Why is one side of my nose running like water?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Well, I’m not a doctor, but I can try to provide some information based on my own experiences and knowledge. It’s important to remember that everyone’s situation may be different, so it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.

If you’re experiencing a runny nose that seems to affect one side more than the other, it could be a sign of an anatomical issue. One possible cause could be a spinal fluid leak. Spinal fluid is a clear, watery fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. If there is a tear or hole in the tissue that surrounds the spinal cord, it can lead to a leak of this fluid.

In some cases, a spinal fluid leak can cause a runny nose, and it may be more noticeable on one side due to the location of the leak. Other symptoms of a spinal fluid leak might include a headache that worsens when upright and improves when lying down, changes in hearing or sense of taste, and a feeling of fluid moving in the back of the throat.

However, it’s important to note that a runny nose on one side could also be caused by other conditions, such as a deviated nasal septum. The nasal septum is the thin wall of bone and cartilage that separates the two sides of the nose. If it is crooked or deviated, it can cause airflow obstruction and lead to symptoms like a runny nose, nasal congestion, and difficulty breathing through the affected side.

In my personal experience, I had a deviated nasal septum, and it caused one side of my nose to constantly feel congested and runny. It was frustrating because no matter how much I blew my nose or tried to clear it, the issue persisted. Eventually, I sought medical attention and was diagnosed with a deviated septum. I ended up undergoing surgery to correct it, and it greatly improved my symptoms.

To determine the cause of your symptoms, it’s best to consult with a medical professional. They can evaluate your symptoms, perform any necessary tests, and provide an accurate diagnosis. They may recommend treatments such as medications, nasal sprays, or even surgical intervention, depending on the underlying cause.

Remember, this is just general information and not medical advice. It’s always best to seek professional guidance for your specific situation.