Too much cold air entering the nostrils

Posted by learningstudent @learningstudent, Apr 16, 2020

Well…Recently I have developed a weird symptom. I think I have had it for a month. My nose has no mucus, booger and when I inhale, I feel like there is too much air entering my nostrils so I have to use something to block part of it. Otherwise I feel so uncomfortable and suffocated. My right nostril is getting worse, there is no congestion or anything and sometimes my face or nose seems to lose sensation. When the turbinates work normally, they will shrink and swell up and provide warm air but this does not happen to my nose. All the air I breathe in is cold and is not warm at all. I am just wondering what causes it because for people who have atrophic sinusitis, they will have nose blockage. But I do not, I feel my nose is so empty and too much air entering them when inhaling even my nose is not dried. I hope somebody could help.

I have checked my nose, I do not see any turbinates, only hair and the holes of my nose. I have never done any turbinate reduction or nasal surgery.

I do not have hypertension but sometimes the blood pressure just elevated a bit – prehypertension. He said I had higher heart rate probably I have white coat syndrome and then I asked him why I had higher heart rate, is it something wrong with the heart since I also had pain in the middle of the rib at that time just right below the middle of chest bone. He immediately prescribed me antenolol and the that medicine changed the shit out of me. Right now I am feeling shit and it seems my system is out of whack. Mind and body shit does not work either. Primary doc told me to see a psychologist and said he or she could help with body and mind and But then the real shit was that he thought it was all in my mind and the psychologist thought it was anxiety disorder and she just asked me a bunch of shit questions, which were stupid and offered no help and like u said she told me try to know your body and mind. What the heck how do I know the body and mind, turning out that it was ignoring the feeling and pain and tried not to focus on it and before taking the medicine I did not have cold hands and feet and my nose was normal and I had a lot of snot and the nose always felt warm and I could felt the nasal nerve throbbing and right now everything seems to become the opposite of what they used to be.

I feel body and mind is bullshit to be honest, why not just told me to do yoga and meditate and that sounds better than what the shitty term body and mind thing.

REPLY
@learningstudent

I do not have hypertension but sometimes the blood pressure just elevated a bit – prehypertension. He said I had higher heart rate probably I have white coat syndrome and then I asked him why I had higher heart rate, is it something wrong with the heart since I also had pain in the middle of the rib at that time just right below the middle of chest bone. He immediately prescribed me antenolol and the that medicine changed the shit out of me. Right now I am feeling shit and it seems my system is out of whack. Mind and body shit does not work either. Primary doc told me to see a psychologist and said he or she could help with body and mind and But then the real shit was that he thought it was all in my mind and the psychologist thought it was anxiety disorder and she just asked me a bunch of shit questions, which were stupid and offered no help and like u said she told me try to know your body and mind. What the heck how do I know the body and mind, turning out that it was ignoring the feeling and pain and tried not to focus on it and before taking the medicine I did not have cold hands and feet and my nose was normal and I had a lot of snot and the nose always felt warm and I could felt the nasal nerve throbbing and right now everything seems to become the opposite of what they used to be.

I feel body and mind is bullshit to be honest, why not just told me to do yoga and meditate and that sounds better than what the shitty term body and mind thing.

Jump to this post

@learningstudent-I am really sorry you have experienced this. It is a frustrating feeling. The doctor suggesting white coat syndrome was his way of telling you, you were probably just nervous. Doctors and ER doctors know that 80% of their patient visits for headache or chest pain, are stress/anxiety related visits. But no doctor is trained to write a prescription for time off work, rest, relaxation, or spending time in nature or doing something you enjoy.

-For the nose issues, you now have something new that you are focusing on. I would try the things people suggest to bring moisture back to the nose. Look into Ayurvedic medicine as they have ways to help restore moisture.
-Focus on what you can control. Total body.
-The people who you are seeing now for help, or asking advice for on here whom you are saying are offering no help. It’s not that they are offering no help. It’s help that does not come in the form of a pill. They are trying to help you address the distress.
-I would encourage you to find a practice you can believe in. You have to believe in something. Most importantly, yourself first.
Yoga/Meditation is actually all about reconnecting the brain/body. It truly is connected. But if you don’t believe in that, then it won’t help you.
-I understand your condition is frustrating. I wish you well in trying to improve and feel better.

