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I googled this and I'm scared - water running from nose - anyone reassure me?

(43 Posts)
Pinkflipflop Sat 22-Jun-13 17:07:49

When I bend over from time to time water runs from my nose, it's not mucus just water, very runny and it is a bit salty. It just rushes out so quickly that it ran into my mouth once. I never thought much about it but today I googled it as it happened again.

It mentions an infection in the brain.

I'm terrified sad

Should I be worried?

lljkk Sat 22-Jun-13 17:10:04

Think you'd have a monster fever if you had brain infection.
I think I'd book appointment with GP for reassurance.

ouryve Sat 22-Jun-13 17:10:48

Are you prone to hayfever?

Pinkflipflop Sat 22-Jun-13 17:13:01

No hay fever.

Why did I google it? sad

It's happened about 4/5 times over the last couple of months.

HopAndSplash Sat 22-Jun-13 17:13:37

I've had it before but not large amounts, and mostly before or after a cold. I wouldnt worry as you'd have other symptoms with something serious surely, just get it checked for peace of mind.

MrsEricBana Sat 22-Jun-13 17:15:07

Don't be terrified. I agree ask your GP but if you had a dangerous infection you'd feel ill.

TerribleTantrums Sat 22-Jun-13 17:16:16

I think it's a sinus issue. I used to get that sometimes with hayfever. It hasn't happened since I left London even though I still get hayfever so it might have been a reaction to one particular pollen.

HopAndSplash Sat 22-Jun-13 17:19:34

If you are really really worrying you could pop to a+e. Realistically a doctor will just blow it off or book an appointment for hospital check anyway so it could save time.

jamaisjedors Sat 22-Jun-13 17:21:27

I had it just before a cold. If it's salty, it IS mucus.

Queenofknickers Sat 22-Jun-13 17:22:57

Im not expert but Tree pollen has been v high this year - my DH is allergic and the response his body makes is water running from his nose and sometimes eyes. I understand it has been high enough this year to 'trigger' reactions in some people who might not have noticed before. The symptom sounds v similar - he leans forward and water literally pours out his nose. It seems to cause different symptoms to grass pollen allergy.

TerracottaPie Sat 22-Jun-13 17:23:01

I had this post sinus surgery. I had to have a CT scan to check it wasn't CSF leaking through some hole they might have inadvertently created during the surgery. It wasn't though and just another symptom of my ongoing sinus problems.

It still happens from time to time but I don't worry about now. But if it was a new thing, as with you, then I would get it checked out by my GP.

Longtallsally Sat 22-Jun-13 17:27:19

Agree with all of the others - it happened to a friend's little boy this year.

You would probably feel seriously ill, if it were a serious infection.

See GP next week for reassurance - and make a note not to google medical conditions again! (Especially if you ever travel to the tropics! <shudders at the memory of what google reveals about tropical diseases>)

wheredidiputit Sat 22-Jun-13 17:47:40

Sounds like when my allergic reactions are really bad. My nose runs as say like water. Try taking a antihistamine.

Pinkflipflop Sat 22-Jun-13 18:19:35

Will definitely go to the gp- I don't have any allergy symptoms though, no sniffles, headache, sore eyes etc!

Hopefully worrying over nothing.

Itaintmebabeitaintmeyourlookin Sat 22-Jun-13 18:22:57

You can get fluid from nose which is csf ,cerebrospinal fluid after a fracture at the base of the skull and the fluid around the brain is communicating with the outside. Obviously you have to have a pretty nasty head injury for that
Hay fever?

ouryve Sat 22-Jun-13 18:53:21

Sometimes, the runny nose can happen on its own with hayfever. I find that I get this symptom the worst when I'm actually a bit dehydrated.

Whoknows36 Sat 22-Jun-13 19:52:00

Omg! I've had it's for a few years. When I bend over occasionally to reach under the bed, under my desk etc water just gushes from my nose. It's very watery and not snot like and yes it tastes salty. I always thought it was just my sinuses as I've had them drained a few times but now I remember them telling me a complication of the op could be they go too far up and into my skull and now I've just googled csf I'm shitting myself!

Think I had best book a gp appt

maillotjaune Sat 22-Jun-13 20:08:33

Even if you think you don't have hay fever, you might be wrong. I have only just realised that the awful summer colds and sinusitis that I get some years probably is hay fever, and nasal spray has really helped.

lougle Sat 22-Jun-13 20:23:46

Salty is mucus. Sweet may be CSF. Very unusual without a head injury.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sun 23-Jun-13 12:26:33

My dad has this for a few months. Was just a sinus thing, even though he didn't have any other symptoms.

DomesticCEO Sun 23-Jun-13 12:28:39

HopandSplash, A&E?????? Are you serious???? shock

Itaintmebabeitaintmeyourlookin Sun 23-Jun-13 13:04:49

If u haven't had a skull fracture you don't need to worry. Honestly you would be visiting your GP with a runny nose... What's the differential? A cold or hayfever ?!!

No wonder people are outside AE in the ambulances for crying out loud

Lozislovely Mon 24-Jun-13 08:13:07

I've had this for years and found out recently its a side effect of the medication I'm on.

Whoknows36 Mon 24-Jun-13 17:31:11

From what I googled it is very unlikely to be anything serious unless you've suffered head injury or had sinus / brain operations.
If you've had either of these there is a chance it could be. Generally you would have severe headaches which only get better from laying down. But some people don't get any symptoms apart from the dripping nose.

A cat scan and lumber puncture with a dye would diagnose if cfs is the case.

Whitecoconut Thu 24-Dec-15 19:30:00

I know this is an old thread but recently I have watery fluid running down my left nostril every five days or so. It's only a few drops. No headaches or other symptoms. Just seeing if anyone posted on this thread been to the doctor and found that it's nothing serious?

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