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Nose runs whenever I eat

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FairPhyllis Fri 07-Mar-14 14:05:26

OK, so this sounds utterly bonkers, but has anyone else experienced this? Many years ago I had the Worst Cold Ever and ever since I have had a runny nose whenever I eat or drink something hot (that's temperature-wise, not spice-wise). It's basically a massive pain because I am always sniffing and blowing my nose at meals.

Recently I've started getting a runny nose whenever I eat cold things too. I am mightily fed up with having to be primed with a handkerchief at any mealtime, and am a bit worried about the impression it's going to make in my new job - if I have to go to professional dinners, it's not going to appeal if I am blowing my nose throughout.

What I want to know: is this even a thing? If I talked to my GP about it would they put me down as a time-waster and send me on my way? Is there anything you can do about it, or am I stuck with the amazing perma-runny nose for ever?

Cleartheclutter Fri 07-Mar-14 14:10:55

Have you tried nasal irrigation?

FairPhyllis Fri 07-Mar-14 14:14:40

The thing where you shove what looks like a mini-teapot up your nose? No. I don't have a blocked nose at all.

JiminyCricket Fri 07-Mar-14 14:14:51

I was going to say the same as cleartheclutter- look up nose buddy on amazon, has made a big difference to lifelong congestion caused by allergies for me.

FairPhyllis Fri 07-Mar-14 14:19:05

Again, I don't have any congestion. Nose just starts running and eating (particularly hot food) seems to be the trigger. I could understand if it were an allergy, but it seems to be in response to all food.

Buggedoff Fri 07-Mar-14 17:09:00

My nose runs every time I set out of the house if the weather is below about 18 degrees. I have no idea why it runs every time it encounters cool air, but it does, and always has done.

I have no answers but can offer you a tissue and some empathy.

Cherryberries Sat 08-Mar-14 23:24:25

I get this a lot especially when the meal is spicy,as you say.I also always have the runny nose thing when I am out walking in the cold in winter.I think some people are prone to this..it is annoying though.I remember my dear old dad used to do this all the time at the dinner table and it used to drive me nuts....now here I am myself doing it confused.

I sometimes get this in restaurants - never when eating at home, oddly. Very irritating.

I get sneezing fits too.

Meid Sun 09-Mar-14 21:21:47

I have had this all my adult life. Eating, especially hot food. And going out in the cold. I discussed it with the doctor years ago who said it was allergic rhinitis irritated by temperature. If I am going out for a meal and don't want the inconvenience of nose blowing I will take an anti-histamine before I go.
HTH.

CrispyHedgeHog Sun 09-Mar-14 21:26:28

I get this but I've had stomach surgery. In my case it's because as my stomach fills up, it presses on the vagus nerve which is what causes the runny nose and sneezing

Ooh Meid, that's an idea. Might try that.

FairPhyllis Mon 10-Mar-14 14:43:44

Thanks folks. I might try the anti-histamine thing and see what happens. I'd never thought of it as being allergic rhinitis because in my head allergies are things like you eat a peanut and BAM you're dead.

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