Some patients complain about a constantly runny nose, especially after eating. So what is going on? The technical term for a nose which runs when eating is gustatory rhinorrhea. This is typically the cause of your nervous system essentially getting cross wired so that food stimuli instead of producing saliva, will produce watery mucous from the nose. This can occur after viral infections or after trauma to the nose. Surgery for the sinuses is also a possible cause, but rhinoplasty is quite rare as a source of gustatory rhinorrhea. There are several solutions to this problem which includes the use of antihistamine sprays and pills. Anticholinergic sprays for the nose, such as Ipatropium bromide, can also help but can be too drying in the nose for some. Finally, a more definitive treatment is to use coblation to the inferior turbinates.
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