Read below about nose redness, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your nose redness from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having nose redness

Take Quiz

A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Nose Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced nose redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nose redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific nose rash:
    nose redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.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.

    1-2 days

    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
  3. 3.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    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
  4. 4.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.

    Chronic and relapsing

    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
  5. 5.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.

    Depending on type of complication

    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

    Nose Redness Checker

    Take a quiz to find out why you’re having nose redness.

    Take Quiz
  6. 6.Foreign Body in the Nose

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

    A physician will remove the object.

    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
  7. 7.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.

    It takes 1-3 months to assess the damage, at which time, surgery might be needed.

    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
  8. 8.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.

    As long as you are able to get to a place to re-warm, the damage should be reversible.

    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
  9. 9.Wegener's Granulomatosis

    An inflammation of the blood vessels by the body's immune system is a rare, but possibly dangerous problem. The inflammation can happen anywhere, but often in the sinuses, lungs, and kidneys.

    Uncertain

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, joint pain, shortness of breath, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Relapsing Polychondritis

    Relapsing polychondritis is an episodic, inflammatory and destructive disorder involving primarily cartilage of the ear and nose. It can also potentially affect the eyes, tracheobronchial tree, heart valves, kidneys, joints, skin, and blood vessels.

    Episodes of inflammation can last a few days to several weeks that then subside spontaneously or with treatment. Attacks may recur at intervals varying from weeks to months.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, joint pain, congestion, runny nose, wheezing
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Nose Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Q.Do you take good care of your teeth?
  • Q.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, try our nose redness symptom checker to find out more.

Take Quiz

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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Over a Month
    • 35% Less Than a Week
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced nose redness were most often matched with:

    • 80% Cellulitis
    • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Nose
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having nose redness

Take Quiz