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
  • Liver Congestion
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Adrenal Fatigue

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:
heavily coated tongue
excess nose/throat mucus
elevated liver enzymes
regular postprandial somnolence
very oily/sticky stools
lower back pain
inability to work under pressure
poor cold weather tolerance
severe facial burning/tingling
anal itching
sciatica
history of chronic thyroiditis
... and more than 190 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
Candida / Yeast 90% Confirm
Vasomotor Rhinitis 25% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 18% Unlikely
Hay Fever 4% Ruled out
Food Allergies 3% Ruled out
Allergic Tension 0% Ruled out
Dehydration 0% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 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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