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mrs. peabody
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   Posted 3/11/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Tham I'd be interested to hear what your ENT says as I also have been referred to one. Only part problem is allergies but i've learned that those are seasonal - I thought it was year round. It took some time to parse out what problem was what. It's not just one thing. Thoe extreme "wasabi" symptoms you are experiencing sound all too familiar. In the springtime it just gets worse. My situation is a lifestyle for me as it sounds like it is for you. The last time I wrote in I was going to modify my diet cutting most white foods out. In doing so it cuts out the foods that turn to sugar in my system which apparently causes the candida. My symptoms have improved by maybe 30%. At least it has gone from unbearably stingy, frustrating and exhausting ALL the time to more moderate sneezing. The sneezing is still constant and my nose still very sensitive.

My thoughts are that once you get this situation going, the constant blowing and sneezing over several years makes the mucous membranes very very sensitive so even if a temp solution is found to alleviate SOME or part of the problem, you still get the super sensitive nose which will react to anything.

Good luck!

Glacier
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   Posted 3/12/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I did notice tham that it happens when I am routing around in places that haven't been disturbed for a while like in the back of closets or under the bed or vacuuming and moving furniture to get under or in back of.
 
It doesn't happen while I am actually doing this stuff it's THAT night while I am sleeping.
 
Like whatever it is that flew up there needed some time to dig in and start tormenting me.
But then again, you could be around someone that is wearing something they had in the back of their closet. confused
 
One or two sessions with the NettiPot usually takes care of the problem. I can't do it twice in a row in each nostril, I have to wait a few hours to see if the first time got it.

Harley Dude
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   Posted 3/20/2011 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem. It's like a wild hair or something in one nostril that causes constant sneezing and dripping (clear fluid). It becomes more irritated when I breathe through my nose. My wife told me it sounds like a nerve. (She's a Physical Therapist and understands nerves.) Apparently, itching is the lowest level sympton. I've tried nasal washes and saline spray to no effect. Now I think I'll try and find an answer to calming a nerve to see if that works.

Post Edited (Harley Dude) : 3/20/2011 11:07:20 PM (GMT-6)


DiamondsNGloss
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   Posted 5/31/2011 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everybody Im Kiki I Wanna Join 02 Because My Nose Is Bothering Me So Badly. it started itching sunday its the inside of my nose its itches i think something bit me but i really dont know.my father said maybe i pulled a hair my stepmom sed maybe a mosquito bit it.but the inside of my nose feel lumpy and at night i cant gp to sleep because it bothers me i trie putting acohol there but it doesnt work also tried to put a wet tissue there to ......SOMEONE PLZ STOP THE ITCH

couchtater
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   Posted 6/1/2011 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Try saline spray. If it still bothers you ask your parents to take you to the doctor.
Joy

ChristineGeorge
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   Posted 6/7/2011 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Purrrman said...
My condition has gotten worse since I wrote about it. It now seems to have moved into into my sinuses. I still have no congestion, but I constantly drip clear mucous. There has never been any sign of an infection, such as yellow or green mucous. It's almost like water coming out of my head. Here's the most recent development. You know that sensation you get in your sinuses if you eat a bite of something with a large amount of horseradish or wasabi, or you breath in smelling salts or ammonia? That's how my sinuses are feeling now if I inhale through my nose. Exhaling is okay. Consequently, I'm breathing more through my mouth to avoid that. Also, this pain makes using my C-PAP machine difficult. My doctor has told me she now thinks this is NOT allergy related, and she has referred me to an ENT. I have that appointment on Tuesday, and I will report anything conclusive.


Hi Purrman,

How was your doctor's visit and what was the doctor's diagnoses? I too suffer from sinusitis.

Usually chronic sinusitis suffers discharge yellow/green mucus and acute sinusitis suffers discharge clear colored mucus.

