Nose Burning Sensation


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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 fever. Nose burning sensation may also be triggered by tobacco smoke or air pollution or may be a side effect of a nasal spray medication.

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

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Other causes of nose burning sensation include different types of burns, such as severe sunburn, a skin tissue burn brought on by exposure to extreme heat, or a burn caused by inhalation or ingestion of a dangerous chemical. Finally, nose burning sensation may also accompany a stroke, which is brought on by a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Nose burning sensation caused by burns, a stroke, or a serious head, neck or back injury requires immediate medical attention. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, sudden weakness or numbness, changes in vision or speech, or sudden, severe headache.

Nose burning sensation accompanied by burning or tingling in multiple locations of the body may be a sign of chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis. If your nose burning sensation is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 27, 2016

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Medical References

  1. Rhinitis (Hay Fever). American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
  2. Burns Fact Sheet. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

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