What causes nose burning sensation?

The most common cause of nose burning sensation is allergies, either to products or to seasonal changes. If you smoke or are exposed to smoke from tobacco products, you may also experience nose burning sensation.

In addition, nose burning sensation can be caused by a chronic disease such as multiple sclerosis, which affects the brain and spinal cord and causes weakness, coordination and balance difficulties, and other problems.

Nose burning sensation may also result from different types of burns, such as a skin tissue burn or a burn caused by inhalation or ingestion of a dangerous chemical. Finally, nose burning sensation may accompany a stroke.

Common causes of nose burning sensation

Nose burning sensation may be caused by everyday causes including:

  • Allergies to products such as body lotions and creams
  • Asthma and allergies
  • Medication side effects
  • Pollution
  • Tobacco smoke

Chronic causes of nose burning sensation

Nose burning sensation can also be caused by chronic conditions including:

  • Multiple sclerosis (disease that affects the brain and spinal cord causing weakness, coordination and balance difficulties, and other problems)
  • Paresthesia (numbness and tingling) following a head, neck or back injury

Serious or life-threatening causes of nose burning sensation

In some cases, nose burning sensation may be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. These include:

  • Ingestion of a toxic substance such as a chemical or poisonous plant or mushroom
  • Skin tissue burns caused by exposure to extreme heat
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack (temporary stroke-like symptoms that may be a warning sign of an impending stroke)

Questions for diagnosing the cause of nose burning sensation

To diagnose your condition, your doctor or licensed health care practitioner will ask you several questions related to your nose burning including:

  • When did you first notice the nose burning sensation?
  • Do you smoke tobacco products?
  • Is the nose burning sensation accompanied by tingling, burning or numbness in other areas of the body?
  • How long does the nose burning sensation last?
  • Do you have any other symptoms?
  • Have you recently sustained a head, neck or back injury?
  • Have you recently been exposed to dangerous chemicals?

What are the potential complications of nose burning sensation?

Nose burning sensation may be sign of a serious chronic disease such as multiple sclerosis. Nose burning sensation may also be a sign of permanent nerve damage. Because chronic nose burning sensation can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Skin ulcerations and infections
  • Stroke

References:

Tips to remember: rhinitis. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/rhinitis.stm. Accessed April 26, 2011.

Burns fact sheet. National Institute of General Medical Sciences. http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Publications/Factsheet_Burns.htm. Accessed April 26, 2011.

INTRODUCTION

What is nose burning sensation?

Nose burning sensation is generally a symptom of a damaged or diseased sensory nerve. The most common cause of nose burning sensation is allergies, such as those brought on by seasonal changes. Seasonal allergies that cause nose burning and congestion are called allergic rhinitis or, more commonly, hay Read more about nose burning sensationintroduction

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with nose burning sensation?

Nose burning sensation may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Symptoms of allergies that may occur along with burning nose sensation

If your nose burning sensation is related to allergies you may also have other symptoms including:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 7, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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