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Sneezing, running nose and tearing after colonoscopy
A study published in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2011 confirmed that patients getting supplemental oxygen via nasal cannula during colonoscopy can develop symptoms of rhinitis. Symptoms of rhinitis include sneezing, rhinorrhea (runny nose), itchy nose, tearing.
These symptoms only occur in about 3% of patients.
The symptoms do not appear to be the related to seasonal allergies.
Symptoms can last a few days at times.
Treatment of these symptoms depends on the severity. For many, the symptoms will go away on their own. For some, treatment is necessary. Try humidifiers or saline nasal sprays first. Decongestants may help. Decongestants may be in tablet form like Sudafed or nasal spray like Afrin. Some people may benefit from an antihistamine nasal spray like Astelin or a steroid nasal spray like Flonase.
Over the counter antihistamines like Benadryl and Zyrtec do not seem to work well for this condition.
Rhinitis after colonoscopy is not life threatening and will eventually go away.
Can I prevent sneezing, running nose and tearing after colonoscopy?
- If possible, limit oxygen supplemental rate to 2 to 4 liters per minute. This problem appears to occur more with higher rates of flow.
- Use a face mask instead of nasal cannula if possible.
- If you have had this problem before, be sure to inform your physician before your procedure.
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I have the described very uncomfortable symptoms after colonoscopy and wonder if it is necessary to give supplemental oxygen in the procedure.
I already felt discomfort once the oxygen started but passed out before I could communicate it to the nurse.
I feel the patient should be made aware of possible consequences and asked to consent.
Appreciate your comment. This condition is under-reported and therefore under-appreciated. You need oxygen during sedation to prevent hypoxia. Anesthetic agents (sedatives) can cause hypoxia. Not all patients suffer from this condition after colonoscopy. We need more research on who is prone to this condition. Perhaps, it should be mentioned as a possible adverse events.
Started sneezing immediately after and have continued all day, hopefully I will not crack another vertebra in my back like I did with flu earlier this year.
Feel like I keep inhaling pepper. Worst sneezing I’ve ever had. Antihistamines don’t help.. This is the second day. Don’t think I can even work or drive
I had a colonoscopy today. Soon as they wheeled me into recovery the sneezing started. I am miserable. Sneezing at first then runny nose and eye both on my left side. Nose is running like a water faucet. Keep getting this irritating feeling in my nose like there’s a spider crawling in my nostril. Only on the left side. When will this stop.
Same symptoms after EGD running and burning nose and eyes that started after EGD at hospital. Had a little blood on tissue nurse gave me showed this to my nurse she said it was alright. I’m miserable right now. When will it go away? 69 y.o. female
Have been reading all the complaints.Same for me had the colonoscopy yesterday started sneezing whilst being wheeled into recovery .I had one done a few years ago but did not get those symptoms.Was so misreable last night hope it goes away .
I have this problem
I can’t stop sneezing my nose is running and I told the anesthesiaologist the o2 was too much and painful he said I quote “ don’t worry your pain will be gone and administered the anethisia medication” before I could respond again.
OMG! First day immediately same symptoms…by the time, I arrived home- facial paon. I knew it was rhinitis. 2 days later, itchy stuffy nose n sneezing. So, Claritin or Zyrtek won’t help? Nasal sprays makr my nose burn.
I am a 62 yr old female and I just had a colonoscopy today and immediately after my nose started running. It is 10 hrs later still running… I will have it put in my chart for next time.
I just had a colonoscopy today and about 6 hours I suddenly started sneezing and have a runny itchy nose .
14 hours later and still going thru this !!
I don’t know what was used for sedation but oxygen with the nose pieces was used ….??? I am 56 years old and had the same procedure 4 years ago and don’t remember any issues ?
I am glad other people are confirming this. The same thing just happened to me starting when I was in recovery it is the next day and I still have a symptom. It itches up inside my https://bowelprepguide.com/sneezing-running-nose/I am glad other people are confirming this. The same thing just happened to me starting when I was in recovery it is the next day and I still have a symptom. It tickles inside my left nostril and my nose is running and eye testing. I sneeze and blow my nose a lot.
Just had a colonoscopy today. I had oxygen inserted through my nose before the procedure. Immediately upon waking sneezing and runny nose. Seems to be improving as time day goes on.
I’ve had my 2nd colonoscopy today..and this was the first time I came home with sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. I assume they did not use face mask because I was also having an upper GI done. My condition has worsened throughout the day. I’m hoping it’s better tomorrow. If not I will try a saline spray.
I had an endoscopy yesterday with oxygen administered via a mast. From the moment the mask was removed the sneezing and runny nose started. Last night I also had neuralgia. It is now 31 hours later and the runny nose is still outrageous and I can’t do anything because I must hold a tissue under my nose at all times. The sneezing has also continued but is improved. Extremely uncomfortable. The endoscopy was a piece of cake but the runny nose is awful.I
I hope you feel better soon. Follow the recommendations suggested in the article. Good luck!
I have the same Issue. I just had an endoscopy/colonoscopy today, with the O2 tubes in my nose. I was not informed of any possible side effects of the oxygen administered. Immediately upon waking and so far 12 hours later, the sneezing started with a severe runny nose, Rhinitis! I thought it was my usual pollen allergy at first, but realized it was severe and worsening. When I researched this info online. I stumbled onto the cause being oxygen and not the propofol! Thank you. I just need a remedy and should have been Warned before the procedure!
Today is Tuesday July 28 and I had a colonoscopy done on Friday, July 24. My right eye is still watering like crazy and it’s slightly swollen. Inside and far up the right side of my nose, it feels like there’s a blister or an abrasion. It hurts to breathe through my nose and I’m all stuffy. I’ve gone through at least one box of kleenex. Hope this ends soon. I’ve never had an oxygen cannula before but it hurt as soon as it was put in my nose (on the right side) but I passed out before I could say something. I’ve been using saline spray and Afrin but doesn’t seem to help very much. What causes this?
I read this happens to around 3% of population following a surgical procedure. Yours was in July 2018 mine was February 19 all the other incidents in between yours and mine looks to be more than 3% and there seems to be around 40 complaints. These are only the ones we have heard about.
I am having same issues only on the right side. I have a headache also. I am taking benadryl. I tried ointment. Nothing is helping. I said something to nurse as soon as I woke up.
I had a colostomy yesterday. I also started experiencing running nose and sneezing. When the nurse called the next day for a follow up, I told her about my symptoms. She told ME that it was impossible to link the two and that I must have had a head cold lingering before the procedure. I’m glad I found this website.
Well I’m a nurse anesthetist and do this all the time … however I was the patient yesterday and am experiencing severe symptoms after taking all med options and still watering eye and sneezing almost 20 hours later. It occurs in 3% wasn’t aware this was an issue in such short cases . Misery
This was me to the “T”. I would have told the tech too much airflow..very uncomfortable but was out before I could.
Had the same symptoms last week after a colonoscopy. On line found a solution was to place Vaseline deep in the nostrils with a q-tip squab . At first I sneezed again one time then the sneezing and dripping from the nose for the next 12 hours stopped. I treated again every 12 hours and it help. Took about 3 days for the symptoms to completely stop. Hope this helps.
I just had a colonoscopy yesterday. As soon as the nurse pulled the tubes out of my nose I noticed phlegm in my sinuses. I mentioned it to her. And she suggested it was something else.
I was screened for Covid-19 before the procedure and had zero symptoms. If I had the procedure would have been cancelled.
Today I am still dealing with watery eyes, mucus in the sinuses, and sneezing. Last night I did a saline flush and will do so again today.
I shall report it to someone so they can monitor.
