Runny Or Drippy Nose

What Causes Constant Runny Nose?

Constant runny nose can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose constant runny nose, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "constant runny nose" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities (more below):
  • Food Allergies
  • Allergic Tension
  • Hay Fever
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Nat Mur Need
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis
  • Dehydration

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
eczema
severe tongue swelling
greatly reduced skin elasticity
poor mental clarity
sexual abuse during childhood
afternoon headaches
painful swallowing
discomfort caused by mold/mustiness
darker/redder skin color
frequent confusion/disorientation
red palms/fingertips
suspected adrenal insufficiency
... and more than 160 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of constant runny nose:
Cause Probability Status
Dehydration 97% Confirm
Candida / Yeast 26% Unlikely
Food Allergies 25% Unlikely
Hay Fever 2% Ruled out
Allergic Tension 0% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 0% Ruled out
Vasomotor Rhinitis 0% Ruled out
Nat Mur Need 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Nose/Smell Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about runny or drippy nose:
Do you regularly suffer from a runny or drippy nose?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No / very rarely
→ A few times a year
→ Several times a month
→ Often / most of the time
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate occasional runny nose, regular runny nose or frequent runny nose, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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