Good luck.

skyehigh1
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   Posted 7/10/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read thru everyone's statements, and I'm glad I'm not alone.
I'd like to add one more possibility to the problem... a deviated septum.
My itch is in the left nostril and is often insane in it's intensity. Clear drip, yes, and makes my left eye water too. Violent sneezing a hundred times a day (just sneezed right now, lol!)
I have a severe deviated septum, severe in the way that the curve inside my nasal passage is so great that it cuts off the air in my left nostril almost completely. The right side is open wide. I can not breathe normally thru that one nostril, and would definitely suffocate if I had to rely on that left side.
The "bug" someone up there referred to got me thinking....
Could this insane never ending itch have something to do with that severe curve?
Also, how many of you drink? This could also be a cause of the itch. After all, an alcoholic has a big puffy red nose, do they not? I for one have a few drinks everyday after work, and a few more than that on weekends.

It sure would be nice to get an answer about this that doesn't involve allergies, as I'm sure we all agree it IS NOT.

evan1138
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   Posted 7/25/2011 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
A small bug flew up my wife's nose a few hours ago. Symptoms like Tham's came on in less than an hour. She is now miserable, sneezing jags, nose running like faucet, exhaustion, pain from exertion, not seeming like an allergic reaction. I'm writing to provide details about this actual bug-in-the-nose onset.

crustydusty
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   Posted 7/27/2011 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
THIS WORKS:

I had the same problem you all describe, the irritation in one nostril like a bug or an enlarged vein. It started when I was in the backyard doing some yard work. I thought it was allergies but it was just too weird and uncomfortable all the sneezing and snot running. Yuck! So I did some Googling. This forum had no help, just a lot of people asking for the solution. I found the answer on Yahoo Answers, of all places. I felt compelled to come back here and offer a solution to you, here it is.

TRY THIS - it worked for me!!!
Put some Vick's vapor rub or IcyHot on your finger and and apply it to the area up inside your nose. It will soothe it away. It sounds like it will be a shock to the senses but trust me it's not, if you apply it just to the inside of your nose. First time I tried I rubbed it on the outside of my nose. Don't do that! I had been blowing my nose all day so the skin was sensitive and it burned the skin on my nose and upper lip - just wash off with warm water and soap to make the burning go away. You won't have this problem if you just apply the ointment up in your nose. Eyes may water, more snot may run, but you should feel relief instantly! You might want to keep a wet wash cloth handy to keep your snot from carrying the ointment from inside your nose out on to sensitive skin on your face.

Strange problem and strange solution! Gotta love it!

tham
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   Posted 8/18/2011 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
OK, I started this thread a few years back - I was just Google searching my problem to find any answers (have done this many times before) and found my own thread with new posts!

To the person who used Vicks / Icy Hot - whyich one did you try? They are different, aren't they? I'll try anything but I'd like to know the details on how you reacted to each.

Thanks.

Clown2
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   Posted 8/24/2011 2:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I too have the same problem. I've had it for about 2 months. Does anyone have a "doctor's solution or accurate diagnosis" for this?
I'm surprised that there seems to be so many people with the same exact symptoms but no solutions or diagnoses at all. As much as I want a solution or at least a diagnosis, I'm also curious about why there seems to be so many unsolved common cases of things like this. I've had other situations and found lots of people that have the same situations on the web but have never found any answers. Well, I read a lot of answers that I guess are possible solutions, like removing tooth fillings to reduce mercury, and things like that, but there's got to be better diagnoses and answers. Any ideas? :) Or maybe a link to better sites? :)
All the best!

seansk
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   Posted 10/5/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a dentist, but do a greate deal of research on sinus and sinuse disease. After all its all in the head and neck.

