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What to do if I do not have allergies but my nose is running.?

What to do if I do not have allergies but my nose is running.?

Depends: There are different causes of rhinorrhea (a runny nose). Allergies are a common cause but it can occur unrelated to allergies (non-allergic). Vasomotor rhinitis is a common form of non-allergic rhinitis. Nasal saline and nasal steroids (nasacort (triamcinolone) is now over the counter) can be helpful in vasomotor rhinitis. If there is any history of trauma prior to onset of the rhinorrhea, see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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How can you tell the difference between allergies and a cold when your nose is running all the time.

How can you tell the difference between allergies and a cold when your nose is running all the time.

Good question: Some time it is hard to tell. In general, when you have a cold, someone else in the family or office often has one. A cold is often associated with a low-grade fever but allergy is not. You may also notice fatigue as well as joint or muscle ache with a cold but not with allergy. Hay fever may respond to antihistamine but a cold does not. If your nose runs all the time it is not from a cold. ...Read more

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My nose won't stop running like a faucet. I've tried multiple allergy pills to no avail. Please help me get my nose to stop running.?

My nose won't stop running like a faucet. I've tried multiple allergy pills to no avail. Please help me get my nose to stop running.?

See Allergist: You need to be seen by an Allergist as you are likely suffering from chronic rhinitis and need further testing and evaluation. Skin or blood testing can be performed to see what you are allergic to and can assist in avoidance measures. Daily steroid sprays can be helpful for allergic rhinitis. Ipratropium bromide can be great for drying out nose for persistent dripping/running. ...Read more

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My nose is always running, is it just allergies?

My nose is always running, is it just allergies?

Maybe: Runny nose can be due to several things--allergy, non-allergic rhinitis, the common cold, etc. The best way to determine if allergies are the cause is to see a board-certified allergist to get allergy testing. ...Read more

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How do I stop my running nose from allergies?

How do I stop my running nose from allergies?

Allergic Rhinitis: Avoiding exposure to things you are most allergic to (e.g. Wear a paper mask when you open dusty boxes in your attic if you have dust allergy). Use of nasal steroid and/or antihistamine sprays. Antihistamine pills, leukotriene receptor antagonists are the common medications used alone or in combination to control runny nose. Please start with your primary care doctor! ...Read more

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How to diagnose running nose or cold caused by allergy.?

How to diagnose running nose or cold caused by allergy.?

See a doctor: Allergies tend to be more chronic with sneezing nasal itching and clear runny nose although some allergy sufferers experience congestion primarily. It is best to see a doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I suffer from allergies every morning. Running nose what can I do to fell better?

I suffer from allergies every morning. Running nose what can I do to fell better?

Allergies: Most people start with over the counter antihistamines, which are an alternative although they are usually not adequate to help fully. Salt water washes can help too. Best is to see an allergist and get tested, then come up with a good plan of action to feel better with prescription medications or possibly allergy shots. ...Read more

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It's been about four month. When I getup, I have running nose. Then, after some hours, I again feel normal. Is this some kind of allergy?

It's been about four month. When I getup, I have running nose. Then, after some hours, I again feel normal. Is this some kind of allergy?

Can't tell: Perhaps the discharge is from accumulation of fluid in the sinuses when you are lying down. See your doctor since this is not normal. ...Read more

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Allergies and sinuses are causing nose to drip and gush snot. Constantly running. Flo made & overcounter meds not helping. No insurance, help?

Allergies and sinuses are causing nose to drip and gush snot. Constantly running. Flo made & overcounter meds not helping. No insurance, help?

Nasalcrom (cromolyn): Over the counter options include Nasalcrom nasal spray. Some people find neil med sinus rinses are helpful as well. Others find that Allegra d or zyrtec d pills can help. If these do not help you may need to see a doctor to get some prescription nose sprays. Sometimes if the symptoms are bad and if you start having colored mucus you could have a sinus infection. ...Read more

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What happens if my nose always run hot or cold weather is that allergies?

What happens if my nose always run hot or cold weather is that allergies?

Unlikely: Persistent watery nasal drainage is likely a sign of non-allergic rhinitis, which is treatable. In very rare cases after some form of trauma like an automobile accident, it can be a sign of damage to the roof of the nasal vault and requires urgent evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have allergies I took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but my nose won't stop running what do I do?

