Michellee Asked October 2012

My grandfather has an constantly runny nose. Could it have been caused by his stroke?

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My 79-year-old Grandad had a stroke last year and it's effected him really badly but the main problem is his nose keeps running constantly and he is very aggressive since he's had the stoke. When his nose run's it's clear fluid and it drips all the time and sometime's he doesn't even realise or feels it dripping. His nose drips like a tap it's awful, has the stroke caused this or is it something else?

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Nojoy3 Apr 2015
I would think it is probably medication related. Different medications can cause this problem in some people. Talk with your Grandfather's doctor about it, maybe he can change his meds around. If not, it may be something he'll just have to live with. You may also want to research the medications yourself on the internet or talk with your pharmacist before talking with the doc. The more info you have the better.
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iamsusan Apr 2015
Ever since my father had a stroke 4 years ago, his nose has run clear fluid like a faucet. It causes him to cough a lot as well because of the drainage. Hope someone can eventually give us an answer that might help.
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freqflyer Mar 2015
Has any doctors suggested using antihistamines or allergy nose sprays to help with the running nose?
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Shelli1970 Mar 2015
Ever since my father had a stroke 5 years ago, his nose has run clear fluid like a faucet. He also has severe lung congestion. Hope someone can eventually give us an answer as to how to deal with this.
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Elke14 Dec 2014
I wonder if the nasal drip can be caused by the medication the patient is taking.
"... Some medications can cause nonallergic rhinitis. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), and high blood pressure (hypertension) medications, such as beta blockers. Nonallergic rhinitis can also be triggered in some people by sedatives, antidepressants, oral contraceptives or drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. ..."] My dad (age 78) is having a constantly running nose since he had a stroke and has been taking high blood pressure medication and daily ASS100. Has anyone more info on this?
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Lily2014 Apr 2014
My dad had a stroke and his nose runs clear fluid also . Had you had any feed back on this?
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My 91-year old Mother had some kind of event (probably a TIA) about two months ago. Afterward, her nose ran a lot for several weeks. She also had some weakness on the right side, and more difficulty speaking. As her speech and strength have improved with OT and PT, I've noticed her nose isn't running as much.

I'm glad you asked this question, because I had wondered if the runny nose was related to the TIA. Mother's situation sounds exactly like your Grandad's--clear fluid, sometimes she doesn't seem to notice it. It sounds as if the part of the brain that was affected by the stroke/TIA may control the nasal fluid.
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