It might be a case of vasomotor rhinitis...basically the nerve endings in your nose become oversensitive is the main theory, the actual cause is sometimes unknown and is of non allergic origin, usually creating allergy type symptoms...but it is not a true allergy...there are triggers for this, it could be anything from cigarette smoke, to smog, ozone, perfume, cold temp, hot temp, change in barometric pressure...even pollen, dust and allergens can irritate the nerves without actually having an actually allergy. avoiding the triggers help if you find out what they are...obviously, smog and ozone are things we cannot escape. atrovent, astepro which have the same active ingredient ipratropium bromide help many people with the WET kind of vasomotor rhinitis. use of capsasin has also been shown to improve symptoms. There are some people who have the same sensitivity without the watery nasal secretion, but just dry congestion. for more information go to: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nonallergic-rhinitis/DS00809.

just curious...is the side that is itchy your dominant side? usually the dominant side has a more sensitive nerve complex thus allowing you to do finer things like write and perform things that otherwise you could not with the other hand. Thus nerve distribution and sensitivity on that side might be more pronounced.

Cliffystones
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   Posted 10/13/2011 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Note to Purrman,

Your situation sounds exactly like mine, except mine's in the right nostril (I'm left handed?). Especially when you say the CPAP helps it (mine does) and going outside in cold air (Colorado, 6300 feet, chilly). I thought that the CPAP might be drying out a sore spot up there, but baseline applied didn't seem to soothe it.

I also have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) which is like the Candida problem others here have mentioned.

On the advice from other comments I decided to try the Vapo-Rub as I was beginning to write this. While still a little itchy, it does seem to provide relief. And my fear of it feeling like someone putting hot coals up my nose was unfounded. Time will tell if this helps long term. I will get bvact to this forum and provide an update.

Cliffystones
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   Posted 10/13/2011 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Seansk,

I just noticed that your post mentioned a "dominant side". My irritation is on the right, and I'm left-handed. I have to wonder if the others have a hand-nostril correlation? After all, the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body and vice-versa.

cucci338
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   Posted 10/20/2011 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,
This just started happening to me 2 days ago, never ever happened before. 2 days ago I went and had my upper right wisdom tooth removed (it was pulled, it had already grown in, but had died from a cavity). Now in my left nostril there is that "bug" feeling that WILL NOT GO AWAY! I can hardly concentrate at work and at home. If this doesn't get any better I will see a doctor and hopefully get an answer.

awloks
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   Posted 10/22/2011 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Weird! Mine is in my left nostril (I'm right handed). It started a few days ago when I was jogging in an indoor track. I figured it was an allergic reaction to mold (the only thing I'm allergic too). But it wont let up and it hurts to breath! Constant burning, itching, and clear mucus drips. Intense sneezes. Makes my left eye water. I've been spraying cromolyn sodium in it every couple hours but it really doesn't help much at all. I wonder if it has something to do with the weather change--this thing started when the the temperature dropped.

sotaroca
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   Posted 11/1/2011 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I've started having this same problem recently. It began as an occasional minor irritation and twice now it has been really bad - around 6-8 hours of strong, nonstop itching/tickling/twitching sensation at the top of one nostril along with running nose and watering eyes from the irritation. Not fun at all.

Seansk sounds correct in that it may be a case of oversensitive nerves. I don't feel like there's something up my nose, but I feel like there's a "ticklish spot" that reacts as strongly as a sensitive tooth does to to cold.

Dealing with it - I finally gave up and got a neti pot and it's surprisingly helpful. I was definitely squeamish with the whole idea of pouring water through my nose, but it was comfortable. It feels absolutely nothing like getting water up your nose when swimming (which hurts/burns) - the solution goes up and across your lower nostrils and not "up" your nose.

Out of sheer frustration, I also tried putting chloraseptic up the nostril (for those who don't know, it's a sore throat spray that contains a numbing agent) using a q-tip, and it definitely helped, but was temporary - only about 20 minutes. Since it's designed for use in the mouth, I think it's safe but would love to hear if anyone knows otherwise.

If it happens again, I'm thinking about increasing the numbing agent idea and maybe going with lidocane or something similar. If the problem actually is an over-reactive nerve, then the temporary numbing makes sense.

Anyone have any other ideas?