Oh no, I have it, too. Colonoscopy this AM. Told them immediately that the oxygen was burning my nostril, they said too bad and put me to sleep. Woke up back in the room with the oxygen still on, noticed my right nostril was stuffed and burning, asked to take it off, starting blowing my nose and haven’t stopped since. It is literally flowing like a faucet and still uncomfortable way up in the nasil passage. Also bothering my eye and my forehead. It is a flood. I tried flonase, didn’t help. I have to make this stop. I don’t have any decongestant, so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow. The canulla they used was really long and went way up into my nostril and only flowed into the right nostril. I looked online and there was a study about this, and it’s better when using a nasal mask. I just need help to make this stop. Can’t handle it!
Oh my something happened to me
Never happened before
Horrible burning unilateral from nasal
Cannula and 02
Anesthetist ignored me
And immediately sedated me; still going on 3 days later running
Had a colonoscopy this morning. Felt the strong oxyen in my right nostril. In the car ride home I felt my right nostril was very dry. Soon after running nose, sneezing and teary eyes. 12 hours now since procedure and my nose is a faucet and I can stop sneezing. My throat is so sore from the drainage and sneezing. How long will this last?
Had the same symptoms last week after a colonoscopy. On line found a solution was to place Vaseline deep in the nostrils with a q-tip squab . At first I sneezed again one time then the sneezing and dripping from the nose for the next 12 hours stopped. I treated again every 12 hours and it help. Took about 3 days for the symptoms to completely stop. Hope this helps.
Im facing the same issue since yesterday. can somebody suggest how to deal with this, than my procedure this nose is hurting !
I just had a endoscope this afternoon and have the same problem never had this before won’t stop
Me too, had colonoscopy yesterday within half an hour after painless procedure I started sneezing and it has continued for almost 24 hours! Horrid! Reassuring to know it is a common side affect but can anybody tell me how long it will last – very embarrassing at work continuously sneezing!
Me too only 3rd day of it. I have no allergies. When will it stop?
I feel like I have a full fledged cold. I didn’t have any signs of a cold before I went under. But when I woke up I cold get enough Kleenex. I’ve been home awhile and I’m still sick.
I had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy yesterday and as soon as I woke up my right eye was running and I can’t stop sneezing I have a kind of tickle in my right nostril it’s driving me crazy
Omg so I’m not the only one !!! Had a gastroscope this afternoon and literally as soon as I woke up I started sneezing !!! It’s progressively got worse all night to point I’m nearly crying with the throbbing in my left nostril along with the most awful tingling,aching n runny nose non stop ! I already have chronic sinus problems and when I woke up I told the nurse I couldn’t stop sneezing but not one of the staff seemed to be aware of this reaction ! Aghhh it’s like having the sinus headcold from hell !!!
Somewhat reassured it is a common problem, though it doesn’t take the growing discomfort away. Sneezing, streaming and feeling like my nostril is raw! Developed during the journey home this afternoon and now feels like full head cold – was not expecting this as a side effect!
I had 3rd Colonscopy today and have these same issues. Running nose and sneezing. Never happened prior. I have taken Benedryl which is helping a bit. Seems strange as I had oxygen prior and also for childbirth but never had this issue
Just had a colonoscopy today and my nose has not stopped running since. I am also sneezing constantly and my nose itches. I thought it was a cold at first until I read all of this. I hope it goes away soon because I didn’t want to do this in the first place. All was normal Which is good but I feel like I wasted my time and now I feel sick.
I have all of the above symptoms. Had an EGD today. HELP!
Just got home from a colonoscopy. It started with the sneezing and runny nose as soon as I woke up. Funny thing is I had read about this last night while studying up in side effects. Just had a endoscopy 3 weeks ago at the same hospital and same dr. And I have had several other colonoscopies before this. Never had this happen. Only affects 3% of patients. You might know I would be one! I am miserable, feels like I have a head cold! I just can’t believe this. It is worse in my right nostril and it is a constant tickle that makes me think I must sneeze.
I have the very same symptoms after my colonoscopy and endoscopy. I have never had this before after the procedures. I finally decided to google to see if at all possible it was related and according to all these comments, yes it is, and I am not the only one. Woke up from procedure, my right eye watering, right nostril burning, stopped up, and then started flowing like a water faucet, and the urge to sneeze almost constantly. I never sneeze this much. Totally upset and plan on discussing this with my doctor. Call the office and her nurse said, not possible. I thought they had run something up my nostril and punctured something. Ugh
After posting my experience and rea
ding these comments I think it’s more than 3 %!!
I’m so glad I found this site! Usually when I have a symptom of something no one believes me. I had my second colonoscopy today and they used a nasal cannula for oxygen, which I have never had before in a procedure. I felt the flow a lot in my right nostril, so they turned it down which was better. Woke up before the end of the procedure, and they must have given me another dose of whatever twilight drug they used. up at the end and felt fine, but when I got back to post-op my right nostril kept feeling like I had to sneeze and my nose kept running – mostly my right nostril. Cut to 7 hours after getting home, and I’ve probably gone through a box of tissues and a multitude of napkins and the restaurant we ate at when I got done at hospital. I’ve taken Sudafed and it did nothing. My nose is so raw, and sometimes when I bend over the liquid starts to run out of my nose. It’s clear at least. But here’s the thing: During the Prep last night, while I was up and down in the bathroom, I noticed my nose ran some and I was a bit congested. Sooooo, is it all from the oxygen tube today, or was I maybe working up to some kind of rhinitis or cold? Either way, I’m miserable and have to go to work tomorrow.
Is there any consensus on how long this lasts? I had an endoscopy yesterday and upon waking, I started the same sensation of a tweaked nerve in my right nostril, tears pouring out with a swollen right eye, an incessant desire to sneeze, and incessant runny nose. I can’t see to drive and am out of work. 😖
I had my endoscopy 4 days ago and still have the stinging and burning and runny nose. I am taking claryntine which helps a little but this is driving me nuts. Has anyone else found relief with something? Help,,,😣
Same here, came on suddenly once awoke from nap on return home from colonoscopy. Right eye, nose teary and runny. Did noise spray to no avail, just took allergy pill veggie finding this online. Prep went easy but this is frustrating.
I’ve just had colonoscopy today and I don’t understand why the bung with tube is shoved up a nostril. I think that it is totally unnecessary and the reason why I am suffering so badly. I’ve never had an issue with local anaesthesia before but this is the first time I’ve had this oxygen shoved up one nostril which is not only painful but the nose is dripping all day and the sneezes are frequent. When I rang the hospital they said that this reaction is rare but just looking on the internet, I see there are many people who suffer this way. I suggested that on their feedback form that they have questions relating to how a patient is symptom wise after the event.
I also have this same issue after my colonoscopy yesterday. Started a couple of hours afterwards. Still sneezing and running nose and watering eyes today. My md office called to see how I was doing and I told her about my condition. She asked if it was a cold. I said I was sure it wasn’t and mentioned that I looked up online and this is a problem that occurs it seems with some patients due to oxygen use during procedure. She wasn’t aware of it either. Hope it stops soon. The constant sneezing it terrible. Can’t sleep
My doctors office called me as well and I told them my issues too. They also weren’t aware, or didn’t want to acknowledge the issues!
Good news is about 36 hours later, the symptoms have disappeared. Very strange!!