Nasal allergies: Start using a saline nasal spray until you get to see your doctor to start using a medicated nasal spray that will control your symptoms. ...Read more

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Childs nose running like a faucet in the dead of winter, snow on the ground. Could it still be allergies in this weather or a cold? Seems to feel great

Childs nose running like a faucet in the dead of winter, snow on the ground. Could it still be allergies in this weather or a cold? Seems to feel great

Vasomotor rhinitis: There are many of us who have a nose that is quite sensitive to temperature changes & other environmental issues. Going from a warm home into the cold can trigger a nose-leak process called vasomotor rhinitis. The leaking turns on outside but stops over time if you go back indoors. I consider it benign but there may be other issues to rule out during a visit. ...Read more

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I have constant nose allergy (running and stuffed nose) throughout the years ever since I was little due to environment. Does that hinder growth (height)?

I have constant nose allergy (running and stuffed nose) throughout the years ever since I was little due to environment. Does that hinder growth (height)?

Not that we know of: Uncontrolled rhinitis (nose allergy) doesn't affect growth as much as uncontrolled asthma, ultimate height is a complex function of the body, with several systems involved, unlikely that isolated nose allergy would affect it. ...Read more

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I always got cold and allergy, running nose, sneezing etc?

I always got cold and allergy, running nose, sneezing etc?

Seasonal allergies: Most likely you have seasonal allergies. You need to see an allergist and have allergy testing done. Meanwhile you can try OTC antihistamines. ...Read more

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I have running nose and sneezing alot, I believe its season allergy.

I have running nose and sneezing alot, I believe its season allergy.

Likely: Allergic to grass and /or tree pollen. Try OTC nasal steroid. If not effective, consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more

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My nose running and eyes watery feeling bad all of a sudden could this be allergies?

My nose running and eyes watery feeling bad all of a sudden could this be allergies?

Possibly: These are symptoms of allergies, but may be due to something as simple as a cold. Depending on the timing, duration and associated history, it would have to be differentiated. If you feel you may have allergies, I would recommend evaluation by a board certified allergist for testing and treatment. ...Read more

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I've been very stressed out in feeling very lightheaded my allergies like my nose has been running. What could cause me to feel this way.?

?: Depending on the medicines you're on, or the disease itself, better see your doctor or urgent care if you don't feel well, goodluck ...Read more

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I had sinus. Since last year my four year old daughter has continues colds, running nose, medicine doesn't work good. Could she have an allergy?

ALLERGIC RHINITIS: Persistent colds with sneezing, watery eyes, itchy nose are allergic in origin. Environmental control like no pets, no smoking, dust control helps. Consult allergy specialist for allergy testing and desensitation. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I bend toward even when I'm not having allergies, my nose just starts running clear fluid like crazy. I also get bad headaches. Why?

Sometimes when I bend toward even when I'm not having allergies, my nose just starts running clear fluid like crazy. I also get bad headaches. Why?

Trauma??: Have you had any history of trauma or surgery to your head? It sounds like a CSF leak, which is the fluid that surrounds your brain. Loss of this fluid can also cause headaches. This is rare, though, if you have not had any events to your head. I would suggest you see a physician and have them evaluate you. ...Read more

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I have had a runny nose the past couple weeks now. I don't have any known allergies. I have to blow my nose a lot and it just keeps running. Why??

I have had a runny nose the past couple weeks now. I don't have any known allergies. I have to blow my nose a lot and it just keeps running. Why??

Allergy likely: Given this is the spring season when pollination gets heavy and that your symptoms have been present for more than 2 weeks, I would put allergy on the top of the list. Try an antihistamine or nasal steroid to see how it works. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I suffer from running nose, continuous sneezing and occasional fevers on a frequent basis. The reasons are mostly cold or allergies. How to stop this?

I suffer from running nose, continuous sneezing and occasional fevers on a frequent basis. The reasons are mostly cold or allergies. How to stop this?

Different way: The runny nose from allergies is often controlled by antihistamine (tablet or spray) and nasal steroid. The runny nose from cold is more difficult to control but there is a rx spray which may reduce it significantly. Allergies do not cause a fever unless it is complicated by severe sinusitis. ...Read more

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I m suffering from last 15 years with seasonal allergic asthma and running nose allergies also chest conjections etc.

I m suffering from last 15 years with seasonal allergic asthma and running nose allergies also chest conjections etc.

Allergy/Asthma: Are you seeing an allergist? Do you know what you are allergic to? Have you sought treatment or simply suffered? If you have sought help but no improvement, sounds like you should get a 2nd opinion. If you haven't sought care, then you should. ...Read more

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How can dust allergy be diagnosed? I sneeze and have running nose every morning, but I'm not sure if it dust allergy. Is there any tests for it?

Skin test: The component that people get allergic to in dust are dust mites. If you consult an allergist they can do a skin test to determine if you are allergic to them. You symptoms suggest a dust mite allergy, so get it checked. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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