order to correctly diagnose nose skin disease in cats, your veterinarian will ask questions about the medical history of the cat, including changes in your cat’s lifestyle, when the symptoms started and if you remember anything that may cause lesions such as sunburn or insect bite. The vet may take samples of skin from the nose to culture for fungi and bacteria testing or to do a biopsy. Diagnostic tests may be recommended to rule out some of the possible causes of skin disease, because some symptoms are seen in several different skin diseases. Other diagnostic tests may include examining hair and skin under a microscope, analysis of scabs, and blood tests for allergies. The doctor may also monitor how your cat responds to a trial of dietary modification or medical therapy.

Treatment of Nose Skin Disease in Cats

Once the veterinarian determines the cause of the skin disease, he or she can prescribe a treatment. In some cases, a combination of treatments may be recommended to relieve symptoms and discomfort. Some of the possible treatments are:


Surgery may be required to open and drain the abscesses and flush out the pus. If there is infection, the appropriate antibiotic will be prescribed.


The veterinarian may want to surgically remove lesions before prescribing antifungal medication. There are several different antifungal medications that may be used.

Bee or Wasp Sting 

Antihistamines and/or steroids will be prescribed, and if the lesions are ulcerated, a wet dressing may be applied. The doctor will also protect the area so that your cat cannot self-inflict trauma.


Your cat must avoid further exposure to direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 9am – 3pm during the summer. In some cases, sunblock and steroids may be prescribed. 


Since this is a fungal infection, antifungal medication is prescribed. Depending on the severity of the lesions, the doctor may want to remove them prior to administering fungal medication.

Recovery of Nose Skin Disease in Cats

Depending on the severity and cause of the nose skin disease, the predicted outcome of treatment is usually good. It may take a week or more for the medications to clear up the disease completely. It is recommended to take your cat back to the veterinarian after the nose heals to make sure all the symptoms are gone. 

There are some things you can do to help prevent skin diseases, starting with feeding a balanced diet and providing good grooming. Make sure your cat is not exposed to known allergens such as certain foods, pillows, and plastics. Your doctor can help with this after diagnosing the nose skin disease. If your cat has white ears, nose and eyelids, keep it out of the sun during the peak hours of summer. It is also recommended to have your cat neutered because this will help keep it out of fights that could result in an injury on the nose.

Nose Skin Disease Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

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My cat was scratched by another cat on the bridge of his nose. I was able to clean the wound an drain the access. Now his nose is still swelled and when I touch it he yells. He also sometimes sneezes blood and maybe pus after I touch it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats are prone to getting abscesses after being scratched by other cats, if there is pus oozing from the bridge of the nose and the nostril you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible as Ivan is going to need at a minimum antibiotics if not more extensive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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Sores on his nose

For the last 3 summers my black and white cat has developed sores from the bridge of his nose to the part of the nose where there is no fur. They also go slighltly to the sides of his nose. This only happens in summer and isn't anywhere else in his body.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Buzzer, I cannot comment on what might be going on with him, but if it seems to be a seasonal thing, he may be suffering from allergies, or an infection. it would be worth having him examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to look at him, determine what might be going on, and give him any necessary treatment.

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Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Hello my cat looks like the skin under her nose is gone and like it was bleeding before. She hasn't been eating as much as normal and had been hiding most of the day. Her nose was okay yesterday and this is something I just noticed. It also looks like right above on her nose theres al me crusty stuff.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for skin missing from around the nose which may include allergies, trauma (from rubbing the area), squamous cell carcinoma among other causes (infections etc…); you should ensure that the area is kept clean with a dilute antiseptic but I would recommend you have your Veterinarian take a look at it so that they can determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tabby, long furred
6-8 years
Moderate condition
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nose rash or bloodied and scabbed

my approx. 6-8 yr. old female long furred cat's external of her nose, during the summer and fall gets all red and bloodied from some unknown cause. a local vet thought maybe mosquitos were the cause, but id like to make sure to see how she can be cured.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If this occurs during summer and autumn (fall for the North Americans) it may be due to solar dermatitis where sensitivity to sunlight may cause ulceration of the skin around the nose; also allergies to mosquitoes and other insects may also be possible causes. Other causes may be infections, autoimmune disease among other causes; if in doubt visit a Specialist and have a biopsy sample sent for histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DV

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