First and foremost, thank you for answering the question that I see many asking… approximately how long does this last. I had a colonoscopy around 2pm today. I was fine when they inserted the oxygen tubes into my nostrils but, as soon as the oxygen level was increased I smelled something different. I asked the anesthesiologist if that was the medicine to put me to sleep and was told no – it must be the oxygen that was just increased. When I woke from my procedure, I immediately felt a pain in my left nostril and ask the nurse for a tissue. Once I began to blow my nose to try and relieve the pain … I realized all of the symptoms that have been mentioned on this site. I thought that maybe the little oxygen tube that was on the leftside might have scratched the inside of my nose but, the nurse that placed the tubes in my nose was very gentle. So, after further research, I found this website / blog and my explanation. I find it hard to believe that this is not mentioned when an anesthesiologist speaks with you before a procedure. I understand that it apparently affects about 3% but, the way I feel right now … This is a symptom / side effect / annoyance / discomfort that should be mentioned pre-colonoscopy or pre- any procedure that a patient could be a part of the 3%.
I just had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy and the moment I woke my nose was tingling like I have to sneeze constantly 7 hours later my nostrils are burning still tingling and can’t stop sneezing I Noe the cause was the nasal canals but like others I wasn’t able to say before I was knocked out. Some say use saline solution I’m going to try if nothing works calling the Doctor cause this is horrible!
Had my colonoscopy yesterday and started sneezing in recovery. Blew my nose all afternoon and night. Found this article and comments after googling my symptoms. Took a decongestant as suggested in the article and slept with small piece of cotton in my right nostril. Today is much better with no sneezing or blowing. The staff should let you know that this may happen.
So glad to have found this guide as it’s been so helpful. I find it hard to believe this is only 3% of folks getting this. I was telling my best friend and she had the same as well. I’m not an allergy person and I sneezed more in 36 hours than I have in 5 years. And runny nose, eyes, just like a cold. I read this late last night and didn’t have any saline/sinus spray, so I took some lip balm, which has coconut oil and aloe, and rubbed it inside my nose. Literally, on contact, the burning and feeling like someone was holding black pepper under my nose dramatically improved. So it must be like a burn from the o2 and moisturizing helps. Thanks so much for your posts.
Just read an NIH study that showed 7% of patients who had a nasal cannula for oxygen during endoscopy got the rhinitis. After very many endo and colonoscopy procedures, yesterday was the first time I woke up with non-stop sneezing while still on the table. The nurses didn’t know what was happening, but my doc quickly identified it. He thought it would abate in a few hours, but it is still bad and I had a tiny bit of bleeding in my left nostril this morning. I followed this article and started with saline spray that helped a bit then later a decongestant that got me through the night, then today Flonase. The sneezing abated (not sure if that is the result of the decongestant I took earlier or the Flonase) but still runny nose and eyes. Thank you for the post and commenters.
What brand was it?
I had a colonoscopy yesterday and have been miserable ever since. My nose will not stop running – sneezing is constant – feel sick even though I was completely fine before I went in. Nostril burns and my eyes are watering. No idea how long it will last.
I remember feeling very distressed about the constant runny nose I had all symptoms like a cold headachey – I kept think I can’t work like this and I felt it would never end! But 3 days and all my symptoms vanished!
omg – thankful i found this as i am sitting here with a tissue up my left nostril from suffering all day yesterday …. after coming home from my colonoscopy !!! wondering do i have allergies or a cold … this blog was so helpful !!!!
I had a colonoscopy done yesterday and immediately felt a slight burning sensation in my right nostril. I didn’t think much about it until later when I returned home and began sneezing. I am still sneezing, my nose is running, and my eyes are itchy and swollen. This has happened in the past after previous colonoscopies but I always attributed it to perhaps a cold since I had the procedures in the winter. Now I know. I will inform the anesthesiologists when they ask me about allergic reactions.
I too had a colonoscopy yesterday and came home with a nasal sensation inside my left nostril. After about an hour I started sneezing, had constant watering eyes and nasal drip …. the drip was coming from the Left nostril ! I did a saline wash to both sides to get relief and it didn’t help. I ended up sticking kleenex up my nose ! Called the surgery center and dr this morning and of course neither contact had heard of such of thing. The clariton i took didn’t help .. thank god i found this blog …. i am part of the 3% LOL i will take decongestant tomorrow !
One of the 3%
I had colonoscopy today…
Had the same reaction today…as I had 5 years ago after my colonoscopy procedure…
As soon as I woke up in recovery room…..my nose started running… watery eyes and sneezing…
It is now…9-1/2 hours later
I still have those symptoms…
I did speak to the team before hand…their comment…was…that I probably had allergies to pollen…
I now know that I am having the reaction that everyone else is describing on this site…
As others have said…the procedure was not bad at all
but this after reaction…of runny nose, watery eyes & sneezing…is miserable…
I just got home from my colonoscopy. I was fine afterwards until the drive home then the sneezing and pain in my right nostril began. Now my eyes are tearing up. This is awful. I told my husband it had to do with the oxygen because I was feeling fine before.
Yep,,lucky me! I’m one of the 3% this happens to. Immediately after waking up, the sneezing and runny nose began. I will report it this morning as it has been almost 48 hours later. It is a nuisance but not unbearable.
Glad I found all your comments. Had colonoscopy yesterday and thought I was going crazy. Who ever heard of runny eye and dripping nose from the procedure! As others said, lucky us the 3%. This is actually worse than the prep! I used a little Vaseline in my nose after a saline solution. It helped the raw feeling in my nose.
Just had another colonoscopy and arrived home with a very tickly nostril , sneezing and headache. I have had many of these procedures before but never had these symptoms. I was given oxygen through my nose. It is comforting to read the comments here as I thought I must be getting a cold. So disappointed to be feeling so lousy. I was not told about this possible side effect
Yep – me too. Had an endoscopy a month ago and did not have this reaction. Right after the colonoscopy I woke up with a runny nose and sneezing. I feel this is a lot more than just occurring in 3% .
I really thought I had a head cold or had gotten a flu from my husband. This is good information!
Thanks everyone for your post, I’m 48 hours pass my colonoscopy and still suffering from the onset of sneezing that I’ve suffered from since my procedure. And hopeful it will pass after learning I’m not alone or crazy.
I am 9 days after having a colonoscopy and endoscopy. Woke up with my nose so plugged I couldn’t breath. Then the running started–like water. As stated, it has been 9 days. Things are slightly better, but still can’t go out due to my nose not stopping. Not sure what to do t this point. Looking for suggestions.
Had same thing really bad for 10 days. It’s been 2 months & right nostril still not 100%. Find it hard to believe the people in recovery room don’t know what this is. Couldn’t go out for 10 because couldn’t take the tissue plugs out of my nose.
Count me on post-endoscopy from yesterday. Sneezing started as I was leaving the hospital. Still have runny nose, like a faucet at times. Tickle in left nostril has lessened, but very annoying. They used a rather long cannula, and oxygen flow seemed high. Have had multiple colonoscopies without this condition. The one study does relate a higher incidence with longer Cannulae. This 3% incidence has to be low, mostly based on under-reporting. Thanks for everyone’s comments..
I searched and searched and glad to come across this. The minute I woke up after colonoscopy I asked for tissues. It has now been about 32 hours. My nose is still running and very sore and red from blowing. I have spent probably $50 on spray and pills. Nothing worked. Surgery center called to see how I was doing and I told them all the agony. Nurse said it was not unusual and that it was an allergic reaction…I should get allergy pills. Off I went to drugstore and they didn’t work either. Afrin did help somewhat, but not for long and you are only supposed to use it every 12 hours.I cancelled plans for rest of the week. I thought I had a cold and that it would be contagious.
