cold nose

bc41129 Community Member March 17, 2007
  • Within a few hours before my pain starts my nose gets so cold I don't want to breathe with my nose. I seem to want to breathe through my mouth instead.

     

    We have noticed that if I can breathe warm air or warm moist mist the pain is not as bad. However, as soon as my nose starts getting cold again the pain is back. I usually drink alot of hot coffee and breathe the steam from the coffee as much as I can to ease the pain for a short while. I also, cup my hand over my nose or even use a hair dryer to warm the air going up my nose to help. These are all temp. helps but, they do work.

     

    I use to think my pain was sinus but, when the dr. asked if anyone in my family had migraines I remembered that my mother use to get very bad headaches all the time. She told me once that a dr. told her she had migraines. I just never thought about it being something passed down from my mom till my dr. asked me about it.

     

    My question is does anyone else have this cold nose problem right before they get this pain?

     

     

22 Comments
  • Anonymous
    MeToo
    Mar. 16, 2014

    I get this too, as a precursor to nasty headaches (they don't feel like full-blown migraines, though -- I used to have those and haven't in several years, foruntately). The headaches are still really painful though, and all the muscles in my face and neck start tensing up against the cold, and breathing is unpleasant. I will sometimes wrap a scarf around my...

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    I get this too, as a precursor to nasty headaches (they don't feel like full-blown migraines, though -- I used to have those and haven't in several years, foruntately). The headaches are still really painful though, and all the muscles in my face and neck start tensing up against the cold, and breathing is unpleasant. I will sometimes wrap a scarf around my face and put a hood on (which is quite a look when you're sitting on the couch), and try jumping jacks or similar to get warmed up overall, and a warm rice sock across my face (sock filled with rice and microwaved until warm). Usually going to sleep is the best cure, though. It's so annoying -- I've always wondered if the cold nose is the cause of the headache or a symptom of the headache. I mentioned this once to a doctor and they dismissed it, which was frustrating. "Cold nose" does sound silly, doesn't it, unless you've experienced it. 

  • evieobrien30
    Feb. 12, 2014

    Having read all your comments, although im so sorry to hear from your all feeling the same, its a relief to know i'm not going crazy! I have an incredibly cold nose, it gets so cold it causes a migraine behind my eyes that is constant! I've been to embarrassed to go to the Drs about this because saying you have a cold nose doesnt sound as bad as it feels! The...

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    Having read all your comments, although im so sorry to hear from your all feeling the same, its a relief to know i'm not going crazy! I have an incredibly cold nose, it gets so cold it causes a migraine behind my eyes that is constant! I've been to embarrassed to go to the Drs about this because saying you have a cold nose doesnt sound as bad as it feels! The only advice I have is take some Advil it really works a treat for the pain and then much to my partners dismay I just push my nose into his chest haha! Good luck fellow cold nosers!

  • SoneaV
    Jan. 07, 2014

    Know exactly what your talking about also suffer from those frustrating migraines and also seems to always start from the nose and then the stinging burning pain moves up to just above/ behind the eye and stays there for what could be days.

     

    The only thing I have found to help strangely enough is siberian ginseng (the better the quality the better the...

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    Know exactly what your talking about also suffer from those frustrating migraines and also seems to always start from the nose and then the stinging burning pain moves up to just above/ behind the eye and stays there for what could be days.

     

    The only thing I have found to help strangely enough is siberian ginseng (the better the quality the better the results) it wont always stop the migraine but you will feel a remarkable difference in the pain level and length of time it stays also I like the fact that its a natural remedy. Since everyone is different I am not sure if this will work for everyone but I know it works for me. The only other medication I will take with the ginseng is a disprin, it seems as though the ginseng helps with the inflammation and the disprin can then sort out the pain.

     

    Good luck  

  • jade
    Nov. 20, 2013

    I have the same problema. I get severe migraines that lasts for over 48 hours, i take like 3-4 advils and 1 benadryl together. Sometimes it helps, sometimes not at all. My nose gets very cold, one side of my head hurts and includes my neck pain too.

    I can't find any remedy, so if anyone has some suggestions please [Edited by moderator. For your safety please...