Ladeda
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   Posted 11/6/2011 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry if this is a bit long and kind of all over the place, I'm up again at an absurd time due to sneezing and just came across this, so figured I'd throw in whats been happening to me as well.

I've been experiencing the crazy nose itching for a few years now (left nostril), along with a constant runny nose as well. It all seemed to have started after I had caught a really bad cold from a friend, and along with that I had a bad ear infection as well. I was given drops to put in my ears and took a bit of cold medicine to help with the coughing and sneezing. My cold seemed to clear up just fine in a few days, but my runny nose persisted and I was suddenly sneezing constantly. It seemed like any little smell or breeze caused me to sneeze.

I've been to several doctors, who have done x-rays and allergy tests and all suggest nasal sprays and everything you can think of, but nothing seems to help. Only the left nostril has that weird sneezing sensation, but there is clear discharge from both nostrils and both are constantly runny (there is yellow discharge usually after I haven't blown my nose for about an hour or so -- which is rare besides for mornings). I do take sinus pills now and then, which does seem to calm the sneezing and running nose down a bit, but even then I still have to pack kleenex around with me everywhere. I find it extremely frustrating and embarrassing and I'm getting to the point where I just want to give up on everything and sit at home all day with a box of kleenex because I spend most of my time blowing my nose or sneezing as it is. I can't breathe through my nose at all anymore, and have been breathing through my mouth for the last few years as well since after this started. I constantly am up about 2-3 hours each night from sudden sneezing fits and due to this I feel like I never get enough sleep and am constantly waking up grumpy, which is really putting a strain on everything in my life.

I do live in a house with 2 dogs and 2 smokers, and I have noticed that the cigarette smoke really bothers me when it never used to before (I've lived with smokers my entire life and it didn't bother me until after I had that bad cold). The dogs also never bothered me, but now I have to wash my hands and face after I pet them or play with them, when before they would sleep in my bedroom, sometimes even on my pillow (small house dogs) and I never used to get sneezy at all. Perfume bothers me, hairspray, scented candles, laundry detergent, and sometimes even just someone opening a door for a few seconds sets me off into a sneezing attack. I find it a bit weird because like I said, I don't breath through my nose anymore and if I try to I am gasping for breath within a few seconds because there is just no air flow through my nostrils. And I find it really hard to actually smell things, but yet these things set me off sneezing within a second or two of smelling them (which it seems like its done more though my mouth, since when I actually try to smell something with my nose I can't seem to smell anything, but if I'm walking in a store and someone walks by with perfume I 'smell' it but not with my nose.).

I'm heading back to a new doctor soon, hopefully they'll have something useful for me, but in the meantime if anyone has any suggestions I would really love to hear them (besides nasal sprays & being in a house without the smokers & dogs - I've tried it for a few months and it didn't make much difference since I usually leave the room as it is when people smoke to avoid the sneezing and I've learned to wash my hands & face frequently around the dogs)!

ledotter
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   Posted 11/6/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Question for everyone - has anyone had a nasal swab taken and cultured for fungus, bacteria, virus??? I have the same problem, left nostril only, and found that my nose is colonized (NOT infected) with the bacteria klebsiella oxytoca a condition usually found only in saw mill workers. These bacteria are normal soil bacteria and found in wood shavings/sawdust and I figure I picked it up in the garden or from the wood pellets I use in my pellet stove (lots of sawdust). Since human cells in our bodies are outnumbered 10 to 1 by bacteria/fungus/virus and other non-human cells it is entirely possible that a "colony" has set up "house keeping" in our nasal passages. While the use of mentholated rubs provides temporary relief I find that hydrogen peroxide or dilute (7%) bleach solution on a q-tip provides long term relief if used regularly (three times a day) over a period of three weeks (long after symptoms clear up). I think we will find that we all have different types of "colonies" so I would recommend asking your doctor for a swab and a culture! Then tailor your "treatment" to the type of organism - bacteria, fungus, virus or??? I find avoiding processed foods also helps to prevent flare ups. Good luck - this is a ROYAL PAIN IN THE A**!

