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
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Allergic Tension
  • Liver Congestion
  • Hay Fever
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Dehydration
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis

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 adult allergies
nasal congestion
severe flatulence
excess nose/throat mucus
undigested fat in stools
high current exposure to solvents
elevated liver enzymes
minor mouth sores
positive results from coffee enemas
craving for salt
breast soreness during cycle
having a CFS diagnosis
... 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
Vasomotor Rhinitis 92% Confirm
Adrenal Fatigue 25% Unlikely
Dehydration 20% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 2% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 0% Ruled out
Allergic Tension 0% Ruled out
Food Allergies 0% Ruled out
Hay Fever 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:

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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