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    I have the same problema. I get severe migraines that lasts for over 48 hours, i take like 3-4 advils and 1 benadryl together. Sometimes it helps, sometimes not at all. My nose gets very cold, one side of my head hurts and includes my neck pain too.

    I can't find any remedy, so if anyone has some suggestions please [Edited by moderator. For your safety please don't post personal contact information]. I don't even have health insurance, but for those who do have health insurance should ask your doctor for the shots, though i have heard that some shots are not good for people with kidney problems, but I'm sure the doctor would know.

  • Anonymous
    Kay
    Dec. 16, 2012
    I actually get a cold nose as my migraine is relieved. My face and chest during a migraine become very hot, red and flush.... I get splotchy and pail at the same time. My dr. Doesn't really believe me I think and just brushes it off. But my nose does become freezing when the pain starts to go away and for a long period of time once the headache is gone.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov. 29, 2012
    I always have a cold nose concurrently with my migraine, along with pain behind my left eye and down my left cheek and through my upper left molars. Almost feels numb on the left side of my face. Tightness around my left upper shoulder and neck...feels like I need to crack the block out of my neck. Treximet helps. Would love to figure out trigger.
  • Coloradoan
    Feb. 28, 2012

    I usually wake up with a cold nose and headache – usually it feels like a sinus headache.  Not as severe as a migraine, but enough to make me miserable and difficult to concentrate.  I usually have success treating this with a combination of Tylenol, Sudafed, Flonase, hot baths, and coffee. If I'm lucky, I'm functional in an hour.

     

    The...

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    I usually wake up with a cold nose and headache – usually it feels like a sinus headache.  Not as severe as a migraine, but enough to make me miserable and difficult to concentrate.  I usually have success treating this with a combination of Tylenol, Sudafed, Flonase, hot baths, and coffee. If I'm lucky, I'm functional in an hour.

     

    The oddest thing is that immediately on waking, I have a cold nose but no headache, but within about 5-10 seconds the headache comes.  Am I still in a stupor for a few seconds on waking, or does light trigger the headache? Or is this an allergy?

     

    Recently I am trying 25mg Benadryl at bedtime plus wrapping my head/face to keep it warm at night.  So far, I'm having good success, but it's only been a few days.

     

    (News note:  Benadryl isn't such a good drug to take on a regular basis.  It can impair brain function: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/cocktail-of-popular-drugs-may-cloud-brain/)

     

    Not so apparent, but along with the cold nose, I notice, with my tongue, that I also have a very cold gum just above my front teeth. Just stepping into hot water can cause some relief, so there does seem to a definite vascular component.

     

     

  • Anonymous
    VP
    Feb. 02, 2012

    I just did a Google search for "migraine cold nose" and found this site/comment. In the last few months I've noticed that my nose feels ice cold and soon after the migrain will start. I've phased through a variety of migraine pre-cursors over the years. One of the most prominent was for a couple of years at night while I was asleep I'd be awakened by a brilliant...

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    I just did a Google search for "migraine cold nose" and found this site/comment. In the last few months I've noticed that my nose feels ice cold and soon after the migrain will start. I've phased through a variety of migraine pre-cursors over the years. One of the most prominent was for a couple of years at night while I was asleep I'd be awakened by a brilliant flash of light. It was unnerving. One night it happened 4 times and I was terrified I was having a stroke.

  • Anonymous
    whirladervish
    Mar. 29, 2011

    Hi all, I too am delighted to read that I'm not the only cold nose sufferer (though sorry you are all suffering too!). My GP has treated this as being a very minor issue but it is driving me mad! I have been unable to explain the annoyance of this pain to others, as just having a cold nose does sound minor, doesn't it? I have mine almost every day now though...

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    Hi all, I too am delighted to read that I'm not the only cold nose sufferer (though sorry you are all suffering too!). My GP has treated this as being a very minor issue but it is driving me mad! I have been unable to explain the annoyance of this pain to others, as just having a cold nose does sound minor, doesn't it? I have mine almost every day now though and only occasionally does it turn into a full blown headache and once only into a mild migraine. Quite often I do feel nausea too. Warmth helps to alleviate my symptoms temporarily but the continuing nature of the cold is wearing isn't it? I saw an ENT Specialist recently and have had sinus infection pretty much ruled out but am going for a CT scan soon to be sure. I also often have other facial pains (under my cheekbones). Does anyone else have these too? My ENT doc suggested they may be dental in origin as I have had quite a bit of dental work done in the last few years but I'm not sure if it too could be linked to the cold nose. I am experimenting with removing caffeine and sugar from my diet to see if this helps but so far have no conclusive results (I LOVE tea). 

