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A Large Nose May Be Beneficial to Your Health

Updated on May 20, 2010
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The Human Nose

The human nose comes in all shapes and sizes. It has a variety of functions such as containing the cells responsible for smelling. It takes inhaled air and conditions it making it more humid. Air needs to be moist, clean and warm before it passes into the lungs. Also the hairs in the nose help keep large particles from entering the lungs.


Nose Reductions Are The Most Popular Nose Surgery

The nose is one of the most defining features of a human’s face and dissatisfaction with the appearance of the nose is very common. Every year more than half a million Americans consider nose surgery or rhinoplasty. Sometimes it is because they are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, sometimes because of injury or breathing problems. But nose reductions are the most popular surgeries of the nose.

New Research on Nose Size

Before you decide to reduce the size of your nose, you should consider the new research that has been conducted by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa. Dr Renee Anthony, an Assistant Professor, headed up the study of the relationship of nose and lip size and the inhalation of pollutants. Two sizes of artificial noses and lips were created and placed on artificial heads in different combinations. Their research found that larger noses inhaled 6.5% fewer particles and pollutants and also acted as a barrier to keep bacteria away from the mouth. Larger noses may also reduce the inhalation of pollens. Larger lips also reduced particle intake by 3.2%. This research was published in the Annals of Occupational Hygiene in April of 2010.

Respect That Large Nose

To summarize, the more your nose sticks out, the more protection if provides for the mouth which in turn could lower the risk of infections and problems with pollens. A larger nose seems to be more beneficial to your health than a smaller version.

Something to keep in mind the next time you gaze in the mirror and lament the size of your nose.


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    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Kenneth. Nice to meet you too. I will definitely check out some of your hubs!

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Rose,

      Thank you, dear lady, for this hub. Sadly, I am the victim of having a big nose. I do not like talking about it. When I was single, girls would "eye" my nose instead of my eyes, hair or smile.

      Anyway. I voted up and all the way. You deserve it.

      You have been on HP one year longer than I have.

      So glad to meet you.

      I left you some fan mail. I cordially invite you to read over two of my hubs and be my follower. I would love it.


      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by greencha. My nose is not my best feature but if it can contribute to being healthier..... : )

    • greencha profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      Interesting-Thank God for that I not going for my nose job now.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thank you very much, katrinasui. It's nice to learn that what one thinks may be a negative could actually be a positive! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • katrinasui profile image


      8 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I have seen many people who are worried about their large nose but they should not because as you mentioned in your hub that a large nose may be beneficial to your health. Well done Rose.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      There are all kinds of fascinating research projects being conducted these days! Thanks for stopping by Traqqer.

    • Traqqer profile image


      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Nice. What a thoughtful topic. Now, I don't have to be ashamed of my big snautzer. Thanks!

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      I would never do any plastic surgery that wasn't necessary because of trauma! Thank you for stopping by vox vocis.

    • vox vocis profile image


      8 years ago

      Funny! I don't have a big nose, but it could be smaller if you ask me :-) :-) :-) When I saw the nose surgery on TV, I totally buried the smallest want to get it reduced! Yak!!!

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Jimmy Durante with his huge nose lived to be 87 which was pretty good considering he was born in 1893. Maybe these researchers are on to something "big"! Thanks for stopping by De Greek!

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      With this theory, I shall live forever! :-))

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      I had not noticed that before, Wanderlust! But I like the idea of getting healthier with age! Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Nell. I thought it was fascinating research too - where do they come up with their research ideas?!

    • Wanderlust profile image


      8 years ago from New York City

      Very interesting! Have you noticed that a nose gets bigger with age? According to you, we are getting healthier with age :)

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Rose, this is fascinating! I never knew that. I must stop loads and loads of pollen then, the size of my nose! Seriously, I have a crooked nose, wonder if that helps to confuse the pollen! lol Thanks nell


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