Bulbous Nose


What is Bulbous Nose?

A bulbous nose refers to a nose with a rounded, enlarged tip that may appear disproportionately large compared to the rest of the nose and the face. The tip may appear excessively round or look puffy. Sometimes the effect is caused by enlarged cartilage in the nose and other times it is merely an excess or swelling of skin.

Are Bulbous Noses Normal?

Yes. A bulbous nose is simply a variation of human anatomy and not a health concern. A bulbous nose may simply be hereditary. In some cases, however, a bulbous nose can be caused by an underlying medical condition. Most of these conditions are fairly benign, but a few, such as lupus, are serious and need to be addressed.

What Causes a Bulbous Nose?

A bulbous nose may have several potential causes and requires one important clarification. It was once thought that alcohol abuse caused a bulbous nose, but that has been found untrue. This misconception has likely led to a few misunderstandings, so it’s important to clear it up. Several other things do cause a bulbous nose, and these include:

  • Genetics – Some people may have a naturally bulbous nose shape due to genetic predispositions without any underlying disease. Chalk this one up to the luck of the draw.
  • Rhinophyma – Rhinophyma is a swelling, thickening, and redness at the tip of the nose that causes a bulbous appearance. The cause is thought to be severe untreated rosacea.
  • Rosacea – While rhinophyma is a severe manifestation, rosacea itself can cause swelling and redness in the nose, giving it a bulbous appearance. This is possible in earlier stages before the condition progresses to rhinophyma.
  • Infection – Severe or chronic infections, especially those affecting the skin and soft tissues of the face, can lead to changes in nose shape and size. The H. pylori bacteria in particular can be problematic.
  • Trauma or Injury – Previous injuries to the nose can lead to scarring or changes in cartilage, resulting in a bulbous appearance.
  • Various Skin Conditions – Other skin conditions, such as certain forms of dermatitis, can cause inflammation and changes in the skin texture and appearance, potentially affecting the nose’s shape. Conditions that impact the skin, like lupus, can also change the appearance of the nose in some instances.

Is a Bulbous Nose Typically Painful?

A bulbous nose is not typically and should not be a painful condition. If your nose is causing you pain you should speak to your doctor.

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