    • bc41129
      Mar. 31, 2011

      How good it is to hear others say they too have this same problem and I am not crazy. That alone has helped me alot. I have been laughed at over my cold nose so many times. Only my husband understands it is real. Thank goodness. Like you all I have tried everything. Nothing really works. Test of all kinds ct scans. mris, hooked up to so many wires all over...

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      How good it is to hear others say they too have this same problem and I am not crazy. That alone has helped me alot. I have been laughed at over my cold nose so many times. Only my husband understands it is real. Thank goodness. Like you all I have tried everything. Nothing really works. Test of all kinds ct scans. mris, hooked up to so many wires all over my body that I looked like a robot. xrays, spinal taps, meds of all kinds, the drs. have ruled out caffine, sugar, sinus, the only thing left is that it is my ora before a migraine. Everyone has some type of warning before a migraine headache.

       

      That just seems to be mine. I sometimes can stop the headache if I get the nose warm in a hurry. I have found out using a hair dryer to warm my nose can help some. I even have one in my car so, should it happen away from home. I can still stop it quickly. If I am with a friend they just turn on the heater of their car for a few minutes and I put my nose to the vents and breathe the warm air. Now that is a good friend. lololololol

       

      I use to carry the hand warmer thingy things hunters use that you just crush to activate them and warm my nose when I had to work. I would just take it to the restroom and in minutes my nose would be warm and I would go back to work. Oh, the things we have to do. lolololol But, if I didn't do that I would of had to of gone home with my headache and lose pay for that day.

       

      I hope some of these ideas will help you till they come up with a cure for us. I do carry a medicine with me now that helps alot at the on set of the pain and it stops it real fast. It will only work if the pain is a migraine the name of it is zomig 5 mg. I mean you take it when you first feel the migraine start up. It stops it in its tracks. The best help I have found so, far other than the warning of the nose. lol

       

      Good Luck and God Bless you

    • Dr. W
      Oct. 14, 2011

      Well.  It is nice to see that my cold nose and migraines aren't all in my head.  I am a doctor and have researched migraines to death.  Warmth does help.  A warm blow dryer.  A hot shower.  When I have amigraine coming on, as odd as it sounds, I will take a hot shower for 15 or so minutes and then get into bed wet and pull the...

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      Well.  It is nice to see that my cold nose and migraines aren't all in my head.  I am a doctor and have researched migraines to death.  Warmth does help.  A warm blow dryer.  A hot shower.  When I have amigraine coming on, as odd as it sounds, I will take a hot shower for 15 or so minutes and then get into bed wet and pull the covers over me.  If I am lucky enough to fall asleep, the migraine tends to be 50% plus better.  Also, a trick is catching it before it gets to the point where you would rather die than suffer with the extreme pain and nausea.  Very few people understand the severity and dibilitating effect that these migraines can cause.

    • Anonymous
      Zeph
      Oct. 21, 2011

      No it's not just you! My nose gets really cold before and during my migraine attacks. Also the roof of my mouth gets cold too. Sometimes i get a cold nose and no migraine. Other times i get a migraine without the cold nose. But most of the time they seem to go together. I too use a hair-dryer which helps me relax for a while but doesn't cure it. I also take...

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      No it's not just you! My nose gets really cold before and during my migraine attacks. Also the roof of my mouth gets cold too. Sometimes i get a cold nose and no migraine. Other times i get a migraine without the cold nose. But most of the time they seem to go together. I too use a hair-dryer which helps me relax for a while but doesn't cure it. I also take naratriptan and this stops about 75% of my migraines but takes approx 2hours to work. I think I may have several migraine triggers and whether i get the cold nose or stop the migraine with drugs depends on the specific trigger. I suspect my triggers are dehydration, chocolate, muscle tension in the neck/upper back and caffeine withdrawal (if i have a day with no tea!). Migraines are such a nuisance especially when you have kids to look after. Good luck to everyone who suffers these horrid symptoms. I really hope a cure is found and quickly!

