What It Means When Your Nose Feels Cold

3 years ago

We might think that having a cold nose is just a sign of frostnip, but it might not always be the case, as it’s possible to experience having a cold nose even in warm environments. When this happens, it may be a sign that your body needs some extra attention.

It got us thinking here at Bright Side, so we searched for other reasons why we might get a chilly nose aside from the weather.

1. It may be a sign of poor blood flow in your nose.

When we stay in a room with a low temperature for a long time, the body tries to conserve heat by reducing the blood flow from the extremities and redirects it to vital organs in the body. We may also notice that our nose will be the first thing to get cold since this body part doesn’t have a lot of fat. Sipping on a cup of something hot, like tea or coffee, might help us to keep warm.

2. You’ve been overloaded with work.

study at the University of Nottingham discovered a link between our body temperature and the amount of stress in our brain. During the research, the more the participants focused on the tasks given to them, the cooler their faces became, especially in the area around the nose. If you also feel this way while working, you might want to take a quick break before resuming your activity.

3. You’re under a lot of emotional stress.

Emotional stress could be a trigger for Raynaud’s phenomenon, which causes blood vessels in our extremities to narrow drastically for a short period of time. This results in coldness and numbness in a particular area, like the nose, and could last anywhere from a few minutes to hours. Raynaud’s phenomenon is more common in women and among those who live in cold climates.

4. Your hormones may be imbalanced.

When you’re not producing enough thyroid hormones, your body’s metabolism may become slow. Having a slow metabolism will make your body conserve heat and energy, and could result in less heat going to the extremities, like your nose.

Do you know someone who always has a cold nose? What do you do to warm your nose up when it gets too cold?

Please note: This article was updated at June 2021 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.


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normally my nose feels cold when it's very cold in the room 😂


Up until now I didn't even think about how my nose feels. I instantly touched it haha


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