Why Does My Nose Run When I Eat?
Nasal Congestion After Eating: Causes & Symptoms
When you eat food, your body releases digestive enzymes into your stomach which breaks down the foods. These enzymes are made up of amino acids and other compounds. They break down the proteins in the food so it doesn’t get stuck inside your intestines and cause blockage or irritation.
These digestive enzymes make you feel full quickly but they don’t digest the nutrients properly. This causes your body to release gas and other substances into your lungs. You may have a cough or even wheeze due to these gases entering your lungs.
It is very common for people with allergies to experience symptoms like sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and runny nose after eating certain foods such as nuts, seeds, milk products, eggs etc.
Symptoms of Nasal Congestion:
Runny nose and/or sore throat. This usually happens within minutes of eating something. It gets better after a few hours. Sometimes it lasts longer than 24 hours.
If left untreated, it can lead to pneumonia (fluid in the lungs) or bronchiolitis obliterans (inflammation of the airways).
How Do I Stop My Nose From Running When I Eat?
If you have allergic rhinitis then the best way to stop this happening is to get your allergies treated (as discussed above).
If you have a cold or the flu then you should try to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and use over the counter medications to help with your fever, aches, pains etc.
If you have a virus, then there is no cure and it just needs time to run its course.
If you have post nasal drip or acid reflux then you may need to see your doctor for treatment.
But when it comes to food allergies, it’s very important that you be aware of what you are eating.
Sources & references used in this article:
What’s up with my nose?! Part 2 by C Gale – 1987 – JSTOR
Consuming geographies: We are where we eat by B Burke – 2015 – Pickle Partners Publishing
Drifting my own way: Following my nose and my heart. by R Honey – sumovia.com