    • tina
      Nov. 05, 2011

      hi.. well i thought i was goin mad, but glad i have found people with similar symptoms, iv been suffering from headaches/migranes for 18yrs and its getting worse! iv had all the usual tests/meds... and have stuck with naproxin and the maxalt melts. tried topamax.. what can i say , really did not work for me. my symptoms seemed to have changed over the last...

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      hi.. well i thought i was goin mad, but glad i have found people with similar symptoms, iv been suffering from headaches/migranes for 18yrs and its getting worse! iv had all the usual tests/meds... and have stuck with naproxin and the maxalt melts. tried topamax.. what can i say , really did not work for me. my symptoms seemed to have changed over the last 18mths. i now have a very cold nose which sometimes goes across my face.. its really painful and feels like iv got my head in a freezer. dont know whats worse the freezing or the migrane, iv also had other strange symptoms like the smell of burning toast, i was going round the house checking plug sockets for a while but then i was smelling it at work too. then a new smell came along... of roast dinners.. please is there anyone had these smells.. im sure they r related to my migranes.. i am in the process of bein referred to a headache clinic.. anyone know what goes on in these clinics, as iv not been told much about it, thanks

    • themadhouse
      Feb. 09, 2013

      I know this post has been running for a few years but after trying so desperatly over a couple of years to find at least something on the internet about this condition I hope that it is still live.

      I have had the painful cold nose syndrome along with cold roof of mouth cold above my front teeth, behind my eyes and some tension in my temples. It can happen several...

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      I know this post has been running for a few years but after trying so desperatly over a couple of years to find at least something on the internet about this condition I hope that it is still live.

      I have had the painful cold nose syndrome along with cold roof of mouth cold above my front teeth, behind my eyes and some tension in my temples. It can happen several times a day but never goes into a migraine although I did suffer badly from them in my teens. Asfor smells I have sometimes had an accompanying smell of amonia.

      I have been to doctors and a specialist, had cameras up my nose and an mri scan. Its been suggested I spray this or that mediction up my nose, wash it out with water to irrigate the nose and take anti hystamines and mild form of anti depressant that treats neuralgia as well as pain killers and anti inflamitory tablets.

      Basically no doctor or specialist has ever seen these symptoms before and havnt a clue as to the cause.  They just have one of those "are you sure you arnt just imagining it all" or "cant you just put up with it it cant be that bad" faces on them.

      The coldness drives me mad aswell as being painful. I have tried snoods that cover my lower face hot packs hot air stem hot baths sitting in front of the fire and vibrating my nose with (dont laugh) a small little object used more normally as a vibrating aid in sexual pleasure, and I did send for it for my nose honestly !

      Has anyone for a cure or a treatment for this yet. O r even has anyone got a doctor who understands the symptoms that I could maybe contact so that they could pass on information to my doctor.

      The only thing that may sometimes help is breathing through my mouth only or breathing in through my mouth and out through my nose so warm air travels through the cold bits.

      I am starting to reach my wits end with this so any info any of you have come up with over the years would be so greatly appreciated....Thank you .. Annie

    • Anonymous
      chilly
      Feb. 14, 2013

      I get the exact same cold nose that everybody else is posting about but no migraine with it.  I've been to several doctors and tried lots of tests and drugs with no relief.  This is the first I heard it's related to migraines.  My nose is watery when I have it and I get it when the outside temperature is dropping.  I just learned from...

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      I get the exact same cold nose that everybody else is posting about but no migraine with it.  I've been to several doctors and tried lots of tests and drugs with no relief.  This is the first I heard it's related to migraines.  My nose is watery when I have it and I get it when the outside temperature is dropping.  I just learned from this site that weather change is a trigger for migraines.  I know when the blood vessels in the turbinates get congested, water leaks out into the nose, so that part of it I understand--vasomotor rhinorrhea.  But I don't get why the nose gets cold.  I went to to 3 ENT doctors who acted like they had never heard of my symptoms before.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jan. 06, 2012

      You say that you've studied migraines.. Have you found any diagnostic connection between the apparent nasal vasoconstriction and the migraines? Are there any clinical studies that address the subject?  I too have the freezing nose symptom.  My neurologist's PA had never heard of such a symptom.  My husband and co-workers think...

