What is red nose?

Red nose is a common symptom of emotions, infection, temperature changes, or even physical irritation. Red nose results from a rapid reddening of the face in response to strong emotions, such as embarrassment, anger, or high excitement. Red nose is also caused by conditions affecting the nose itself, such as rhinophyma (large, bulbous reddened nose due to unknown cause), or in association with more generalized conditions, such as hay fever, common cold (viral respiratory infection), high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), eating hot or spicy foods, or drinking alcohol. Occasionally, red nose is associated with rosacea (inflammatory skin condition affecting the face).

Infection is a common cause of red nose. This includes any condition that is associated with a high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit) and may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms, including fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains. Hot flashes due to menopause can also result in flushing of the face and a red nose. Depending on the cause, red nose may occur one time, periodically, or be ongoing.

Red nose can also be caused by other conditions, such as carcinoid syndrome (hormone secretion by a tumor known as a carcinoid tumor). Medications can cause red nose, including some diabetic and cholesterol-lowering drugs. Sildenafil (Viagra) can cause facial flushing with a red nose. The vitamin supplement niacin is another cause of red nose.

Red nose can be a sign of a high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit) due to infection or other serious condition. If you experience red nose along with high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit); respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, or wheezing; severe abdominal pain; fainting or loss of consciousness; or persistent vomiting, seek immediate medical care (call 911).

If your red nose is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with red nose?

Red nose may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the nose may also involve other body systems.

Nose symptoms that may occur along with red nose

Red nose may accompany other symptoms affecting the nose including:


What causes red nose?

Red nose results from blushing of the face that is associated with strong emotions. Flushing of the face from high fever causes red nose. Certain medications and supplements can cause red nose, as well as the vitamin supplement niacin. The nose may also become red due to flushing that occurs with hot flashes related to meno... Read more about red nosecauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 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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