Having an itchy nose? Probably more than 100 million people around the world are having it with you. Why does our nose itch? Is there some meaning behind it? What's the history and household superstition behind it? Find out everything you need to know about nose itching!
The nose itching superstition first started circling around as early as the 17th century. At the time, people weren't as scientific as we are today and any tiny body sickness and unwell can have a superstitious sense to it.
During the 17th century, people believe that when a man's nose is itching, it means he shall drink wine. Minor nose itching normally doesn't bother people's daily life. That's why the superstition about nose itching is usually mild and calm, with a funny sense to it. Instead of relating to witchcraft or demons etc, like it commonly would during that century.
Wine drinking is very popular and people linked nose itching to it as an excuse to have a few more glasses with friends. With that belief gained in people's heads, the superstition of an itchy nose began to grow.
Later during the 17th century, people believed having an itchy nose means you're about to meet a stranger, someone that possibly will have a profound impact on your life. Having this belief is not really out of the blue, considering the logic that lies behind.
Wine connects people, you sit in a pub to have a glass of wine with a few friends. It's a place to met new friends, and strangers. If you must drink wine when your nose is itching, it doesn't seem too out of reach that you will meet a stranger too, given the places you're in.
Back in those centuries, drinking at home wasn't that common. Usually, a huge group of people would enjoy a lovely night together at the pub, and there's usually only one pub in town. So if you go there to drink and socialize as most people did back then, you would have a pretty high chance to meet s stranger, someone that possibly has a profound impact on your life, either by becoming friends with you or by changing your perspectives on certain things.
Different meanings of an itchy nose
Nose itching on different areas of your nose symbolizes different things, and most of the time, it's a sign to the future.
1. All over the nose
Well, that feeling isn't going to be pleasant but fortunately for you, this means good luck in the future! People believe that if your whole nose is itchy, it means that something good is about to happen to you. The bitter makes the sweet moments sweeter kind of thing.
2. On the left side of the nose
Get groomed, because you're about to meet someone! It is believed that an itchy nose of the left side means you're about to run into someone unplanned. It can be an old acquaintance, a complete stranger or someone you know very well. Try walking down the street and see who you run into next time you have an itchy nose on the left side.
3. On the right side of the nose
LUCKY YOU! You are about to meet the love of your life soon! Having an itchy nose on the right side means to love and honesty will descend upon you soon, that means you are about to meet the love of your life, or if you already have someone, it means that they are about to treat you a lot nicer than before if that's even possible.
4. Itchy and red nose
It probably doesn't look good to have an itchy and red nose. It means you're about to consume alcohol, most likely wine, tonight. It's unclear where this superstition came from, probably due to the fact that people do get a red nose with alcohol consumption.
5. Nose bridge itching
You're being too loud and someone is cursing you behind your back. Try to lower your volume, whether you're outside of at your place, it's always best to be considerate and not disturb others.
6. Nostril itching
Something is about to take a turn in your life, for better or for worse. Irritation of the nostril is believed to bring a life-changing fate upon you. If you're lucky, you may stumble upon a fateful event that turns you into a millionaire or meet the love of your life. If you're unlucky, things to take a really bad turn.
The best to do when you have an irritated nostril is to stay positive. After all, you attract what you spread. If you are happy and cheery, most likely you will bring good luck upon you.
What Happens if your Nose Itching Won't Go Away
Typically, an irritated nose won't last very long. It varies from 30 seconds to 45 minutes or more. In any case, you shouldn't have an itchy nose for more than 5-6 hours, maximum a day, any longer it's not even about superstitious beliefs, you actually need to see a doctor for it.
Apart from medical reasons that can explain your persistent nose itching, superstitions can give you a reason for this irritation as well. Persistent nose itching is perceived as a sign of warning, that there's something wrong in your life, something controlled by you, that you have to change.
There's no limitation as to what that wrongness might be. It could be you're dating the wrong person, you're stuck in a job that you will definitely regret, you are not reconciling with your family, etc. Whatever the reason is, it's bugging you and you have been wondering how you can solve this.
Know that this is something you know by heart. When someone says you're struggling through some doubts, this should be the issue that immediately pops into your head, and that's the issue this superstition targets. It's definitely a no-brainer for you to turn to this issue.
While this belief encourages you to take up a change, for a better turn in life, this does not give you any guidelines as to what you should do, what that "change" should be.
If you are not satisfied with your job, this persistent nose itching is a sign that you need a change, but that change could be changing to a new job, or protesting to your company to get better offers and benefits, etc.
This superstition merely encourages you to do something that you probably want to do for long, without shining any lights down the path.
The Scientific Reason behind Nose Itching
With all the fun and interesting superstitions, we've talked about. It's also time to understand the real scientific reason behind an itchy nose. After all, if you do have medical attention needed, you don't want to play it off as a superstitious belief.
Most of the time and the itchy nose is caused by viruses or allergies. Viruses like the common cold attack your nose and sinuses first, before moving to other parts of your body. Having an itchy nose is your body's way of telling you that you're about to have a cold, so better prepare for it by staying hydrated and possibly taking medicines as well, to suppress the conditions well before they took over.
An itchy nose caused by viruses usually doesn't need medical attention on its own, as it's just a signal that there's something wrong with your body, not that there's something wrong with your nose per se.
Another common reason is allergies. A lot of people living in the urban areas have allergies due to pollutions from various substances. An allergy can cause discomfort in the nose when your body is trying to use its immune system against the source but fails.
Allergies can happen anytime of the year, but they shouldn't last a long time each time. You can have allergies 10 times a day but you shouldn't have an allergy that lasts for 10 hours. If that's the case for you, please do seek medical help at once.
Other reasons for an itchy nose could be problems with your sinus or your nostril, maybe you once broke the bone and it didn't heal properly etc. While an actual medical issue is less common for cause of an itchy nose, it is still notable because if you rule out other possibilities and you still have an itchy nose, you need to go to the doctor asap.
Superstitious beliefs are always fun. They open up your mind and make you laugh in disbelief is you're a non-believer. If you're a believer, then you will find how accurate these superstitions are sometimes.
It is fascinating to know that superstitions on nose itching started a few centuries ago already and it's still swirling around today. Even if there's a perfectly reasonable scientific explanation for it, people would still go for the superstitious one because it's just a lot funnier! Remember to jot down the notes and take a look at it next time you have an itchy nose and see how accurate it is!