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)!