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Your Severe Nose Pain May Also be Known as:
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Nose severely painful
Nose unbearably painful
Unbearable nose pain

Top 7 Severe Nose Pain Causes

  1. 1.Cellulitis

    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.

    You should seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care within a day or two, to start antibiotic treatment and to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, nose pain, nose redness, swollen nose
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    nose redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

    Subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover the brain. It's typically caused by a ruptured aneurysm (out-pouching of an artery's wall).

    Call 911 immediately. This condition is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, new headache, nausea or vomiting, severe headache, vision changes
    Symptoms that always occur with subarachnoid hemorrhage:
    new headache, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

    Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in an area at the base of the brain that contains a vein, which carries blood from the brain to the heart. This area is called the cavernous sinus.

    You should go emergently to the hospital, where imaging and medication will confirm the diagnosis and begin to reduce the clot. This is a life-threatening diagnosis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, being severely ill
    Symptoms that always occur with cerebral venous thrombosis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  4. 4.Acute Bacterial Sinusitis

    Acute bacterial sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become infected and, in turn, inflamed, which causes pain and other symptoms. The sinuses are air-filled cavities in the face that are generally clean and empty but when sick collect excess mucus and can become infected.

    You should visit a physician or urgent care facility in the next day or two. It’s likely your sinus infection is caused by a bacterial infection, which requires treatment with antibiotics. In the mean time, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken to help with pain & fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, muscle aches, sore throat
    Symptoms that always occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute bacterial sinusitis:
    clear runny nose, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Condition Involving Severe Trouble Breathing

    Difficulty breathing is indicative of a serious ailment.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath at rest, hard testicle lump, blue skin that goes away when crying, severe pelvis pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  6. 6.Viral (Rotavirus) Infection

    Rotavirus is a virus that causes an infection of the gut, known as gastroenteritis. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and fever. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids to replace what is lost with diarrhea. Eat as normally as possible. If symptoms of dehydration occur, or you are unable to keep down any liquids, seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), headache, loss of appetite
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (rotavirus) infection:
    hidden: gastroenteritis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (rotavirus) infection:
    constipation, tarry stool
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Acute Viral Sinusitis

    Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus spaces behind the nose and cheeks. These spaces produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If the nose is swollen or if the mucus does not drain, this can block the sinuses and cause pain or infection.

    You can treat your symptoms at home using ibuprofen (for pain) and Tylenol (for a fever). Antibiotics for this diagnosis are not helpful because this is likely a viral infection.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, cough, sore throat, sinusitis symptoms, muscle aches
    Symptoms that always occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    sinusitis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with acute viral sinusitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Nose Pain

  • Q.Is your nose pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Is your nose pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your nose pain been going on?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Severe Nose Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe nose pain have also experienced:

    • 33% Throbbing Headache
    • 16% Pain in One Ear Canal
    • 16% Shortness of Breath With a Pins - and - Needles Feeling Around the Mouth
  • People who have experienced severe nose pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 49% Less Than a Day
    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced severe nose pain were most often matched with:

    • 33% Cellulitis
    • 16% Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
    • 16% Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

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