Joe Nagy had a runny nose for a year and a half, but he just assumed it was allergies. What started out happening only a couple of times a week became a daily problem for the Phoenix, Arizona man (video below).
"I got to the point where I had tissues all the time," Nagy told Fox 10 News. "My pockets were full of folded-up tissues. This clear liquid dribbled out of my nose like tears out of your eyes. I go what is this?"
After he realized the allergy medication was not helping him, Nady went to a doctor.
According to the Daily Mail, Dr. Peter Nakaji found that the membrane surrounding Nagy's brain had a hole in it and his brain fluid was leaking out of his nose.
"You don't really think about it, but our brains are really just above our noses all of the time," said Dr. Nakaji. "This is one of the more common conditions to be missed for a long time... because so many people have runny noses."
According to Dr. Nakaji, the human body produces about 12 ounces of brain fluid each day which is why Nagy's runny nose never stopped.
Brain fluid is different to a runny nose caused by allergies as the liquid is very clear.
A head injury can lead to brain fluid leaking, as can complications from a spinal tap or surgery.
Nagy finally underwent surgery, which basically sealed up the hole with glue and nose cartilage.
"This is just a bit of cartilage from the nose that we can get to repair over it and then the body will seal it up," said Doctor Nakaji.
After the gauze was removed by doctors from his nose, Nagy said: "I was waiting for the dribble. This leaking cause I was so used to it every day. I got my hankie. Nothing. It's never come back."
Sources: Fox 10 News and Daily Mail