It has been a long and exhausting 32 hours since colonoscopy. Dripping, sneezing and blowing myself into a very sore red nose. Cancelled plans for rest of week because I thought I was contagious. Have spent $50 on pills and spray. Now, at least I know why. Surgical center said to get Claritin and treat it as an allergy. Didn’t work. Afrin helped, but only for a short time and should only be used every 12 hours. Far worse than the pain in the butt!
Glad to know I’m not over reacting. I had a colonoscopy this morning. I noticed a slight discomfort in my right nostril when the oxygen cannula was applied but I thought I was just anxious. On leaving the facility I noticed congestion in my right nostril and began having sneezing episodes. I took an antihistamine on arrival home. After awakening from a nap the sneezing episodes continued. I became concerned and contacted the doctor who said it is not common and recommended saline nasal spray stating that oxygen causes drying of the nostril. I didn’t have saline spray so used hot wet towel which helped some. This side effect after oxygen use during a procedure should be relayed to the patient. I wonder if the doctors take this seriously.
I’m so glad to hear everyone’s comments. As soon as they removed the oxygen the itching and runny nose started. I’m a mess. It does feel like a head cold.
Woke up from my colonoscopy about 11:30 this morning. My throat was sore, I can barely talk. I have a horrible headache and my nose won’t stop running. I am miserable. Hope it stops.
Had a colonoscopy this morning and my throat is very sore , I am very hoarse and have a runny nose. They used oxygen in my nose.
Had an endoscopy and colonoscopy this afternoon. My first endoscopy, third colonoscopy. I’ve been through 15 surgeries, including open heart valve replacement. I have never had an issue like this!
Painful left nostril, excessive sneezing, and a faucet-like flow. Who would have thought that I would feel worse after a “simple scope” than after having a bone saw cut through my sternum.
I’m so glad I found this article! Had an endoscopy today and in recovery my nose was stuffy and I felt as though I was having allergy symptoms. The tech shrugged and said the oxygen dries out your nasal passages. I am an RN and I know that to be true so I figured that was the problem. I got home and started sneezing with a runny and itchy nose. I used Flonase which helped a little but still having rhinitis. I always have odd ball side effects from drugs, etc, but now that I know others have experienced this, I know I’m not alone!
During covid 2020 I had an epidermal lower back in a.m. by noon my left nostril, sneezing started, nose like a hose I don’t have a cold. Found this article did all of above I still have nasal drip feel as though I need to sneeze. I have an apt. at DR this morning they will probably tell me to get tested for covid and not take this simtom alone seriously. I knew the air was strong on left didn’t know about the problem, No matter where you are a mask is needed e.ven when the air comes from a tank and called oxagen. Why do I come up with so many problems after the simplest visits to Dr. and come up with something else I have to deal with.
Had colonoscopy & endoscopy 3 months ago , to this day my left nostril still runny and left ease weepy, some days better than others, breathing in cold air makes it painful in left nostril.
Not happy !
Just an update,symptoms finally seized in February 2019. Don’t want to go through this again 5 months +!
I wonder ,how to prevent going through this in future again, if going under before procedure, what can one say to the anaesthetist.
My nose has a swollen place inside and been running like crazy. My eyes are tearing up like crazy. I’m trying to take different otc`s, but pain and runNY is terrible. Plus the anesthesia is keeping me jet lagged today.
Had my colonoscopy yesterday. Started sneezing constantly and nose drip constantly. Nurse said it was from the oxygen but they’ve never heard of that happening. Told me to take a decongestant. Didn’t really help. Drinking a lot of water. Called nurse again and none of them heard if this. Told me to call the dr who did the procedure. Before doing that, looked up online and found these comments. Glad it’s not just me. But what disturbs me is why do none of the nurses know what this is? Waiting for the dr office to call back. I’m also feeling more tired than normal. Definitely not congested and it’s frustrating. Just lots of sneezing since waking up after the procedure and still like this today. Not sure what to expect as far as how long this lasts?
Had an endoscopy this afternoon. sneezing and runny nose started just after in the recovery. Called doctor, they seemed to know nothing. I have lots of allergies to meds, so I was concerned I was having a reaction to something. They told me to take benedryl, It has not helped. I feel miserable.
Well count me in. Had colonoscopy today- actually yesterday since it is 1:02 AM now and I am still up. When the cannula was put in I felt discomfort in the right nostril but didn’t say anything before I was put to sleep. I started sneezing before I left the facility. First there is a pain in the nostril that starts like a tickle. Next my right eye waters and I have a forceful sneeze or two or three in a row. My right nostril is running constantly. I have tried Afrin moisturizing nasal spray, saline spray, and a antihistamine but no relief. I too am “wearing” tissue stuffed in the nostril. I have had previous colonoscopies and endoscopies, but never this reaction. Hard to believe this only happens 3 percent of the time. Thank you for everyone’s comments. Hope it goes away soon for us all.
Looks like I’m part if the club:( had colonoscopy yesterday and started sneezing 10 minutes after waking up. Runny left eye and constantly drippy nose. I felt the air in my nose was too forceful so I tried to move the cannula around. Then I fell asleep.
So annoyed! Colonoscopy went well and now I’m stuck with this.
Getting concerned from some posts that it will never go away!
It will go away.
Its 5 month And symptoms haven’t gone, if i breathe in cool air my left nostril feels like it’s burning, left eye still weeps! Still not happe
I had a colonoscopy this morning. Immediately my left nostril felt stopped up and flowing with clear mucus. I have been sneezing some but not constantly. I feel like something is in my nostril…… Glad I found this information. Hopefully it will go away quickly. Again, the nurse at the Endocscopy Center did not indicate anything other than perhaps the oxygen dried out my nose….
It is outrageous that patients are not advised of these possible side effects and provided with guidance on how to lessen them.
Thanks to everyone for recording their experiences. I am going to give a copy to my gastroenterologist and the surgery center I went to for a colonoscopy.
I have found a neti pot provides temporary relief.
I use a cpap and that seemed to really help. When I woke up the next morning, I only sneezed a few times and it all seemed to clear up within 48 hours
OMG! This side effect has been driving me crazy all day since my colonoscopy! The burning constant runny nose, sneezing and headache has been worse than the actual colonoscopy!!! Praying this subsided by morning!
I Already commented, but my question is is this something new or has this been going on for years and nobody’s been able to comment technology wise in the past. Because this is crazy my nose is running constantly I have the public speak today and I don’t even think I can do that anyways just wondering
I too.was one of the lucky 3%. after an injection at L3 for a herniated disc, I woke up with constant sneezing, nose burning, mainly right side and constant flow of clear liquid from both nostrils. Ive tried Advil , Zyrtec ,nasaL sprays and now a hot moist heat pack on my face. I’ve never experienced this before. office staff was not to concerned. the moist heat pack seems to provide the most relief. hope it will be gone tomorrow . perhaps if they used humidified O2 this side effect could be eliminated.
So glad that I read all these comments. I had my colonoscopy this morning and have been sneezing every since. I am assuming this will go away soon. Still don’t understand what I should do.
How long until this goes away? I had egd done yesterday a few hours later nose running like a faucet and right nostil burning. I have a headache as well.
Woke up this morning still have headache, and burning nostril feels like a cold. After reading the comments I too believe it is from the oxygen.
I had colonoscopy on Nov. 30 and woke up from surgery with sneezing, burning nose, dripping nose and watery eye.
I finally felt 100 percent normal again on Tuesday- so about 4 days later.
I had my colonoscopy yesterday and have had an extremely runny nose and left eye tearing constantly since we left, and like everyone else, it is maddening! My eyelid and nose are so sore and it only stopped when I went to bed. But I can’t stay horizontal; I have too much to do. Dr’s office called back and they’ve never heard of it, either. I did use Afrin last night because I was so stopped up, maybe I’ll try again today. I have also noticed something on these replies. It looks like it’s ALL WOMEN? Maybe there’s a connection there?
