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Running nose

(sorry for my bad english)

30 years old male - running nose and no sense of smell for the past 12 months.

No asthma/smoking/alcohol/drugs/coffee.
Does not seem to be location dependant (a few 5-days travels didn't affect it).

After 4 visits to the MD (ie 4*5 minutes) and a ton of experimentation:

Bacteria analysis (nose and throat) resulted clean. [for an unrelated condition I took two classes of antibiotics and they didn't affect my nose]

I used to sleep 5-6 hours/day.  Now less than 8 means the nose will be running really bad.
If I sleep 10 hours or more, it's acceptably OK, but still no sense of smell.

Hot weather alleviates it a little.  I have some relief when I drink hot beverages.
I also feel much better for a few minutes after doing some excercise (ie jumping).

Antihistamines don't work (Loratadine 10mg/day 30 days, Allegra 120mg/day 10 days).

Anti-inflammatory drugs:

- Diclofenac sodium 100mg/day - no effect.
- Rofecoxib 12.5mg/day - seemed to work somewhat, but killed my stomach.
- Fluticasone 50mcg*4 shots/day - alleviates the running nose a lot, but still need a kleenex every 30 mins or so, and no sense of smell.  This is the doc-approved thing to use.
- Prednisone 10mg/day - WORKS! At least when the weather is hot (been taking it for 6 days: 3*20mg, 3*10mg).

Prednisone makes all symphtoms dissapear most of the time.  I'm already experiencing some unpleasant side effects and read it's not a nice thing to take for extended periods, so I'll gradually reduce the dosage and quit taking it.

Anything else I can try?

Thanks!
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