Ladeda
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   Posted 11/8/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the idea Ledotter, I'll have to mention that once I'm in to see the doctor. At this point anything that helps for more than an hour or two at a time would be absolutely amazing!

ledotter
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   Posted 11/9/2011 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Ladeda, You are welcome and by the way I am a smoker and have a dog - neither has any thing to do with the nasal discharge/itch/pain. Get the swab and culture done and see what kind of "bug" is bugging you! Good luck.

Baci101
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   Posted 11/23/2011 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Add me to the list - have had this on and off over the least couple of years. I have it now and it's enough to drive me crazy. I have always considered it to be an allergic response and. like others I'm perplexed as to why a definitive solution has not been found. It really does feel like I've got a bug up there jumping up and down on the part of my sinus that makes me sneeze. If anyone has made progress with an accurate medical diagnosis or indeed a treatment then I'm all ears!!

Delphine2011
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   Posted 11/27/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Wish there was an easy fix for this!  Last night out of the blue I got the tickle and just started sneezing over and over again, every time I would breath in through my left nostril.  Then came the runny nose - just clear fluid really.  I tried liquid Benadryl at bedtime - helped a little bit, but I didn't sleep much.  Kept waking up and started sneezing again.  This morning it seems to be affecting my eye - keeps watering.  The Benadryl only works for a short time to lessen the frequency of sneezing bouts.  I tried a Neti-pot - the little plastic teapot with a saline solution that you pour through your nostrils - sounds gross, but it did help a little.  Nothing works for very long I am afraid.  Just tried the Vapo rub inside the nostril.  Definitely calms it down a bit.  The tickle is still there, just not quite so annoying that I am sneezing constantly and wanting to rub my nose off of my face.  Ten minutes without a sneeze - hurray :)  I've never sneezed much in my life, except when I have a cold - this is exhausting.
Wasn't sure what I was going to find when I googled this condition, but at least I found this forum.  Hope someone comes up with a long term solution.  The nerve condition sounds possible - something is definitely irritated in there to cause these symptoms to come on so quickly. 

Denngy
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   Posted 11/28/2011 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Me,too.
Really started suffering about a year after starting with a CPAP. The ENT said the CPAP could be to blame and offered surgery which I refused. He gave me me ipatropium 0.03% nasal spray which does not seem effective. I will try to use it more often then prescribed.
The runy right nostril is not permanent but comes and goes during the year and is very incapacitating when it strikes. I have tried alll nasal irrigation, nasonex, and varying the moisture levekl on the CPAP output. Nothing reliable, but as others mention, no problem while the CPAP is being used..
A Vicks inhaler does soothe away the sneezing somewhat and benedryl does help with at least 50 mg per dose, some times 2 or three times each day. Preesing my finger against the turbinator bone also gives relief, as does leaving a little bit of kleenex in the nostril.

I have stopped the runny dose cold, twice. I use denorex shampoo(coal tar, menthol,camphor) by placing a drop of undiluted shampoo in the nostril and washing it through my nose with the shower head. A little painful but desperate times require desperate measures. Dabbing it in with a q-tip doesn't do it/ Inhaling the fumes from the mouth of the shampoo bottle does give relief but doesn't stop it.

It seems like the problem is something physical, like damage from the CPAP usage but I also wonder if it might be a brain malfunction. I think one needs to know exactly what the cause is before one can cure it.
Whatever it is, it is in my nose and driving me nuts today !

euro
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   Posted 12/1/2011 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently found out I have a deviated septum, the cartilage divider in our noses which can be more to one side than the other, making one nostril smaller than normal. That is common either from birth or injury but for some it is more severe. It sounds to me that we may have allergies that can start at any time in our lives and with a deviated septum drainage is more difficult. A deviated septum does cause blockage and dryness in the nose as well as nosebleeds for some. Hope this helps.
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