I had my colonoscopy yesterday (this is my 4th colonoscopy/endoscopy) and this is the first time I’m having runny nose like everyone is describing here. I’ve read all comments looking to find solution but none was found. 99% of people reported suffering and longest sufferer is 5 months. Only one person found 100% relief after 4 days. If people could give update, that would be helpful to everyone who comes this this site looking for answers. I will bookmark this site and come back daily until I’m 100% normal again. Hope others will do the same. Thanks.
I was 100% after about 4-5 days. I used Sudafed and I believe being on a CPap helped me quite a bit
No more runny nose! Last night I applied chap stick using q-tip inside my nose and that did the trick. I usually apply chap stick on my lips before going to bed and it heals overnight so I though I give it a try inside my nostrils. I applied as deep as I can.
I’ve tried the following but it didn’t work for me: Flonase, saline, and Vaseline.
My left nostril hasn’t been same since colonoscopy , very sensitive to breathing in cold,some days better some days tears as well from left eye .
I stumbled on this while looking for suggestions for treating sneezing and running nose while using Flonase, and was shocked after reading because I just had a colonoscopy yesterday afternoon! Oh my goodness! I hope I’m one of the ones who gets relief after three days since we are traveling home for Christmas. The oxygen seemed too forceful, and the cannula hurt my nose. Now I have a really bad runny nose and congestion and sore throat and sneezing and painful sinuses. I did have bleeding from the nose, also. I hope I never need another colonoscopy, but if I do I will be sure to discuss this with my doctor. Thank you for sharing this!
Oxygen mask during colonoscopy 3 days ago, no cold symptoms going in, woke up with a head full of clear mucus. First thing I did was ask the nurse for tissues! Until I read all this, I didn’t think it was caused by the procedure. 24 hours later, mucus suddenly turned yellow and in the last 24 hours, has moved down to my bronchial area. Coughing all day and night.
Anybody else experience this? No sneezing, like you all have had. I did notice a chemical smell when the mask was put on. I wondered if I had a sinus infection and the positive airway pressure pushed bacteria down into my chest. Yet, I don’t feel like it is the flu or anything. Just an infection! Strange?
Not just colonoscopy! Iget this every time I have surgery. Thought it was something in the anesthesia. Never thought about the oxygen. It is miserable to about three days.
I had a colonoscopy this AM and afterwards after waking up and before leaving the surgery center my nose was watery and I was sneezing. I thought it was strange because I was feeling perfectly fine before the procedure. Now 11 hours later, I am still feeling terrible with the sneezing, dripping nose and tearing eye. I was glad to fine this information and know what’s happening. Tomorrow I will call the doctor and let them know. I have never experienced this before after a surgery. I appreciate everyone’s comments. Thank you.
So true, otherwise the hospital agents will tell you you have a common cold. I had just seem my family doctor less than 24 hours before.
Here’s an article about why oxygen tubes cause runny nose.
Apply chap stick inside your nose using q-tip and go as deep as you can. It’s best to do it before going to bed and by morning you’ll feel better. Initially, you’ll sneeze more because you’ve touch sensitive area but it goes away.
Thank you for all comments! Nurses and doctors were not concerned about my reported sx of right nasal pain as soon as a reached full consciousness following minor foot surgery. Post-op caregivers shd be aware for no other reason than to offer PT reassurance. As pain worsened and my right nasal passage began to swell and close, I asked if there was something that could be swabbed in my nose to help – I was told no and provided a box of tissue. Pain is pain and should not be ignored or dismissed simply bc it’s source is unknown. Clinicians and staff should be aware of this simple fix.
Just had a colonoscopy on Thursday Jan. 31st. Today is Saturday Feb. 2nd and I am still in pain. The doctor and anesthesiologist said nothing to me about this possible side effect before going under. Woke up with uncontrollable sneezing. They all just shrugged it off and gave me a tissue. I have saline solution and a antihistamine. Hope by Sunday it will get better. Only thing that has been helping is a small piece of tissue up my left nostril. Hang in everyone!
Same thing happened to me once after endoscopy/colonoscopy and now after a kidney stone surgery. I read online that the oxygen drys out your nose and it will run until the moisture comes back. I know that sounds strange because my nose was running like a fauset. I tried sinus medicine but it didn’t work. Maybe because that dries out your sinuses too. Then I tried putting some neosporin on a q-tip and putting it inside my nose. It seems to be working!!! My nose feels better and I don’t feel like sneezing and it’s stopped running!!
Same for me I asked for tissue when I woke today after scope and O2 via nasal prongs. Haven’t stopped sneezing, runny nose, headache !
I just had my third colonoscopy. First two I never had any issues. This time when I woke up my throat was extremely sore and I lost my voice. I started having breathing problems right after being released and went to the ER. The nurse said it sounded like bronchial issues. Oxygen levels and lungs were fine. I started coughing up small spots of blood while in the ER. Dr. in the ER said it was probably from my sinus. He told me to stop talking for 5 days, drink tea with honey etc. Today when the hospital called to do a follow up on the colonoscopy my husband asked what could have caused this, the nurse said it was probably something viral which I do not believe. My throat was fine prior to going in for the procedure.
My doctor says it’s a preservative they are now using in the oxygen. I have reacted so badly to it. Can’t even see properly – eyes are so swollen.
I had a colonoscopy and gastroscopy today in South Africa, and am sneezing non-stop. The diagnosis of the gastroscopy was hiatus hernia, and now I am in such excruciating hernia pain from all the sneezing. Middle of the night, what can I do?
Talk to your doctor. Try some of the suggestions proposed in the article and comments: Sudafed, Afrin, vaseline or chapstick to nose, humidifier. Good luck!
Thanks. My doctor gave me Phenergan. Not helping at all. My eyes are so swollen, and still sneezing, now 3 days later. He says it’s a preservative in the oxygen that so many are allergic to. Really not good.
My daughter had runny nose problem for many years. She didn’t have colonoscopy but since I had a good result applying chapstick inside the nose with q-tip, I told her to give it a try. Next day, her runny nose problem was gone!
I started sneezing as soon as I woke up. My nose was running terribly too. Decided to try putting neosporin on a q-tip in my nose after I got home. Right now it seems to be helping.
I started sneezing,nose running a lot. It would not stop. Couldn’t figure out why since I was fine before the procedure. I didn’t have a cold. Like a burning sensation. It was irritation all night. Got up to use bathroom looked in the mirror and my eye was swollen and I have a headache.
And I am joining the ranks…I had an endoscopy yesterday morning and since then I have been sneezing uncontrollably and my left eye and nose are dripping, also uncontrollably. My left eye is swollen. When the surgery center called to see how I was doing I told her but she said she’d never heard of it and to call the doctor’s office if it didn’t get better. I am hopeful that it will go away but it is VERY uncomfortable, as you all here know. Thank you for writing this thread, at least I know I’m not completely crazy!
Same thing. I had no signs of a cold when I went in for my colonoscopy this morning and started to sneeze and had a runny nose before I left the surgical center. I had never heard of any possibility of a runny nose as an adverse effect of a colonoscopy! Which of course it isn’t as it is from the oxygen tube. I’ll be watching this list to see what the solution is and meanwhile I’ll try the Flonase, saline nasal spray and the neosporin though I don’t know why that last one in particular would work. I’ll check back in to let you know what works or seems to work and when. Thank you for your comments as I wouldn’t have known about this effect with this list.
