Nasal Examination

Below is a summary of the steps conducted during an examination of the nose. 

  

  • Observe nose for symmetry, position and colour

  • Lift tip of nose to observe for nasal discharge or flaring

  • Test olfactory nerve - ask patient about their sense of smell

  • Test for airflow (using a cold metal tongue depressor)

  • Inspect nasal cavity with auriscope

  • Palpate nose with thumb and forefinger noting warmth, redness, tenderness and deformity

To complete the examination nasendoscopy would be performed to fully visualise the nasal cavity. Please see our FNE section for more information on this.