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      You say that you've studied migraines.. Have you found any diagnostic connection between the apparent nasal vasoconstriction and the migraines? Are there any clinical studies that address the subject?  I too have the freezing nose symptom.  My neurologist's PA had never heard of such a symptom.  My husband and co-workers think I'm bonkers. 

       

      Anyone have the directions on how to knit a nose mitten? Wink

  • robrich
    Sep. 03, 2010

    I was beginning to think I was the one who experienced  a freezing cold nose with headaches. I have assumed my headaches were sinusitis related, but after hearing these similar accounts, I am beginning to thing the neurologist who treated me for migraines years ago may have been right. I just wish someone had an effective treatment for the cold nose! The...

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    I was beginning to think I was the one who experienced  a freezing cold nose with headaches. I have assumed my headaches were sinusitis related, but after hearing these similar accounts, I am beginning to thing the neurologist who treated me for migraines years ago may have been right. I just wish someone had an effective treatment for the cold nose! The headaches are annoying, but the nose thing is worse.

  • Anonymous
    coldnosegirl
    Oct. 22, 2009

    Yes I do and that is why I am reading your article.  Decided to look to see if anyone else has this problem.  I do all the same things you do.  I even boil water on the stove to get the warm moisture but it only is a temporary thing.  Hot showers ( I have dried out skin from doing this so much).  I went to an ENT to see if there was...

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    Yes I do and that is why I am reading your article.  Decided to look to see if anyone else has this problem.  I do all the same things you do.  I even boil water on the stove to get the warm moisture but it only is a temporary thing.  Hot showers ( I have dried out skin from doing this so much).  I went to an ENT to see if there was something he could do and when I ask him about the bridge of my nose getting cold he was baffled...said he never heard of such a thing.  Trying bioidenticle hormones right now..it is helping me some.  You name I have tried it from Chiro,Acupuncture to Hynotist.  Been on 29 different meds.  Did a study with a doctor for botox but screen failed.  Did the botox down the neck and shoulder where my headaches tend to start as well with the cold nose.  Really wish a miracle could happen for us all.  No one knows how depressing and painful these things are.  Good luck.  Let me know if you find us a miracle and I will do the same. 

     

  • Anonymous
    Max
    Jun. 05, 2009

    My nose gets extremely cold when I suffer with a migraine.  Sometime the nose gets cold first and the migraine follows.  Does the capilliaries in the nose vasoconstrict causing this sensation?

    • Anonymous
      WANDA
      Feb. 09, 2011

      I WAS WONDERING IF A COLD NOSE AND A MIGRAINE ARE RELATED IN ANY WAY.  MY NOSE FREEZES WHEN I HAVE A MIGRAINE. I DON'T KNOW WHICH TRIGGERS WHICH. I SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DO HAVE THIS SAME PROBLEM.  CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THEY ARE RELATED AND IS THE COLD NOSE A SIGN  THAT A MIGRAINE IS ON ITS WAY OR DOES THE MIGRAINE CAUSE THE COLD NOSE.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar. 27, 2007
    I too have noticed that a cold nose and migraine seem to accompany one another. I find that cupping my hand over my nose, burying it in my sleeve or under a duvet is the most effective pain relief. However, it is only temporary and only shifts after I have had a sleep. It is quite odd!!
  • GretchenP
    Mar. 18, 2007
    Putting my hands in cold water for too long can trigger a migraine attack. My toes, fingers and the tip of my nose are chronically cold. But nearly all the time, and not just before an attack. They can be so cold as to be painful. I always wear socks to bed and around the house. I'm a real sight to see in sports bra top, shorts, and wooly socks with fuzzy...
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    Putting my hands in cold water for too long can trigger a migraine attack. My toes, fingers and the tip of my nose are chronically cold. But nearly all the time, and not just before an attack. They can be so cold as to be painful. I always wear socks to bed and around the house. I'm a real sight to see in sports bra top, shorts, and wooly socks with fuzzy slippers.

    Can you take your triptan after you notice the cold nose? I wonder if that wouldn't prevent the eventual attack. -- Gretchen