Me too! I had colonoscopy Monday, my nose has been running constantly. I also have congestion in my throat because a tube had to be inserted into my throat because they said I vomited during procedure. My throat was extremely painful and my mouth was so dry for two days. It was the worst experience I have had with this procedure. So happy I googled this. I like to know why things happen, to understand.
So happy to read these comments. I thought I had some kind of an allergy. I started sneezing as soon as I woke up after my colonoscopy yesterday. This is my 5th and I’ve
never had this problem before. My nose has been running non stop, more sneezing,
itchy left nostril and a puffy face and it’s been 15 hours. Will try Flonase.
I wrote a couple of days ago. I feel a little better, not as much runny nose though I still feel a little under the weather. I’m not recommending one thing over the other. I had already been on Flonase for about a year so I had it handy. My husband just shook his head when I said I stuck some Neosporin up my nose because I read it on the Internet. So I guess bottom line for me for now is to go the minimalist route — wait it out, use chapstick and saline mist. But I feel a little better every day. I sent a message to my doc and he said it is a common side effect of the oxygen and that it will get better.
Had Colonscopy and endoscopy done last Friday. An hour after I got home, I was sneezing with runny nose and left eye tearing like crazy. Was miserable, felt like a horrible cold. Hubby picked up antihistime pills and Saline nasal spray. By Monday I was fine .
Very grateful for this message board . Thanks, everyone.
I am having the same experience after colonoscopy yesterday. I started sneezing immediately after the oxygen was removed. I have the tickle in my right nostril (where I also have a polyp), and constantly runny nose. The nurse told me it was from the oxygen and that studies had been done but still no real answers as to why it happens to some people. They sent me on my way with a box of very thin tissues.
I have the same thing. It started in the recovery room. The nurse told me before the procedure the oxygen might cause some irrational but just put a warm cloth over my nose. Oh my gosh this is way more than a little discomfort. I tried everything listed with little or no comfort, I did find that putting an ice bag over the area, with humidifier running helped me get some sleep. Today is a new day and out of bed having most of the same symptoms.
I had minor surgery to shave some bone spurs and remove a resultant cyst from my thumb. I was only mildly sedated, but was given oxygen. Within two hours of the procedure, I started sneezing a lot and had a runny nose. When my surgeon called later that day to see now I was doing, I told him fine except for all the sneezing and he mentioned that the oxygen had probably irritated my nasal passages. So then I googled the issue and was shocked to see all the comments from people with similar reactions following oxygen use. It is now 5 days later and I am still having symptoms, although not as severe. I have been using flonase and swabbing vaseline on the inside of both nostrils. I have had colonoscopies in the past (with oxygen) and have never had this happen to me before.
Glad I found this. Burning nostril, runny nose, whole nine yards. Started as soon as I woke up from the anesthesia. Hope it goes away soon!
I had a colonoscopy yesterday. Went in feeling fine, went home with what feels like a full blown cold. How long does this last?
I cannot believe what I’m reading here. Had a colonoscopy and endoscopy this very morning. I’m home and miserable with the sn eezing and pouring nose! I’ve had many colonoscopies and even open heart surgery a year ago, never ever had this problem before.
I will try some of the things mentioned here in hopes of this clearing up. Good to know I’m not alone. Misery loves company. 🙂
Exactly the same
Colonoscopy on Friday and immediately after full blown cold style symptoms started.
Now Sunday morning and no sign of things improving.
This definitely needs to be investigated so that patients can be informed and advised what action to take following any procedure involving the use of oxygen
The after effects are awful and so under estimated
I am so glad I found this article. Immediately after my colonoscopy today, I started violently sneezing, runny nose and tearing eye only on my left side and a nasal tickle like I have never experienced. I have done a saline rinse and am using Flonase in hopes of relief. It just helps to see that others have experienced this and also know the cause.
I wear a cpap at night and have had the same symptoms about ten times. My nose itches SO bad. Both the doctor and medical supply people treat me like I am making this up.
Well… I’m another victim of the nasal oxygen!!!! I woke up with a very runny nose from colonoscopy and gastroscopy 2 days ago…. my nose hurts from using Kleenex, my left eye and nostril constantly running, and sneezing. I’m not allergic. I thought I’d have a look if this is related to an allergy to the anaesthesia and found this article. I hope it doesn’t take much longer to clear up…. driving me crazy!
Wow! So interesting to see this many comments. After an endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy I woke and my nose was 100% clogged. I have allergies, so asked the anesthesiologist if it were an allergic reaction. She said it may be the plastic?!? Didn’t make sense. Now I know I’m not the only one! 2 days later with saline rinse, Flonase, Sudafed. Not better at all. I’m going to try chapstick now!!
I have had over 20 colonoscopies and over 8 endoscopies with no problems, but had another colonoscopy yesterday. I have an Intestinal disease UC, so I have to have a colonoscopy every year, I also have had esophagus diverticulitis twice & swallowing problems. Just like everyone else; I was fine before my procedure. I too felt the oxygen was too high but then I was put under and when the test ended, I woke up and my right nostril was burning then started violently sneezing uncontrollably, plus a runny nose and a headache. It has been more than 28 hours and there is no sign of it stopping. Nice to know I’m not alone. Thanks to everyone for all the comments with similar reactions. Glad I found this site; I was looking for answers.
This seems to be common enough it ought to be mentioned in discharge instructions. I still have the right nostril dipping like a faucet 24 hours after procedure. Nurse said the reason for this is that the oxygen cannulas deliver oxygen only to one nostril. That said, why don’t they deliver it to the nostril you are not lying upon for the colonoscopy?
Had a colonoscopy and EGD today and have joined the club. I knew immediately that the violent sneezing must have had something to do with the procedure because it started immediately upon waking up at the endoscopy center. My husband asked the nurse for some kleenex and she came running up saying “allergies are the worst”, I said “No, I was fine when I came in here.” I knew it must have been the nasal cannula. My symptoms are all 1 sided. I stumbled across the 2011 study before this article I have had multiple procedures and not experienced this before, but I know that usually they have given me a mask not a cannula. Whether or not this was included in the risks and complications I signed, I do not know. It was given to me after they took my glasses away! I work for an ENT so have tried all the above including a nasal saline irrigation, but the nose running and violent sneezing persist 10 hours later. Will continue with a nasal saline spray throughout the night and hopefully things will be better tomorrow.
So glad to see this. Thought I was getting sick. As soon as I woke up my nose was stuffed, irritated and then started running nonstop. Tried Flonase and azelastin and netipot. Not working. Just one nostril irritated. But mucus just pours out. Will try benedryl later. When I mentioned this in recovery no one said a thing.
Had a Bronchoscopy yesterday and immediately after getting to recovery started with tickle in right nostril, sneezing and runny nose and eye. Almost 24 hours now and still the same. Used Neti pot last night, Nasocort and Zyrtec which I use daily, no relief. Will try Sudafed today. Have never had this reaction to oxygen before, very concerning. Have not talked to Dr. yet but sure I will get same responses as others have. Going to try Chapstick also.
Same as everyone else. Immediately after the procedure, I experienced the sneezing and runny nose. Needed food but did not want to go anywhere with all that going on. I too felt discomfort with o2 but went out before I could say anything. This is not good but definitely should be corrected!
I had a colonoscopy this morning, my fifth one. Immediately started sneezing and blowing my nose after waking up. I asked for tissue before anything else! This never happened before and it’s still going strong, with a huge tickle just on one side. How long will this last?