REPLY
@bride

Thank you, Juli. I have been having somewhat similar symptoms and have similar problems. I was told I had mid segment pain and prescribed amitriptilline 10mg. But the problem isn't really pain it is pressure over the bridge of my nose and nose "sensitivity". Often my nose would feel very cold. So I have stopped all nasal sprays, even saline spray, for a while, and started, like you, inhalation in the morning and nasal irrigation in the evening. I add a drop of peppermint or eucalyptus, but not too much. I will try lemongrass also. .And this seems to have helped somewhat although I do find it frustrating not to really understand what the problem is. That is why I find Connect so helpful. Just knowing these symptoms are not unusual helps a lot.

Jump to this post

I just recently started to have this same problem. I did just get over covid and my main symptom during covid was a sinus infection. Now, it just feels cold when I breath. I've never had this problem before.

REPLY

I've always had this problem to varying degrees. One thing I do when going out for our morning walks when it's cold is to just ball up some tissue paper and clog each nostril. When I'm indoors, if having the problem, I bump the house temperature up a degree and make sure the humidifier is working. Both temp and humidity affect me. Note, I'm not a medical professional. In your situation I would also talk to my doctor. Good luck to you!

REPLY
@bleuscootergal

I just recently started to have this same problem. I did just get over covid and my main symptom during covid was a sinus infection. Now, it just feels cold when I breath. I've never had this problem before.

Jump to this post

@bleuscootergal– Hi. It could be that you need a little help to get your nasal mucosa function/moisture back to functioning pre-sinus infection. This represents a sign of irritation/inflammation if you had not felt it ever before. The lining/function in your nose provides moisture/humidification and changes rapidly to inhaled air. The delicate tissue in your nose might need a little boost getting back to optimal health after fighting off infection/imbalance. The inflammation in nasal mucosa can stick around for a while after an infection. Your body might have had to use a lot of resources to fight off Covid. Assuming while you were getting over it, you were probably inside a lot with dry air. Dryness brings on the cold feeling when inhaling. Focus on Vitamin/Mineral replenishment specifically Vitamin C and Vitamin D, Humidification and lots of hydration. Try to stay a way from forced indoor heat.
Some people naturally experience this feeling, yes, in transient situations of outdoor cold air and or being around dry air. This is due to everyone’s sensitivity being different, nasal mucosa thickness and normal function. If you are only noticing this suddenly and can pinpoint the start of it, then restoration is key when it first begins. Too long of drying nasal mucosa(tissue lining) can damage the little cilia in the nose needed for proper function..

REPLY
@bleuscootergal

I just recently started to have this same problem. I did just get over covid and my main symptom during covid was a sinus infection. Now, it just feels cold when I breath. I've never had this problem before.

Jump to this post

@bleuscootergal Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

You mentioned having recently having COVID-19. Below I have linked the COVID-19 group.

– COVID-19 https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/covid-19/

You are experiencing a cold feeling when you breath since you contracted COVID-19. May I ask what your provider has said and if/how it is being treated?

REPLY

Hey guys. I've been having some similar symptoms. Cold air in nose and back of throat. Though I did have a turbinate surgery 3 years ago I've seen 2 ENT specialists that said my turbinates look fine and didn't diagnose or recommend anything really.
They also ruled out that it would be from the surgery. Though a few weeks ago I did give my nose a pretty strong nose massage/rubbing to try and reduce my still swollen nose (after 3 years of surgery my nose is still swollen). I feel this may have triggered some of the symptoms I'm having now.
For those feeling a lot of air in nose I found that using a head phone cover is good to reduce air flow in the nostril (The small plastic covers that you put on ear phones simply put them in your nose). I've also spoken to Doctor Das who is a specialist in ENS and he said I may have turbinate dysfunction which is like a lesser ENS and recommended I do Stem Cell injections to regenerate my turbinate function.
My symptoms come and go, some days I feel minimal to no symptoms and then other days I have them for hours at a time.
I pray we all recover from our ailments.

