Nose Redness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your nose redness symptoms, including 10 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 10 Possible Nose Redness Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

10 Possible Nose Redness Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced nose redness. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Non-specific nose rash

A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: nose redness

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific nose rash: nose redness

Urgency: Wait and watch

Allergic contact dermatitis of the nose

Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: nose itch, nose redness, scabbed area of the nose

Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the nose: nose redness

Urgency: Self-treatment

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deep layers of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body but is most common on the feet, lower legs, and face.

The condition can develop if Staphylococcus bacteria enter broken skin through a cut, scrape, or existing skin infection such as impetigo or eczema.

Most susceptible are those with a weakened immune system, as from corticosteroids or chemotherapy, or with impaired circulation from diabetes or any vascular disease.

Symptoms arise somewhat gradually and include sore, reddened skin.

If not treated, the infection can become severe, form pus, and destroy the tissue around it. In rare cases, the infection can cause blood poisoning or meningitis.

Symptom of severe pain, fever, cold sweats, and fast heartbeat should be seen immediately by a medical provider.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

Treatment consists of antibiotics, keeping the wound clean, and sometimes surgery to remove any dead tissue. Cellulitis often recurs, so it is important to treat any underlying conditions and improve the immune system with rest and good nutrition.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain

Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis: facial redness, area of skin redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Acne rosacea

Rosacea is a long-term disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. It causes redness and pimples. Rosacea is most common in women and people with fair skin. It most often affects middle-aged and older adults.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: facial redness, rough skin on the face, pink or red facial bump, nose redness, raised rash

Symptoms that always occur with acne rosacea: facial redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Iatrogenic nose condition

Surgery of the nose or nose piercing can result in side effects ranging from infection, pain and swelling to numbness and decreased sense of smell.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: nose pain, bloody nose, bump in or on the nose, nose redness, swollen nose

Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit

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Foreign body in the nose

When an object becomes stuck in the nose, it can cause severe discomfort, but rarely results in dangerous complications.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: frequent sneezing, nose pain, bloody nose, object stuck in the nose, nose redness

Symptoms that always occur with foreign body in the nose: object stuck in the nose

Urgency: In-person visit

Mild frostbite of the nose

Frostbite is tissue damage caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports. It is also more likely in those who are intoxicated or have a mental disorder.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: nose pain, swollen nose, nose redness, numb nose, nose coldness

Symptoms that always occur with mild frostbite of the nose: nose coldness

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Frostnip of the nose

Frostnip is damage of the outermost layers of the skin caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: nose pain, nose redness, numb nose, nose coldness, turning blue or purple from coldness

Symptoms that always occur with frostnip of the nose: nose coldness

Urgency: In-person visit

Wegener's granulomatosis

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Relapsing polychondritis

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Nose Redness

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have a rash?
  • Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Do you take good care of your teeth?
  • Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to nickel (commonly found in jean snaps, metal pens, paper clips, cigarettes, etc.)?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Nose Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced nose redness have also experienced:

  • 15% Nose Pain
  • 11% Swollen Nose
  • 3% Nasal Ulcer

People who have experienced nose redness were most often matched with:

  • 80% Cellulitis
  • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Nose

People who have experienced nose redness had symptoms persist for:

  • 35% Over a month
  • 35% Less than a week
  • 21% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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