I will be trying the chapstick tonight as well. Faucet-like nose running since my procedure this morning. I can’t go to work tomorrow with Kleenex stuck in my nostrils
I had a colonoscopy yesterday with oxygen administered by nasal cannula. I began sneezing immediately upon waking and have not stopped sneezing in the last 18 hours. My nose has been running and dripping continually and my sneezing has been violent and continual. I feel a persistent tickle and possible swelling high up in my right nostril and sneeze immediately if I touch the right side of my nose. I have tried nasal saline spray and a saline rinse but have had no improvement. Last night I took benadryl but it gave me no improvement. I went in to the colonoscopy feeling excellent but now feel miserable. I’m going to call the facility to inform them of my reaction. Hopefully Afrin will give me some relief. Thank you for this information.
Well I can now add myself to the list of sufferers of this situation. I never had any problems before with oxygen till now. I believe this problem is majorly under reported so I urge everyone here to make noise about it with their medical providers. The anethesiologist never mentioned anything to me. We shoulkd be allowed a mask instead of the tubes and the amout of oxygen flow should be reduced. Report it!
I had colonoscopy and endoscopy this morning. My nose is dripping but what is really bothering me are my eyes. They are puffy, red, scratchy, and generally very uncomfortable. When I called the surgical center to ask whether they had put anything in my eyes the anesthesiologist said I probably scratched them on the blanket. After reading through these comments I found one where a Dr said there were preservatives in the oxygen that could cause problems. I’ve never had this happen before. I’m pretty miserable. Eye drops not really helping.
Also, joining the ranks. Had a colonoscopy 2 days ago & still suffering. Was told it was a reaction to the oxygen. Knew the oxygen level was too high, but before I could say something I was out. Immediately woke up with the symptoms. So far tried Benedryl & saline solution. Not helping. Will try Sudafed & chapstick tonight. Hopefully, day 3 is better. I agree they should warn you about this & also offer the mask. Also, if this additive to the oxygen is causing allergic reactions why are they still using it? Must be new because I’ve had numerous colonoscopies & no reactions before.
I had a colonoscopy this week. As I was waiting for discharge, my left nostril felt itchy and produced mucus. I had been fine before going into the hospital. I lay to my left during the procedure and was applied nasal cannula. I had sneezing and runny nose that day and on day 2. I was advised to take benadryl by the hospital dr office when I reported this issue. Glad I found this site. Went to see my family dr, ok-ing the benadryl or putting some vaseline. I swabbed vaseline into the nostrils instead as I have that handy. On day 3 things have gotten much better – less sneezing, almost no droppy nose. The hospital has provided care and attention. They called a few times to check on me.
I had a colonoscopy this morning, with the same result – came out of the anesthesia sneezing and sniffling. Interestingly, as they were putting me under, they noted that the doctor 5 years ago had added Benadryl to my anesthesia. I asked why, and they said ‘oh, some of the older doctors like to do that.” I will say I was less sleepy this time (not sure if that’s a good thing, as I do recall some distress), and now my nose is running. Will note and ask for Benadryl next time.
Responding to previous message. Tried the Sudafed & Chapstick at night & woke up with a little of the symptoms, but by noon no more. So it took 3 days to go away.
All I can say is “me too”, runny nose & sneezing since my endoscopy yesterday.
If this condition is under reported/ under appreciated, who should this be reported TO? There’s dozens of us on this page alone. And glad I found this so I know it’s a “thing”.
It took a week to be normal again… brought it to my Dr’s attention. It was worst part of the whole procedure
Add me to the list of people who experienced these same symptoms immediately following the colonoscopy. The reports on this site indicate it is much more common than 3%!
Just had a colonoscopy at noon. The oxygen seemed a little high. Woke up with a tingling right nostril. I’ve bern sneezing like crazy. No one ever mentioned this side effect. Looking at this blog it appears more than 3% of the patients
had colonoscopy yesterday morning here in France. My 3rd one. No problems before but the same as you all. After started sneezing a lot. In afternoon became worse. I thought it was hay fever but anti histamine didn’t work. By nighttime feeling very fed up with sore nose , sneezing and headache. Took more anti histamine and aspirin. Just woken up at 3 in the morning and googled and so relieved to find this site. Sitting here with a iced gel pack over my nose to calm it down. Will try the the salve later. As you all say no warning from medical profession. But they must have heard my constant sneezes in recovery. Will let them know. Thanks guys
They heard mine no one said anything me mentioned it to doc.she just said oh my.
I have just had a colonoscopy this afternoon and I woke up with my nose pouring with clear liquid and a burning sensation worse on inhalation through nose on the left side, I was laying on my left side during procedure, as soon as my oxygen was put on I thought this is different smell and it was very strong compared to all my other ops that I have had,, I started to pull it off when the sedative started working and that was that,,, I googled the hell out of my symptoms and finally came across this sight ,, I have taken antihistamine but nothing,,, I now have tissue stuck up my nose to stop air going up and to catch the pouring liquid,,, I have sneezed myself into a headache and my left eye won’t stop watering, this has to be worse than the prep and the op,,, what’s changed with the oxygen we are being given ,,, who knows I am sure we never will,,,
sorry , you had to go thru this. When I called back to the hospital that did my procedure I was told they had never heard of this. made me think what kind of hospital /doctors are these. hope you feel better soon. I found out all of my info when I did a google search.
Add me to this list that no one wants to be on. I find it hard to believe that only 3% of the population suffer from this. I had an EGD on Tuesday and within a few minutes of waking up I started to sneeze and my right nostril started just running and running. I felt like I had a terrible head cold and wondered if the oxygen tube was clean? After reading this site I understand I am one of the 3%. I will definitely mention this to the anesthesiologist if I ever have this done in the future. It is now two days later and I am starting to clear up but still having a little bit of runny nose and sneezing. The first day was terrible and the second day wasn’t much better but by the third day it is finally starting to clear up. I did use Flonase and that did seem to help a bit. Good luck to everyone out there who experiences this. It is awful. It is definitely worse than the actual procedure being done.
I went into the hospital with chest pains long story but I ended up getting a Catheter to look at my arteries in my heart this procedure is different than a endoscopy or Colonoscopy I had both so I know this requires you to be in twilight not out completely which I did not like but had to have this done to know what was going on. They put an oxygen tube in my nose no big deal I was kinda out for 1 hour there was nothing wrong with me at all going in 1 hour latter in the recovery room my nose was running so bad and my right eye was watering so bad like never before in my life and then I was sneezing over and over. I mentioned it to the nurse and same thing they gave me tissues and I wanted to get out of there so bad I really just wanted to leave I was there for 3 days. I get home and this seems to be getting worse I called my Aunt which is a doctor and my cousin’s husband is a Cardiologist neither of them was aware of this I found it on line it’s called Rhinitis and yes less than 3% of people get this. It looks like a lot more than 3% get it but I could be wrong, my right eye is half closed this is the 3rd day and seems to be getting a little better but not much. Wish someone out there could shed more light on this and maybe provide a better form of relieve. The best thing so far that has worked for me is a sinus rinse and believe it or not being outside makes it way better for me can’t explain that but that’s what’s happening. I will be looking for someone to respond to this maybe has a better relieve solution.
I had a colonoscopy Aug 13th with the sensation of very cold air piercing up my right nostril right before the anesthesia kicked in. Woke up in recovery and began sneezing with runny nose. (I thought this was so odd.) My sinus and eye on the left felt inflamed. The first night it was difficult to sleep because my nostril felt so inflamed when I took a breath.
I took about 10 days for those symptoms to go away. (I am retired and don’t know how I could have handled a job the first four days!)
I have decided to write my doctor so he can be alerted of this condition for others’ sake and to record this reaction to the oxygen given through my nostril, in my chart.
