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What is the cause of food or liquid to come out of your nose while you are lying on your back and asleep?

What is the cause of food or liquid to come out of your nose while you are lying on your back and asleep?

REFLUX!: What you are describing is frank reflux. Doesn't get much worse than this. This can lead significant problems with your sinus, ears, throat, not to mention it can lead to aspiration of the stomach contents. You should be seen without delay and possibly have an egd to look for a hiatal hernia. In the meantime, sleep with your chest above your stomach (wedge pillow) and don't eat 2 hours before bed. ...Read more

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Liquid comes out from my nose suddenly while sleeping causing spicy feeling in the nose. All this is preceded with high acidity, burning etc.?

Liquid comes out from my nose suddenly while sleeping causing spicy feeling in the nose. All this is preceded with high acidity, burning etc.?

Nose: May be a sign if acid relfux which can go right into the nose. If in good health you could try zantac (ranitidine) at bedtime for a week. Check it out with an ENT ...Read more

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Waking up with liquid draining from nose. No pain/infection. Sinus are clear during day & when going to bed. Why only when sleeping? Occur x 2 wks.

Waking up with liquid draining from nose. No pain/infection. Sinus are clear during day & when going to bed. Why only when sleeping? Occur x 2 wks.

Draining nose: You may be allergic to something in your bed room such as a feather pillow or comforter. Try taking an antihistamine before bedtime ...Read more

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Why does food come back through the nose and mouth while sleeping?

Why does food come back through the nose and mouth while sleeping?

Sever reflux: It sounds like significant reflux. You can try raising the head of the bed at night, and reducing acid causing foods. I hope this helps, but I would see a gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause discomfort swallowing saliva but not food or liquid? It's only on right side, it feels like a strained muscle depends on head position

What can cause discomfort swallowing saliva but not food or liquid? It's only on right side, it feels like a strained muscle depends on head position

Virus: Not sure what you mean by discomfort. Is there pain involved. Is it difficulty swallowing? Not specific on your duration or onset of your discomfort. The closest answer to your board general question, it usually is a virus is setting in. ...Read more

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My 2yo sweats excessively (head/back) after running around & when he falls asleep. His head is literally soaked. Any cause for concern?

My 2yo sweats excessively (head/back) after running around & when he falls asleep. His head is literally soaked. Any cause for concern?

Not necessarily: The head of a kid that age is a relatively large part of their body surface area and an easy portal to discard heat/sweat after running around. If the kid is robust, engaging in vigorous play, feeding well and growing normally I would have little concern. If he has only brief active periods followed by prolonged rest, I would want him evaluated. ...Read more

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I woke up to the back of my head feeling as though it fell asleep, what could cause this and should I be worried?

I woke up to the back of my head feeling as though it fell asleep, what could cause this and should I be worried?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Liquids, not solid food comes put of nose while drinking them? What it could be?

Liquids, not solid food comes put of nose while drinking them? What it could be?

Get seen: There's a mechanical problem with the back of your palate, most likely. An otolaryngologist needs to see you. ...Read more

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When swallow, food & liquid go up my nose. Called? How to stop it? Have post nasal drip and gerds. Feels like food doesn't digest. Feel nauseous often.

When swallow, food & liquid go up my nose. Called? How to stop it? Have post nasal drip and gerds. Feels like food doesn't digest. Feel nauseous often.

Regurgitation: If you have regurgitation, you may have reflux disease. You can use over the counter proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole (prilosec) or pantoprazole (protonix) BEFORE meals 1-2 times per day. If this does not improve after 2-4 weeks I'd recommend seeing a gastroenterologist and considering an upper endoscopy to examine the esophagus and stomach further. ...Read more

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What causes my nose to bleed while am asleep?

What causes my nose to bleed while am asleep?

Unsure: To have an occasional nose bleed (epistaxis) should not be alarming, but if you are experiencing frequent epistaxis you should see and ENT doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes my nose to get clogged after being asleep for a while, I am fine when up and awake.

What causes my nose to get clogged after being asleep for a while, I am fine when up and awake.

Sinus congestion: From colds or allergies causing swelling and inflammation of your turbinates, nasal passageways, worst when laying down. Much improved when you are up and about in the upright position during the daytime or when you prop yourself up with some pillows at night. Ask your doctor for some medications to relieve the congestion. ...Read more

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I like my head to be elevated when I sleep. Can sleeping with too many pillows cause back problems?

I like my head to be elevated when I sleep. Can sleeping with too many pillows cause back problems?

Pillows & back pain: Hello. It's pretty common for most people to use a pillow for head elevation while sleeping. It's also pretty common for pillows to be used in other areas to help alleviate or prevent but not cause pain in the back, hips, etc. ...Read more

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I was fast asleep and then at half 4 in the morning, I had to go to the bathroom cause my nose started bleeding, it stopped quickly but why?

