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1%% Image selected via crowner in the Image Suggestion thread:˛%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.˛%%˛[[quoteright:350:[[WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}]]]]˛˛->''"One day Arthur decided he didn't like his nose''.˛->''He had a cold and his nose was red''.˛->''His sister thought his nose looked funny."''˛-->-- ''[[Literature/{{Arthur}} Arthur's Nose]]''˛˛It isn't always easy to tell when someone is sick in real life. Lots of illnesses tend to affect the inside more than the outside. ˛˛In media, however, you'll know when someone is sick just by looking at their nose. If they are sick, their nose (and less often, their cheeks as well) will be bright red, to [[RuleOfPerception show the audience that they're sick]].˛˛This is rarely TruthInTelevision. Only a few specific conditions (such as skin rashes or irritation from frequent congestion-induced nose-blowing) specifically cause redness of the nose. As stated above, most illnesses are not totally obvious. However, its omnipresence in media has led to the misconception where ''all'' illnesses cause red noses. That being said, more localized redness elsewhere on the body is a relatively common sign of disease, being one of the five cardinal signs of inflammation. ˛˛Compare LuminescentBlush, which is caused by embarrassment rather than illness, GreenAroundTheGills, which is specific to nausea, and PolkaDotDisease, another type of fictional disease that's easy to spot. See also DrunkenGlow, where alcohol instead of illness is the cause of the redness.˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* Kari got this in one episode of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' when she fell ill.˛* Mepple had a cold and developed mildly red cheeks late in one episode of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' . ˛* Ash has a red nose and cheeks in one episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' upon [[CatchYourDeathOfCold catching a cold while fighting Greninja]]. ˛* In episode 118 of ''Anime/{{Tamagotchi}}'', some photos and a flashback show Anemoriritchi putting Moriritchi to bed and taking care of her when she gets sick. Moriritchi has a red blush across [[TheNoseless where her nose would be if she had one]] to show her sickness.˛* ''Anime/YoKaiWatch'':˛** In "Yo-Kai Sproink", Bear and Eddie both have this after exiting a hot spring, implying them to both be feeling ill.˛** At the end of the episode "Yo-Kai Duchoo", Nate gets a red nose and cheeks upon catching a [[spoiler:real]] cold.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Asian Animation]]˛* ''Animation/HappyHeroes'': Most of the time, characters who come down with a sickness get red around the nose. This extends to [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots the Supermen and the robot citizens of Planet Xing]], the Supermen's [[TransformingMecha Car Knights]], and even the ''[[ExpressiveAccessory expressive Planet Gray logo]] on Big M.'s headband''.˛* In ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf: Joys of Seasons'' episode 96, a lot of the flu victims have red blushes near their noses and/or red foreheads.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* Despite Tissues' (of ''WebAnimation/InanimateInsanity'') condition not giving him a red nose or cheeks in the actual series, [[ there]] [[ are]] [[ numerous]] [[ fanarts]] of him with this, likely to boost the sickly factor.˛* In [[ this]] unnamed ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' fanfiction, Mork has what appears to be a cold and his nose is described as being "nearly as red as the striped pajamas he was wearing".˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* Talked about in ''Nanny [=McPhee=] and the Big Bang'', when Algernon is talking about the possibility of an enemy soldier catching a cold and accidentally "hitting the Big Red Button with his big, red nose."˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* In the children's book ''The Sniffles for Bear'', Bear's snout turns red when he has a cold.˛* In the ''Literature/MrMen'' book about Mr. Sneeze, Mr. Sneeze lives in a very cold place called "Coldland" and everyone has a red nose because [[CatchYourDeathOfCold they have a cold from the cold weather]]. Once it warms up, they instantly recover and their noses turn normal.˛* Played with in ''Literature/TheWorstThingAboutMySister'' when Marty [[PlayingSick fakes illness]] by hiding under her whale plushie so that her face will be hot and then scribbling on her face with a red crayon. Her mother is not fooled, though.˛* When Arthur is sick in the first ''Literature/{{Arthur}}'' book ''Arthur's Nose'', the front of his snout is red.˛* In ''Literature/FelicityFlooVisitsTheZoo'', the sick girl Felicity is described as having a "red, runny nose".˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/ColdAndFluInvasion'': None of the sick customers appear red, but the player character gets a red face if he's ''close'' to catching a cold.˛* In the online game ''Vet Set Go'', all the pets have red cheeks, even though they're either [[ThroughAFaceFullOfFur furry]], feathery, a reptile, or a fish. These red cheeks go away when they're cured.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* In ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'', whenever Mrs Tiger catches a cold (it's happened twice), her cheeks will be red, even though she's [[ThroughAFaceFullOfFur furry]].˛* An abundance of this was used in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}'' short "Cold War", to the point where the cold germ's defining trait was its red nose.˛* In the ''Literature/HarryAndHisBucketFullOfDinosaurs'' episode "Achoo", Harry has a cold and he's animated with a slight pinkish tinge under his nose and eyes.˛* ''WesternAnimation/HowToCatchACold'': The man has a pink, inflamed nose due to his cold.˛* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Odor of the Day" has a dog catching a cold that makes him immune to a SmellySkunk. The dog's black nose turns red to show this.˛* Greg had a red nose in the ''WesternAnimation/PJMasks'' episode "Greg's Stay-At-Home Sneezes", since he had a cold.˛* Carrot has a red nose in the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode "Endless Summer", due to having a cold.˛* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', Otto's nose and eyes turn red when he wakes up with a nasty cold.˛[[/folder]]˛----


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