After Bypass Surgery, Why Does Your Nose Run So Frequently?

Question

Asked by Paula Moyer

After Bypass Surgery, Why Does Your Nose Run So Frequently?

My husband had bypass surgery 4 wks ago and he has to have a hanky because his nose runs frequently. What is this from and will it go away? he didn't have this problem before surgery.

Answer

A persistent runny nose, also known as "rhinorrhea," can be related to a number of factors. Although it would be a bit of a stretch to link the problem to your husband's recent surgery, he should still be evaluated by a physician to determine the cause of his rhinorrhea and hopefully treat it. A likely scenario is that he's developed seasonal allergies, and his surgery coincided with a weather change. But if he's never had this symptom in his life and it began just after surgery, he should be evaluated by a doctor. He or she can determine whether it's a standard runny nose, or a rare case of fluid leakage from the central nervous system.