I was fast asleep and then at half 4 in the morning, I had to go to the bathroom cause my nose started bleeding, it stopped quickly but why?

Is this a pattern?: Are you on blood thinners? Maybe your bedroom was dry or overheated. See your doc to rule out underlying problems. Small blood vessels in the nose called capillaries may have been broken. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Feel like have nosebleed in my head for 3 days when I'm not (feeling in head, back of nose, no feeling of liquid in nose though). Not sure why?

Feel like have nosebleed in my head for 3 days when I'm not (feeling in head, back of nose, no feeling of liquid in nose though). Not sure why?

Exam: You need to be examined for a definitive answer: are you actually bleeding? Allergies? Post nasal drip, cold?-See your physician for an examination. ...Read more

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Under stress. Could that cause liquids to come out nose while drinking or cause moist feeling in nose (stress affect the way I am swallowing)?

Under stress. Could that cause liquids to come out nose while drinking or cause moist feeling in nose (stress affect the way I am swallowing)?

Doctor evaluation: It is possible for stress and anxiety to present with several types of symptoms (i.e. chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, irregular bowel movements, etc). It is possible stress could be involved but it's definitely a good idea to discuss your symptoms with your doctor to rule out any other underlying issues. ...Read more

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When I blow my nose I feel liquid squirting up from the corner of my eye close to my nose. What causes that is it normal?

When I blow my nose I feel liquid squirting up from the corner of my eye close to my nose. What causes that is it normal?

It can be normal: Your tear drainage system is connected from your eye/eyelid to your nose. If you close of the exit of the tear drain in your nose when blowing your nose, some people can experience a reflux of fluid back through the punctum in their eyelid. It is usually nothing to be concerned about. If the liquid is bloody or yellow/green, have an ophthalmologist evaluate it. ...Read more

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I just woke up to a clear liquid pouring out of my nose. It wouldn't stop. It smells like vomit. What could this be? What would cause this?

I just woke up to a clear liquid pouring out of my nose. It wouldn't stop. It smells like vomit. What could this be?  What would cause this?

Well : They most likely things are sour Brash from acid reflux of stomach fluids and juices into your nose. Recommend HealthTap as it or primary care doctor visit for specific diagnosis treatment and advise ...Read more

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After 2nd lumbar injection, I've had bouts of clear liquid pouring from my nose, bad headaches & a constant salty taste — can this be a CSF leak?

After 2nd lumbar injection, I've had bouts of clear liquid pouring from my nose, bad headaches & a constant salty taste — can this be a CSF leak?

A spinal headache...: Signs of a spinal headache from a LP or lumbar injection usually start with a roaring headache from a lying to sitting/standing position., then improves with lying down. If your headache worsens with upright position, that is characteristic of a CSF leak headache. Go see your doc for a "blood patch" to fix it.... You can also try caffeine drinks. ...Read more

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Clear very thin, water like, liquid out of one side of nose bend over, light sensitivity, constant headache, stiff/sore neck and upper spine down back?

Clear very thin, water like, liquid out of one side of nose bend over, light sensitivity, constant headache, stiff/sore neck and upper spine down back?

Virus or injury?: Are there any symptoms that suggest you have a viral infection? All of these things can be caused by a viral infection, like the kind that causes colds.

There are other causes too. If you were in an accident and you hurt your head, an injury can cause symptoms like this. ...Read more

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If you wear a nose tube with oxygen when asleep, could this cause dry or sore throat? Can it cause dry mouth?

If you wear a nose tube with oxygen when asleep, could this cause dry or sore throat? Can it cause dry mouth?

Yes, yes on both: Usually there is a water moisturizer along with the oxygen in the machine that you can turn on. If there isn't, ask for one that does. You do not want dry mouth because this condition can cause rampant tooth decay. Some medications will cause dry mouth. If this happens, ask your physician or dentist to prescribe biotene mouth rinse and saliva replacement. You must meticulously clean your teeth. ...Read more

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If I lay down longer than 8-9 hours (asleep or awake) I develop a severe headache. Worst when lying down or bending over at the waist. Whole head hurts, but feels worse at back bottom of skull. Advice?

If I lay down longer than 8-9 hours (asleep or awake) I develop a severe headache. Worst when lying down or bending over at the waist. Whole head hurts, but feels worse at back bottom of skull. Advice?

Positional headache: Postural headache is usually associated with low intracranial pressure. Headaches with a postural component need to be evaluated to exclude a lesion in the posterior fossa or a condition with low CSF pressure.
Rec.: see headache specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

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My daughter is experiencing sneezing, nasal congestion, sudden attacks of crying and regurgitation of food or liquid.

My daughter is experiencing  sneezing, nasal congestion, sudden attacks of crying and regurgitation of food or liquid.

Congestion: Appears to be viral URI, possibly with gastrointestinal symptoms. Keep head elevated to prevent aspiration. Can use pediatric nasal decongestant drops. Keep hydrated. ...Read more

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