Michael C I am giving an update on my situation as of 9/18/19. I had a Catheter done 9/14/19 to look at the arteries in my heart thank God everything looked OK after that procedure I experienced a crazy non stop runny nose and sneezing. I am glad to report that it is finally gone after 3 1/2 days. Now I have to deal with the pain in my groan area this hurts bad that will be another blog. during this time the only thing that gave me a little relieve was sinus rinse and some nose spray and for my eye that was swollen half shut I started using eye drops for allergies. If anyone has any questions or if I can help anyone with any questions please ask. the hospital was Beaumont in Dearborn MI.
how does this condition have a name? I found it and I am not a doctor. I suggest this condition has been around for a very long time. we suffered the side effects of the oxygen.
Had colonoscopy 6 weeks ago. Good results but while in recovery I had to blow my nose a lot and had a headache; felt miserable. Felt better at discharge but then a day later, I was hoarse. Colonoscopy Dr said it’s possible that during surgery I had acid from my stomach back up into my esophagus and burned it. I’m now on an acid reflux pill. Never had acid reflux before. I just went to ENT because I’m still hoarse. She found nodules on my vocal folds. She said it didn’t come from surgery. I find that hard to believe because I was perfectly fine before I had my colonoscopy. Has anyone else experienced hoarseness? Help.
My experience (Australia) – I had 2 endoscopies about 15 years ago, no problem. Third one yesterday, and woke up with an itchy left nostril and started sneezing in recovery. I did tell nurse, who just said vaguely “oh yeah oxygen does that sometimes”. Nothing in recovery notes and not mentioned to the anaesthetist, who was otherwise very thorough.
Well it escalated all yesterday evening, and today nose is sore to touch, swollen and very irritated internally. so much sneezing and dripping. I do feel something has changed in the procedure, perhaps the preservative in the oxygen or perhaps the length of the nasal cannulae. I am so glad I decided not to work today, just in case, I would have found it very difficult. Hope it’s gone tomorrow!
Thanks to all who have shared their experiences, I am sending the link to my husband so he stops thinking I am a total flake.
Yesterday I had a colonoscopy, I felt strong oxygen right before I fell asleep. Woke up to tingling in my left nostril and that night I couldn’t sleep due a constant runny nose. Today, along with my nose, my left eye is streaming, and add sneezing to the mix. I have had to stay home all day. No one warned me in advance that this might happen, if they had of I would of made sure I had some medicine in my cabinet in advance. Feeling crappy 🙁
I had the same experience following a colonoscopy – nasal cannula with odd-smelling oxygen before procedure, followed by drippy nose/sneezing/ burning, tickly nostril/teary eyes. Non-stop symptoms the afternoon of the procedure, not much better the following day, but improvement on days 3 and 4. I expected to feel better once the colonoscopy was over, as was true in the past, not miserable from the after-affects of receiving oxygen!
-did colonoscopy and endoscopy yesterday …. runny nose and sneezing ..runny eys none stop …I don’t think its only 3% people only get effected by this ……was fine going in ..so whats the solution
I had my wisdom teeth out today w/sedation and woke up with same exact symptoms in left notstril and puffy left eye.feels like a burn. the dr thought i was nuts when i complained and said must be allergies. I’m really not happy, cannot believe this nose issue is worse than the teeth!!!!
Same here! Had colonoscopy done this morning and woke up with an itchy nose that developed into a faucet this evening. Tried the chapstick Q-tip. It seems to have slowed down the flow, but it still drips. I’ll try the Q-tip with neosporin next.
Hello, I had exactly the issue mentioned here, and only for this week’s procedure; never before (I’ve had two others.) It really sounds to me as though there is something new going on with the oxygen? Is there an additive which could be causing this? I’ve never had this before, and it was a faucet for three days, and painful, and watering eye…only on one side, but that septum is narrower (I think that’s true for most people…) Awful!
I’m not alone! Had a colonoscopy a couple days ago and have been fighting this runny nose, headache, and itchy eyes since. I was quite worried since I thought I may have contracted COVID. But looks like many others have experienced this as well. It’s my 3rd colonoscopy and it has never happened before. I did notice that it was the first time using the nasal cannula though. Benadryl or Zyrtec have not helped. Sudafed seems to be working. Hoping this ends soon!
I had colonoscopy on TH and started sneezing in recovery but had no idea what was to come. I feel fine physically and colonoscopy went well (propofol and oxygen via nasal cannula) but today is Sat. So day 3 and no relief. Any air that goes into my nostrils triggers eye watering and sneezing non stop. My eyes are also swollen from tearing up. I am miserable but not sick feeling like with a cold. In fact, I want to go out and reclaim my life: bike riding, swimming but instead am stuck sitting around with tissues in my nose to prevent air flow and more triggers. Today is day 3. I had to call in and take F off work and am wondering if I will be able to go on M. I am frustrated I was not warned about this. I have probably made a pest of myself with the surgeon sending him a picture of me with toilet paper in my nose and swollen eyes and face as well as a link to this article. They just told me to contact my pcp who via phone call prescribed antibiotics. I don’t find them helpful. I have also tried Benadryl, Sudafed, nasal spray and flonase but nothing has worked. In addition to a treatment protocol, I want to know WHY I am having this reaction. It’s almost like the lining of my nose was burned away and all the nerves are exposed. Is that what happened? How long does it take to restore the lining? I have also requested that the doctor put an allergy to propofol in my chart and orders that I have a full oxygen mask for future procedures. I will say I had a colonoscopy in 2001 with versed that was a much better experience. I was awake and remember it but the drugs made me so happy I didn’t care what they did. I much prefer that experience to this one and in fact, found a consumer reports article that says deep sedation for a colonoscopy is not necessarily in the patients best interest. I think I will be requesting versed the next time I have to do this and if the doctor says no, I will find another doctor.
Had a colonoscopy on 7/24. This was my first time ever being sedated. The nasal cannula really hurt my right nasal cavity as soon as they put it in, the oxygen pressure was so high and cold it felt like it was burning a hole. I tried to adjust it several times but thought this must be normal, I guess. If the nurse had been more attentive and asked whether I was comfortable I would have said something but I passed out soon afterwards. When I woke up first thing I noticed was my nose and asked for Kleenex but I was pretty out of it still. When I got home I took a nap and woke up with my right eye swollen and my right nose and eye watering like a faucet. It seemed almost like the right side of my face was a little swollen too. Immediately called the doctor but he had no idea what it was. Told me to take Benadryl which didn’t help at all. I applied Ice packs to my right eye which helped some. That first few days were miserable and it burned my nose every time I took a deep breath. Had to breathe through my mouth and I was also sneezing more than I ever have. I found this site a few days ago and tried the Q-tip with chapstick/Vaseline which did provide relief, Thank you! So relieved I found this site. Not sure why our health care providers are not more educated about this horrible side effect of the nasal cannula? I’m definitely going to request a mask the next time I have to have a procedure. It’s 9 days later and though I’m 80% better, my right eye is still watering, I’m still sneezing, and my right nasal cavity still burns if I breathe deeply through the nose. Still having to breathe mostly through the mouth. 😢
Omg the exact thing happened to me today and I’m so grateful to google this and read that it happened to y’all too!! I thought i was getting the corona virus!!!
It’s been horrible but better than that I guess.
Saline spray has helped some but I am exhausted from sneezing for 41/2 hours.
I had a colonoscopy done this morning and since I woke up in recovering I had a stuffed nose along with heaps of sneezing. Since I have been home I have felt a feeling of needing to sneeze a lot but can’t and eventually I will sneeze 3-6 times in a row !!! When will this stop it’s worse then a cold :((