Runny Or Drippy Nose

What Causes Constant Runny Nose?

Constant runny nose can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' 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:
  • Food Allergies
  • Allergic Tension
  • Hay Fever
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis
  • Dehydration
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Liver Congestion

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:
history of middle ear infection
menopausal arthritis
slow recovery from colds/flu
frequent sore throats
major fatigue for over 12 months
prednisone use
regular postprandial somnolence
shingles
greatly reduced skin elasticity
occasional mucus in stools
sickness caused by wine
high refined white flour consumption
... and more than 180 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
Adrenal Fatigue 90% Confirm
Liver Congestion 21% Unlikely
Hay Fever 20% Unlikely
Vasomotor Rhinitis 0% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 0% Ruled out
Dehydration 0% Ruled out
Food Allergies 0% Ruled out
Allergic Tension 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:
Dehydration

Studies have confirmed that dehydration triggers histamine production in order to help conserve water.  As histamine levels increase, symptoms of seasonal allergies – such as runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes – can develop. [Endocrinology, Volume 136, Issue 5, 1 May 1995, pp.2189-97]

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