REPLY

@du6721– May I ask what the surgery was originally for? And did you have more than inferior turbinate reduction?

REPLY
@nrd1

@du6721– May I ask what the surgery was originally for? And did you have more than inferior turbinate reduction?

Jump to this post

I had a deviated septum and so they corrected it and reduced my inferior tubrinate in Nov 2017.
Doctors say its too long ago to cause ENS.
I believe its a combincation of my guy (I had a bad reaction to Doxycycline recently) and massaging my nose a little too roughly.

REPLY

@du6721
– what were the symptoms you were having that originally took you to the ENT to have them suggest surgery?
-did you have anything you noticed post surgery? You said you have always felt stuffy?

REPLY
@nrd1

@du6721
– what were the symptoms you were having that originally took you to the ENT to have them suggest surgery?
-did you have anything you noticed post surgery? You said you have always felt stuffy?

Jump to this post

I was having sinus infections several times a year (3 to 4 times) and I couldn't breathe fully from my right nostril.
Post surgery things seemed fine but my nose and cheeks were pretty much swollen for the last 3 years up until I decided to give my nose a rough rubbing/massage. About a week later (19 Feb) my swelling subsided completely but I then had symptoms of ENS (low mucus, increased air flow, then pain and cold in my nose). Symptoms subsided over time and I saw 2 specialists since then who said my nose looked fine and recommended small things (Like change bed covers, use saline, etc).
I'm now watching my diet as I feel it plays a role in how my nose behaves. I also had a bad reaction to an antibiotic a few months ago that affected my sleep and gut. I feel this may be playing a role as well.

REPLY
@du6721

I was having sinus infections several times a year (3 to 4 times) and I couldn't breathe fully from my right nostril.
Post surgery things seemed fine but my nose and cheeks were pretty much swollen for the last 3 years up until I decided to give my nose a rough rubbing/massage. About a week later (19 Feb) my swelling subsided completely but I then had symptoms of ENS (low mucus, increased air flow, then pain and cold in my nose). Symptoms subsided over time and I saw 2 specialists since then who said my nose looked fine and recommended small things (Like change bed covers, use saline, etc).
I'm now watching my diet as I feel it plays a role in how my nose behaves. I also had a bad reaction to an antibiotic a few months ago that affected my sleep and gut. I feel this may be playing a role as well.

Jump to this post

@du6721
•3 years of fascial/nasal swelling post surgery does not sound right.
•I’m sure you went for follow ups and were told you were healing fine and that inflammation/ swelling can take up to a year to go away. Am I correct?
•What happens during this time is that anything you may start to feel indifferent about is chalked up to healing nerves and swelling.
•If the nose is too open, and the tissue is exposed to too fast, dry air, swelling can occur as a defense mechanism and response, keeping your tissues in an inflammatory state, but we naturally think it’s from the trauma of surgery. So you keep just telling yourself “I’m swollen from surgery”. That is not the case.
•The swollen feeling is the tissue response to air not flowing properly and hitting nerves and tissues differently. Not having a streamlined smooth flow. Ultimately disrupting the entire nasal cycle.
•For example-lets say patient explains a subjective feeling of not being able to breathe trough right side. Well truth is you can breathe, it just doesn’t feel the same as on your left. So what could be a very small 1mm of space causing you to feel uncomfortable, a surgeon comes in and visually determines on their own, how much space you need to breathe. That is not how the body works. Another person, ENT, can not look at your nose and know what you would need to feel better. It is all a guess, and you hope it ends up close to comfortable.
So an ENT makes a 2mm difference on your inferior turbinate and then makes a 2mm difference in your septum. Now all of the sudden you a 4 mm difference when you barely needed anything. So you now have a new subjective feeling.
Although air felt constricted before it hadn’t disrupted a whole natural cycle.
•Antibiotics can also have an anti inflammatory affect. So if you took a round and feel more open, it could be that the antibiotics reduced the compensatory inflammation that had been occurring with the new changed airflow.
•Ultimately ENTs know little about the form and function of the nose. It is an embarrassing specialty that puts many patients at risk.

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.
  Request Appointment