Shocking Things Your Nose Reveals About Your Health

By Nupur Jha

Here are some bizarre things your nose can reveal about your health which you probably never thought of! We all know that a runny nose is a sign of flu or cold but other things such as the loss of sense of smell and olfactory hallucination - a condition due to which you tend to smell something which is not there - point towards some very serious health conditions which you should know about.

Everything about your nose ranging from its appearance to the smelling ability as well as the colour of your snot reveals your health condition. Here are some amazing things you need to know about your nose. Read on to know more.

surprising things nose tell about health

Nose Bleeding:

Most of us suffer from nose bleeding which is usually caused because of dry air which makes your nasal membranes moisture deprived, chapped and prone to bacterial infections. Usually, nose bleeding doesn't point towards any serious health condition but it can be a sign of:

  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT): This is a rare genetic disorder which can lead to nose bleeding and weakening of your blood vessels. If you see tiny red spots on your face, hands and legs or wake up to a bloodied pillow or got any relatives suffering from HHT, consult your doctor. This disease can lead to heart stroke or cause a blood clot in your lungs.
  • Dry Sinuses: It dries your nose, mouth and sinus cavities making them painful and sensitive. It also cracks the skin in your nostril leaving it dry and lead to nose bleeding.
  • Other Causes: You can suffer from nose bleeding due to various causes ranging from picking your nose, hemophilia - inherited nose bleeding disorder, blood thinners, nasal sprays, aspirin, etc. In case you suffer from difficulty in breathing due to nose bleeding or you bleed for a long duration (30 minutes or more) do consult a doctor.

Loss Of Sense Of Smell:

If you are experiencing a loss of sense of smell it could be a sign of health conditions ranging from diabetes to nasal polyps. Here's all you need to know about it:

  • Diabetes: Though the connection between diabetes and sense of smell is not really clear, the high blood sugar levels can result in damaging organs, blood vessels and nerves which play a crucial role in letting your sensory organs smell complex odours. There are chances that diabetes can affect your endocrine system - which includes all the hormone-producing glands in our body - and end up interfering with your nose and affecting your smelling ability.
  • Nasal Polyps: These are harmless non-cancerous, painless, soft growths in the nasal passages and lead to the loss of sense of smell by preventing the smell to reach the right cells. These can be removed surgically or treated with the help of medication.
  • Neurodegenerative Disease: If you feel your ability to smell have depleted you should consult a doctor immediately as it could be a symptom of the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Though these ailments are incurable you can get some aid from the medic in easing the symptoms and taking important precautions.

Phantom Smell:

This refers to smelling something good or bad which doesn't really exist. It can be a symptom of serious health conditions. One or both your nostrils get affected in this condition. Phantom smell can be an outcome of:

  • Sinus Infection: Phantom smell can be caused due to an infected sinus, your doctor might ask you to use saline water solution to rinse your sinuses to get rid of the infection. Phantom smell phenomenon might go away itself within a span of a few months.
  • Brain Disorder: You may experience smelling something that doesn't exist once or multiple times. It can be because of head injuries, brain tumour, neurogenerative diseases, etc. Looking at the seriousness of the condition, you should get checked by a doctor to figure out the exact cause behind it and get treated.

Rosacea:
This condition is marked by reddening or thickening of the skin of your nose. A subtype of severe rosacea which is called rhinophyma results in the change in shape of the nose and triggers breathing difficulty. This is found to be common amongst men.

Nasal Mucus:
Did you know that the colour of your nasal mucus can help you detect infections?
Coloured Mucus: If your snot is yellow or green-coloured, it can be a sign of viral or bacterial infections and you should consult your doctor to get medicated with antibiotics to treat the infection.
Brown Mucus: Various causes can turn your snot brown-coloured, severe air pollution, excess consumption of tobacco, dried blood, etc. If your surrounding environment is too polluted, then avoid outdoor exercises and switch to an indoor workout. Also, wear a mask when you step out to prevent inhaling dust and debris.
Black Mucus: If you notice that the colour of your nasal mucus is black, it can be symptom a serious condition or fungal infection caused by fungus in your respiratory system. It could also be because of inhaling dust in excess. Visit a doctor to stay safe and detect the exact cause.

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