A North Carolina grandfather believed that the runny nose with which he had been dealing for years was allergies
Greg Phillpotts told WTVD that he thought his nose was his usual allergies.
"I have an annual allergy that comes in February," said Phillpotts. "Sometimes it does not go away, you understand, sometimes I have to find some Jamaican roots for a drink, anything to quell the cough."
Last year he said it had gotten a lot worse.
"I prepared a meal and I'm standing in the kitchen, and it just adds to the ingredients," he said. "They could be anywhere, they could be on the plane, they could be anywhere, they could talk to somebody, and that thing is right out of your face."
He dealt with the diagnosis after the diagnosis, before he Alfred met Iloreta Iloreta found that Phillpotts suffered from a fluid leak through the brain fluid. Doctors say the condition is very rare.
"Sometimes fluid loss from the brain can lead to an ascending infection, so that infections can be transmitted or bacteria from the nose into the brain, leading to meningitis," said Iloreta.
Iloreta says that the meningitis that could result from the disease has a mortality rate of 50 percent.
After a minimally invasive operation on the Phillpotts skull, doctors were able to repair the leak.
"You've ever been so overloaded that you can not breathe, and suddenly you could breathe again? You know what a relief that was?" Phillpotts said.