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Your Numb Nose May Also be Known as:
Around nose numbness
Around nose tingling
Can't feel head
Can't feel nose
Head numbness
Head tingling
Loss of sensation on head
Loss of sensation on nose
Nose area numbness
Nose area tingling

Numb Nose Symptoms

You've experienced an itch or tickle in your nose before, but this is different. True numbness of the nose can be an unsettling experience, whether it comes on suddenly or over time. Some may notice obvious triggers, such as cold weather, while for others, the cause may not be so clear.

Regardless of where your nose numbness fits, it may be accompanied by the following nose numbness symptoms:

Numb Nose Causes Overview

Nerves transmit sensations like temperature and pain from organs like your skin or nose back to the brain. Many problems with sensation in the body are related to nerve injury. The main nerve that supplies sensation to the nose is the trigeminal nerve. It is large and has many branches that reach the entire face, so numbness may be limited to the nose or may spread to other areas depending on which branches are affected. In other cases, numbness may be related to problems with blood circulation or other underlying medical conditions.

Nerve-related causes:

  • Infection: Viruses that cause mild symptoms at first may lead to nerve inflammation and numbness, even as the infection resolves.
  • Autoimmune: In certain conditions like multiple sclerosis, the body attacks its own nerves.
  • Compression: A tumor or other mass can press on nerve branches and lead to nose numbness or tingling.
  • Injury: Trauma to the affected area can damage nerves, leading to altered sensation such as numbness.

Weather-related causes:

  • Cold weather: In low temperatures, the body slows circulation to peripheral areas like the nose, fingers and toes to conserve warm blood for essential organs.
  • Frostbite: This painful condition occurs after prolonged exposure to cold temperatures when skin and underlying tissue freeze. Peripheral areas like the nose are particularly vulnerable to frostbite.
  • Vasospasm: In some people, the blood vessels may constrict excessively in response to triggers like cold temperatures. This can lead to painful areas that turn pale and numb for some time before the vessels reopen.

Other causes:

  • Anxiety: Excessive nervousness, especially when hyperventilating, can cause numbness and tingling in certain parts of the body, including the nose.
  • Medical procedures: Certain surgeries on the face, nose or sinuses may lead to injury and numbness.
  • Electrolyte imbalance: The body depends on certain elements in the blood, such as potassium or calcium, to be maintained in normal amounts. Abnormal amounts can lead to a variety of symptoms, including numbness.

Top 2 Numb Nose Causes

  1. 1.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.

    Those with suspected frostbite should have wet clothing removed. Rubbing affected areas worsens damage to the tissue. You should go to the ER by car, immediately. If rewarming can occur without chance of refreezing, it can be tried in the field. There, the doctors will guide you in gently re-warming the wounded area in 98-102F (37C-39C) water. Further, ibuprofen, antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and possibly surgery will be done to treat the pain and dead tissue. IV fluids will also be started. Hydrotherapy will be done daily to help with the wounded area.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nose pain, nose coldness, nose redness, swollen nose, turning blue or purple from coldness
    Symptoms that always occur with mild frostbite of the nose:
    nose coldness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  2. 2.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.

    Those with suspected frostnip should have wet clothing removed. Rubbing affected areas worsens damage to the tissue. You should go to an urgent care. If rewarming can occur without chance of refreezing, it can be tried in the field. At urgent care, the doctors will guide you in gently re-warming the wounded area in 98-102F (37C-39C) water. Further, ibuprofen, antibiotics, and a tetanus shot may be necessary

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nose pain, nose coldness, nose redness, turning blue or purple from coldness, pain when a cold area gets warmed
    Symptoms that always occur with frostnip of the nose:
    nose coldness
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Numb Nose Treatments and Relief

Problems with sensation mean that you'll have to pay much closer attention to your nose than you have in the past. Simply trying to protect it from trauma and extreme temperatures can go a long way, though the more detailed information you can remember about your nose numbness symptoms, the more likely you'll be able to find to an underlying cause.

At-home nose numbness remedies:

  • Cover up: A scarf or mask can go a long way in protecting your nose's sensation, especially in extreme weather conditions.
  • Warm up: Numbness can strike in cold temperatures even if you're dressed properly, so don't hesitate to duck inside for a few minutes on especially bad winter days.
  • Symptom diary: Pay attention to triggers of the nose numbness, how often it occurs, and whether you experience any other symptoms at the same time. This information can help your doctor determine the underlying cause of your nose numbness.

Professional nose numbness remedies:

  • Steroids: If your doctor feels that your nose numbness symptoms are due to nerve inflammation, a course of steroids may be prescribed.
  • Calcium-channel blockers: These medications are vasodilators that can prevent your blood vessels from constricting too strongly after a stimulus like cold weather.
  • Neurological examination: A neurologist can perform a detailed examination of your sensation to determine which and how many nerves might be affected.
  • Imaging: In some cases, a CT scan or MRI may be ordered to get a close look at your nose and its nerves. Doctors may also be interested in getting a picture of your brain.
  • Nasopharyngolaryngoscopy: In this procedure, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor inserts a small camera (scope) in the nose to look for problems like masses or tumors that may be causing your symptoms.

See help without delay if you have:

  • Sudden onset weakness
  • Facial droop
  • Difficulty speaking

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Numb Nose

  • Q.Is your nose numbness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Do any of your body parts (e.g., toes, hands, ears) feel cold?
  • Q.Do you have any body piercings?
  • Q.Have you ever had any surgeries?

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Numb Nose Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced numb nose have also experienced:

    • 11% Headache
    • 6% Facial Numbness
    • 4% Sore Throat
  • People who have experienced numb nose had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Over a Month
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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