nose (rhinorrhea) is a common symptom that takes place due to allergy, infection
(e.g., cold or flu), inflammation, or physical irritation. Inflammation of the nose (called rhinitis) is a common
cause of the runny nose. Other common causes include the common cold (upper
respiratory infection), influenza (flu), and sinusitis (inflammation or
infection of the sinuses). The running nose may be accompanied by redness,
itching and/or sneezing.
A runny nose can occur only when one's body- and brain-oxygen levels are much less than the norm.
Modern people often have less than 20 seconds for the body-O2 test.
Low-cell-oxygen levels are caused by chronic hyperventilation (breathing too
much air), upper-chest breathing (which drastically reduces blood oxygenation), and
Allergic reactions may lead to a runny nose for some
people, especially in cases of hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis).
In more rare cases, a running nose can be a symptom of a serious head injury
caused by trauma to the brain. Overuse of nasal sprays, especially
decongestants, is another cause of the running nose. Certain foods (e.g.,
spices) and other irritants may also trigger this condition. A runny nose
sometimes, but not always, is accompanied by nasal congestion (or a stuffy
The main superficial causes of runny nose include bacterial and viral
infections, meals, sleep, stress, emotions, and many others. However, low
body-oxygen content, on a cell level, is always the key factor.
When nasal congestion is caused by infections, the person with this
symptom will notice that his
or her mucus is yellow or green. This indicates the presence of dead bacteria and/or
viruses in mucosal discharges.
A runny nose is often caused by allergies or allergic reactions to some airborne substances,
like dust, dust mites, perfumes, smoke, proteins due to cats or dogs, tree
pollen, and many others. Meanwhile, if this is the case, the main problem is
that the hypersensitive state of the immune system is due to chronic
hyperventilation (breathing more than the medical norm). As a result, the cause is the
same, as you can see on the right diagram, but mucus in this case is going to be clear.
Another possible cause of a large production of clear mucus is dairy products.
Such allergic reactions occur due to either casein (the main protein in milk) or
lactose (milk sugar) making the nose running with mucus.
Running nose remedy
Natural remedies for runny nose due to allergies
If your runny nose is caused by allergic reactions, you need to
identify and avoid them. For
example, you can test your body reactions to dairy products, if you temporary eliminate all
dairy products from your diet (e.g., for 3-4 days).
If you are allergic to tree pollen or cat or dog proteins, these airborne
triggers should be avoided. Once you achieve more than 30 s for the body
oxygen test, most of these substances (dust, dust mites, tree pollen, cat
proteins, dog proteins, and so forth) will not produce an allergic or auto-immune response
due to partial normalization of the immune system. Hay fever usually requires over 30 seconds
for the body-oxygen test and avoidance of all triggers for gradual
desensitization of the immune system.
How to cure running nose for good
Up to 90% of individuals with a congested
or stuffy and running nose can get
a quick relief and easier nasal breathing in 1-2 minutes,
if they slow down their heavy breathing and increase body oxygenation using a
very simple breathing exercise. This
easy respiratory exercise to clear a runny nose was invented and used by
more than 180 Soviet and Russian medical doctors
practicing one special breathing method. They taught this most natural remedy to
1,000's of their patients with asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis,
chronic mouth breathing, cystic fibrosis, hay fever, and many other conditions.
This natural treatment and remedy can also be used by pregnant
women and children too. The exercise can be applied during sleep (at night) as well:
to get rid of a stuffy nose" in less than 2 minutes.
If you slow down your basal (or automatic) breathing patterns and get closer to the medical
norm for breathing at rest, so that you will have more than 20 seconds for the body-oxygen test, your
frequent upper-respiratory infections will disappear. This is the permanent
solution for a runny nose due to infections.
Bartley James, Nasal congestion and hyperventilation syndrome,
American Journal of Rhinology, 2005 Nov-Dec; vol 19(6): p. 607-11.
Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand.
BACKGROUND: This article evaluates the prevalence of
hyperventilation syndrome (HVS) in patients who continue to complain of
ongoing nasal congestion, despite an apparently adequate surgical
result and appropriate medical management.
METHODS: Prospective case series of 14 patients from June 2002 to
October 2003 was performed. Patients, who presented complaining of
nasal congestion after previous nasal surgery and who appeared to have
an adequate nasal airway with no evidence of nasal valve collapse, were
evaluated for HVS. When appropriate, nasal steroids and oral
antihistamines also had been tested without success. Three patients had
end-tidal P(CO2) levels measured and five patients underwent breathing
RESULTS: All patients had an elevated respiratory rate (>18
breaths/minute) with an upper thoracic breathing pattern.
Twelve of the 14 patients complaining of nasal obstruction had an
elevated Nijmegen score indicative of HVS. An average number of 2.5
procedures had been performed on each patient. End-tidal P(CO2) levels
were < or = 35 mmHg in the three patients who had expired P(CO2)
levels measured. Breathing retraining was successful in correcting the
nasal congestion in two of five patients.
CONCLUSION: HVS should be included in the differential diagnosis of
patients presenting with nasal congestion, particularly after failed
nasal surgery. One possible explanation is increased nasal resistance
secondary to low arterial P(CO2) levels. Another possible explanation
is reduced alae nasae muscle activity secondary to the reduced activity
of serotonin-containing raphe neurons. Additional surgery may
not necessarily be the answer in HVS patients complaining of nasal