Enlarged Nose

What Causes An Enlarged Nose?

An enlarged nose can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose an enlarged nose, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "an enlarged nose" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Rosacea
  • Alcohol Consequences

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
occasional red eyelids
irritated eyes
cysts in breasts
facial flushing
visible veins on face
frequent night terrors
no desire to recover from alcoholism
severe facial burning/tingling
excellent HDL cholesterol level
several past abortions
dark/flushed facial coloring
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of an enlarged nose:
Cause Probability Status
Alcohol Consequences 95% Confirm
Rosacea 72% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Nose/Smell Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about enlarged nose:
Has your nose grown abnormally large over the years? Do not include the effects of traumatic injury or a current infection that has caused swelling.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Mildly - barely noticeable
→ Moderately
→ Significantly - I receive many comments
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not having an enlarged nose, an enlarged nose or a very enlarged nose, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Alcohol-related Problems

Rhinophyma (an enlarged nose) has been associated with several causes including the over-consumption of alcohol.  Men are 12 times more likely to have this problem than women.


Rosacea may cause the nose to slowly enlarge.  When rosacea is not treated, some people – especially men – may eventually get small knobby bumps on the nose.  As more bumps appear, the nose looks swollen.

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