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Red nose Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Red nose. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the red nose?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the nasal redness constant or intermittent?
  3. Is there anything that exacerbates the nasal redness?
  4. Is there a simple explanation for the redness of the nose?

    Why: e.g. flushing from embarrassment, shyness, anger, stress, anxiety, guilt, strong emotion, exercise, sex, alcohol, spicy food, sunburn.

  5. Have you used any new facial cosmetic products recently?

    Why: e.g. moisturizers, sunscreen etc may cause allergic contact dermatitis.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. presence of allergic type conditions such as asthma, hives and eczema may suggest hay fever as the cause of the red nose.

  7. Known allergies?

    Why: allergic rhinitis may be caused by allergies to tree pollen, grasses, moulds, house dust mite, cat fur, bird feathers or some foods.

  8. Medications?

    Why: e.g. Rhinitis medicamentosa is inflammation of the nasal passages following overuse of over the counter decongestant nasal drops or sprays. Some medications may induce rhinitis including aspirin, phenothiazines, oral contraceptives.

  9. Dietary history?

    Why: e.g. MSG additive in food may cause facial flushing and other adverse effects in people sensitive to it; spicy foods may cause facial flushing and exacerbate rosacea.

  10. Alcohol history?

    Why: alcohol may cause facial flushing; alcohol intolerance may cause flushing only after a single drink; alcohol may exacerbate rosacea.

  11. Illicit drug use?

    Why: e.g. cocaine and marijuana may induce rhinitis.

  12. Family history?

    Why: e.g. allergies.

  13. Exposure to chemical or environmental irritants?

    Why: e.g. smoke and other noxious fumes, paints and sprays and cosmetics may induce rhinitis.

  14. Sneezing?

    Why: suggests allergic rhinitis.

  15. Fever?

    Why: if associated with nasal obstruction or nasal discharge may suggest acute rhinitis or acute viral upper respiratory tract infection.

  16. Nasal discharge, if so what type of discharge?

    Why: e.g. If the discharge is mucous-like or clear may suggest allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis.

  17. Nasal obstruction?

    Why: If acute nasal obstruction may suggest acute rhinitis, a viral upper respiratory tract infection, allergic rhinitis or nasal trauma. If chronic bilateral nasal obstruction, it would suggest allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis or rhinitis medicamentosa.

  18. Symptoms of rosacea?

    Why: e.g. episodic reddening of the face (flushing) with increases in skin temperature in response to heat stimuli in the mouth and alcohol; acne-like rash on the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. May be complicated by rhinophyma (enlarged nose), enlarged cushion-like swelling of the forehead, swelling of the eyelids, cauliflower-like swelling of the earlobes and swelling of the chin.

  19. Menopausal symptoms?

    Why: e.g. palpitations, hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue, dry skin, dry vagina, emotional changes.

  20. Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. may range from faint redness to severe swelling, symptoms are often worse in area around the eyes, genitals and on hairy skin, symptoms are least on hairless skin such as palms and soles. Allergic contact dermatitis is usually confined to the site of exposure to the allergen.

  21. Symptoms of sarcoidosis?

    Why: e.g. shortness of breath, cough, tiredness, skin symptoms occur in 10% of cases and may include red-purple or brown plaques or nodules on face, nose, ears and neck in chronic sarcoidosis.

  22. Symptoms of influenza?

    Why: e.g. fever, chills, headache, generalized muscle aches and pains followed by sore throat, nasal redness, dry cough and runny nose.

  23. Symptoms of the common cold?

    Why: e.g. tiredness, sore runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, slight fever; sometimes headache, hoarseness and cough.

  24. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis?

    Why: e.g. sneezing; nasal obstruction and congestion; watery nasal discharge; reduced sense of smell; itchy nose, throat and eyes.

  25. Symptoms of rhinophyma?

    Why: e.g. disfiguring enlarged nose with dilated follicles. Due to enlarged sebaceous glands, fibrosis and increased blood vessels. Caused by rosacea and possibly alcohol excess.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Red nose:

The following list of conditions have 'Red nose' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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