Here's Why Your Nose Hurts

Dealing with body pain of any kind can be very uncomfortable and potentially alarming, especially when it impacts a highly-functional part of the human body such as the nose. But, what does it actually mean when your nose hurts?

According to Buoy Health, the most common cause of nose pain arises inside the naval cavity. Symptoms of dysfunction in this area that often occur alongside nose pain include a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion or blockage in the nose, a cough, ear pain, a sore throat, and more. These symptoms, including nose pain, can be brought on by a number of issues, including an upper respiratory illness. This occurs when nasal passages become infected due to viral or bacterial causes. 

Another potential cause of nose pain includes allergens such as pollen, which can cause a person to experience persistent congestion, sneezing, and swelling of the nose, all of which can lead to nose pain.

Per Healthline, some other causes of nose pain includes a condition known as nasal polyps, which occurs when benign growths appear on the lining tissues of the nose. Another condition that insights nose pain is sinusitis, otherwise known as rhinosinusitis, which occurs when a person's nasal cavity becomes infected, swollen, and inflamed. 

Here's when you should see a doctor for your nose pain

Per Buoy Health, another potential cause of nose pain is physical trauma, such as a broken nose, caused by a direct injury to the area. Structural abnormalities including a deviated septum and a narrow nasal passage can also lead to nose pain, as can surgery and piercings in the nose, both of which can result in painful side effects brought on by infection and swelling.

If your nose pain is the result of a sinus infection, there are effective home remedies available to try, including nasal decongestant sprays such as oxymetazoline, over-the-counter medicines containing antihistamines and decongestants, herbal treatments, and, if a doctor approves, antibiotics (via Healthline). 

Other at-home methods of relieving and preventing nose pain include applying ice to the area, avoiding pollutants such as cigarette smoke, and keeping symptoms of seasonal allergies under control. 

It is advised you see a doctor for a medical examination of your nose if the pain in the area persists and if you have failed to get results with any initial treatments.