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How do I stop my nose streaming in the cold?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 22, 2011 at 2:58 AM

Now that it's gotten freezing (I live in Tokyo) my nose has starting running uncontrollably when I cycle to work. I carry a pack of tissues but it gets to the point where I have to breathe through my mouth, which both dries it out and doesn't seem to oxygenate so well. And, obviously, it's annoying. I don't think it's an allergy to anything as it only happens in the cold and occurred even when I did an elimination diet (I sometimes think people here put too much emphasis on allergies when there are other reasons).

Does anyone know what causes your nose to run in the cold? And does anyone have any clever solutions to stop it?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on December 22, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Go to a motorcycle or mountain climbing store, they have all kinds of cool scarfs for exactly this purpose. They even have high-tech ones which re-circulate the warm air to your neck.

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on December 22, 2011
at 09:02 AM

Not related- but I envy you! Tokyo is the place to be.

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

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on December 22, 2011
at 04:12 AM

Woop, this is the kind of answer I was after. Maybe I'll get one of those funky anti-pollution masks... or just pull my scarf up higher!

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on December 22, 2011
at 03:18 AM

As I'm sitting in my living room reading this post, my nose is running.

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on December 22, 2011
at 03:04 AM

I asked a doctor this and he said I have vasomotor rhinitis aka "the world's most sensitive nose." That said, my runny nose behaves much better now that I avoid wheat products. Winter cold, sadly, still makes it run but it stops fairly soon after I'm back inside. So I'm with you, sister, but I have no remedy to offer.

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on December 22, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Your nose runs because it's trying to warm up the air you breath by dilating the blood vessels in your nose. This also causes an increase of mucus production. You could try wearing a scarf or balaclava to try to keep the air in front of your nose warm.

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

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on December 22, 2011
at 04:12 AM

Woop, this is the kind of answer I was after. Maybe I'll get one of those funky anti-pollution masks... or just pull my scarf up higher!

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on December 22, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Go to a motorcycle or mountain climbing store, they have all kinds of cool scarfs for exactly this purpose. They even have high-tech ones which re-circulate the warm air to your neck.

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