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Diagnostic Tests for Runny nose

Diagnostic Test list for Runny nose:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Runny nose includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Full examination of the ears, nose and throat
    • Palpate the sinuses for tenderness that may suggest sinusitis
    • Feel the lymph nodes in the neck for enlargement
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Electrolytes
    • Serum IgE (elevated in allergic rhinitis)
    • RAST allergy testing for specific allergens in allergic rhinitis
    • Serum ANCA for Wegener's granulomatosis
    • Syphilis serology, if indicated
  • Radiological investigations
    • Sinus X-Ray
    • CT Scan of nasal cavity and sinuses may be indicated
  • Nasal smear and culture - for bacteria and fungi. May also look for eosinophils (type of blood cell) which indicates allergic rhinitis.
  • Skin smear from the skin or nasal lining - for detecting the organism responsible for leprosy, if suspected.
  • Skin prick allergy testing for specific allergens in allergic rhinitis
  • Nasopharyngoscopy - by Ears, nose and Throat specialist may be indicated.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Runny nose causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Runny nose:

The following list of conditions have 'Runny nose' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Runny nose:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Runny nose' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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