Nose necrosis causes?

If you think your nose is just a mere appendage on your face that only serves to make you look human, then boy oh boy do I have news for you. That little snout sticking out of your mug plays an important role in breathing and smelling the flowers, among other things. But what happens when it starts rotting away? In this article, we’ll explore nose necrosis causes and why ignoring them can lead to some serious consequences.

What Is Nose Necrosis?

Before delving into the causes, let’s first understand what nose necrosis actually is. The word “necrosis” comes from the Greek nekros meaning “dead”. So basically, it’s when parts of your nose tissue die off due to lack of blood flow or injury. Other fancy terms for it include nasal gangrene or rhinocerebral mucormycosis (see I told you there’d be uncommon terminology!).


Some signs that may indicate nose necrosis include:

  • Discoloration (your normally pinkish schnozzle turning black)
  • Pain
  • Foul odor emanating from said snozz
  • Swollen glands under chin or neck
  • Vision issues if it spreads to eyes

Don’t worry – these symptoms aren’t set in stone; they’re more like general warning signs that something might be amiss up there.


Now onto the juicy stuff – what are some possible causes of nose necrosis? Unfortunately, many factors can contribute to our delicate noses’ untimely demise. Here are some main culprits:

Drug Use

Not those drugs! We’re talking about decongestant sprays here which contain ingredients like oxymetazoline or phenylephrine which constricts blood vessels in order to clear up congestion. However, overuse of these sprays can damage the very blood vessels they’re trying to fix, leading to necrosis.

Nose Job Complications

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Botched or Nip/Tuck, then you know that nose jobs aren’t always successful (gasp who would have thought?!). Miscalculations during surgery or infections post-operation can lead to some serious nasal decay.

Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine abuse not only destroys lives but also noses. Yep, snorting cocaine essentially cuts off the blood supply and erodes your poor little schnoz’s ability to do its job. Addicts are at a higher risk than recreational users due to their increased usage frequency.


Fungal infections like mucormycosis (which we mentioned earlier) or bacterial infections from illnesses such as lupus can cause tissue death if left untreated for too long.

Treatment Options

Okay so now that we’ve got that heavy info out of the way let’s talk about treatments because ain’t nobody want a rotting nose! Here are some available options:

  • Surgery (not fun but sometimes necessary)
  • Antibiotics to treat underlying infection
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy which boosts oxygen intake
  • Antifungal medication in case of fungal causes

Just remember: early diagnosis and treatment is crucial when it comes down to repairing any damage done – this applies especially in regards nose necrosis

Prevention Tips

An apple a day keeps the doctor away but what does one consume for optimal nose health? Unfortunately there isn’t an official Food Pyramid just yet dedicated solely towards preventing nasal decay; however here are some tips:

  1. Avoiding drug use whenever possible.
  2. Don’t rely on decongestant sprays for too long – ask your doc how long it should be safe.
  3. Avoid unnecessary nasal surgeries – like that time your cousin tried to remove his nostril hair with scissors (true story).
  4. WASH those hands (seriously, I can’t say this enough!!!)
  5. Go see a doc if you notice any warning signs we mentioned earlier.

Closing Thoughts

And there you have it folks: nose necrosis in a nutshell…or more accurately – not quite the whole nasal cavity’s-worth of info but still some valuable tidbits! Nose necrosis isn’t something anyone wants to experience; however, from avoiding drug use to frequent hand-washing/polluted-snorkle area avoidance – subtle changes in behavior or simply being mindful such factors can go a long way when it comes preserving our noses!

So go ahead and give your schnozz a big ol’ honk for making it through reading about these dire possibilities!