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Gustatory rhinitis (runny nose when eating)IndicationsRhinitis Gustatory rhinitis is a watery, runny nose that occurs in connection with eating and is not caused by allergic reactions. It is mainly treated locally with nasal sprays. In self-medication, antihistamines (e.g. azelastine) and, if prescribed by a doctor, anticholinergics (ipratropium bromide) are used.

Synonymous: Gustatory rhinorrhea, runny nose when eating, runny nose when eating


A runny nose (rhinorrhea) occurs in connection with eating. As a rule, there is no itching, sneezing, eye involvement or nasal congestion as with allergic rhinitis, for example with hay fever. Runny nose while eating is bothersome and a psychosocial problem.

Causes Triggers

In connection with the food. In some cases, but not exclusively, spicy or spicy foods.

Differential diagnosis

Other forms of rhinitis such as a cold or an allergic runny nose such as hay fever.

Non-drug treatment

If only certain foods trigger the runny nose, they can be avoided. In some cases, surgery is possible.


Antihistamine nasal sprays such as azelastine can be used for self-medication. Azelastine has shown good effectiveness in studies to treat vasomotor / non-allergic rhinitis. In Switzerland, however, it is only officially approved for allergic rhinitis. Anticholinergics (parasympatholytics) such as ipratropium bromide in the form of nasal sprays are also used for medical treatment. It is used preventively before meals or at the onset of symptoms. Antihistamines or anticholinergics can in principle also be administered internally, but this increases the risk of undesirable effects.

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