Have any vasomotor rhinitis (chronic non-allergenic runny nose) sufferers manage to ???cure??? themselves via food elimination (...i hope so).
I have had a runny nose (clear liquid/mucous) for as long as i can remember (all my life), no matter where i lived, the weather, time of year or what i ate.
The only time it does not run is during the night when i am asleep, when i presume the mucous runs down my throat (yuk).
I have tried eliminating foods but nothing has worked. Tho some foods i only tested for a week or two, i wonder if that was too short. I did an elimination of all dairy years ago, tho after a few weeks (cannot recall exactly) i went back to eating natural yogurt (but still no milk, creams or cheeses). So i plan to do another trial elimination of yogurt. (i am gluten free as well).
Anyway, to my question, looking for feedback really, case histories, anecdotes, from fellow sufferers, or i should say, past sufferers,
Assuming the problem was linked to foods...
What food or foods did you find were the problem?
& how long did you need to eliminate that food (foods) before the ???fix??? kicked-in?
Any other suggestions/clues welcome, ie. suggestions for possible blood tests i can ask for. I have had allergy skin tests before & all showed negative.
As i say, it seems that i have chronic non-allergenic rhinitis (vasomotor rhinitis). That???s what all the Docs say as well, who just prescribe nasal sprays, none of which help.
I recently had a CT scan done of my sinuses & an MRI of my head as well.
Both of these showed "mild mucosal thickening" to most of my sinuses (sphenoid, maxillary & frontal). & the ethmoid sinus was indicated as "largely clear", which probably means there was some thickening there as well.
I suspect (but can't say for sure) that these conditions are chronic in my case & one possible symptom is my runny nose.
...Anyone had similar & 'fixed it' ?
asked bydaz (4493)
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on July 21, 2013
at 12:40 AM
hello daz I to had a runny nose for all off my adult life (35 years) or as long as I could recall. When I stopped eating wheat products last September, the runny nose and congestion went away! Amazing!! Even after all these months I still find myself taking in a big breath through my nose because the feeling is so amazing :)))
on July 21, 2013
at 01:57 AM
I have had awesome results avoiding gluten and alcohol. I will say that I had previously done gluten-free for 7-10 days at a time and didn't see much relief. It's only since I've gone more-or-less permanently gluten-free that I've seen significant improvements. Alcohol can also have me reverting to sniffliness.
I will say that as I've gone to completely gluten free I've also been working on inflammation-reduction, primarily for my knee and hip joints and for my sinus congestion. I avoid processed sugars and (try to) limit my alcohol intake. No gluten, limited grains, and limited dairy that is organic, non-homogenized, and full-fat. FCLO/BO and fish oil religiously, along with increased Vitamin D, magnesium, malic acid, and potassium (food sources). Lots of water, no seed oils, lots of sleep and slow movement, plus specific mobility/stretching for the legs. Possibly all of these other measures have impacted the sinuses more than the gluten restriction, but when I do "get glutened" or consciously choose to have a gluten-containing food, I noticed immediate congestion overnight that requires a few days of strict compliance to dissipate.
on March 28, 2013
at 06:50 AM
I've seen improvement, definitely, but as I still have my exquisitely sensitive nose and the world still has trees and flowers and human civilization I can't say it's gone.
I'll define what I mean by improvement. In the past, I literally had to have tissues on my person or no more than 3 feet away at all times. I used tissues all day long and sometimes during the night.
Now, I usually blow my nose when I first get up and I put 3 tissues in my pocket when I go out to walk my dogs. I use those 3 tissues and may use 1 or 2 more when I get back but it's now unusual for me to use any more tissues that day. That's right, I've gone from constantly to the first hour or so of my day.
I'm pretty convinced that I've eliminated all my food triggers and it's just a matter of still living on planet Earth. :-))
on September 16, 2014
at 09:34 AM
I find if I have any cheese, milk, yoghurt or anythnig like that I wake up with a runny nose. So I have no dariy products except occasional butter.
I don't eat bread, wheat etc ither and no processed foods and just drink water. Works for me.
on September 15, 2014
at 09:29 PM
I've dealt with this for 4-5 years at least, ironically ever since I started working around paint and solvents in a paint dept. I am all about natural and sometimes organic and NOT a fan of medication... but I tried so many methods and so far the only thing that WORKS is azelastine. It is an antihistime prescription nasal spray, non-steroidal- those didn't work.
The azelastine spray stops the post nasal drip so I don't cough so much. Cold weather makes it worse, and we are going into winter and cooler weather, so I am hoping for the best. No side effects.
on July 21, 2013
at 06:22 PM
Same symptoms for me, but discovered by accident that paper tissues exacerbated the flow and sneezing - now only use cotton handkerchieves...might help you?
on July 21, 2013
at 05:55 PM
I don't know if it's close to my problems, but paleo helped me on mine. It only happens again, if I break my rules: no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no alcohol.
I used to be "having the cold" all year long before paleo, with a sore throat, runny nose and coughs that could end up in pneumonia at winter time. My sinuses were so tight, that I had a nasally voice in those periods.
Most of it got away when I cut out grains (it was even rye, which is very common here), but it was first when I cut out all dairy that all symptoms disappered. Hangovers usually have the same results, but I guess it is the huge inflammation.
It seemed chronic at the time, and I was worried to have inherented my father's chronic bronchitis (that might be caused the same way, but "he can't live without bread").