Ever felt like your nose was set on fire? Although a common occurrence, the sensation is certainly nothing to simply brush off. Your nose acts as a filter that protects irritants and pollutants from entering through the air. Your nose burning while breathing in or out may be a sign of a certain fault or deviation in the body. If you are also in the same boat, take this blog as your initial guide to learn some common reasons behind it.


Sinus cavities are present in your face behind the forehead and cheeks surrounding your nasal area. If any of these spaces inflame, the condition is known as sinusitis, which may result from bacterial or viral infection. A sinus infection usually presents itself with a burning feeling inside the nose along with these symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Post nasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Pain in cheeks or forehead

Allergic Rhinitis

An allergic response is a person’s immune system defending it against triggering factors like dust, pollen, chemicals, etc. This is why the immune system starts backfiring, which results in inflammation inside the nose, hence – the burning sensation.

According to 2018 stats, almost 10-20% of the population is affected by allergic rhinitis per year. Other than burning in the nose you may have symptoms other than a burning sensation in the nose:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Cold symptoms such as sneezing
  • Post nasal drip
  • Stuffed nose
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat

Nonallergic Rhinitis

This condition is more or less like its counterpart. However, the cause of the reaction is not triggers like air pollution or fragrances but certain health conditions or medication. Most of the signs mimic that of allergic rhinitis; however, one symptom sets it apart – there is no itching sensation.

Common Cold

As per the findings of CDC statistics, multiple viruses are responsible for the common cold that can hit an individual at least twice or thrice every year. The cold virus infects and inflames the nasal cavity, burns your nose, and tags along signs like:

  • Elevated body temperature
  • Loss of senses (taste and smell)
  • Itchy and sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Head and body aches
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes

Weather/Climate Deviation

Your nostrils are supposed to be moist with adequate amounts of mucus. Any change in that due to dry weather or lack of humidity leaves them dry, causing a burning sensation upon breathing.


The influenza virus causes this infamous condition. When they attack the respiratory tract, symptoms like fatigue, body and headaches, sore throat, and heated nostrils appear.

Closing Note

To sum it all up, there are multiple reasons why your nose might not be functioning the way it should. That is why we urge you to contact our expert, Dr. Rajesh Maheshwari, MD, at San Ramon Urgent Care Clinic to help you. Find us on the map at 9140 Alcosta Blvd Ste D, San Ramon, CA 94583. Call (925) 361-5959 (San Ramon), (209) 825-5155 (Manteca), or (209) 983-9000 (Lathrop) for more information.

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