Runny Nose Treatment Questions and Answers
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Why does my nose keep dripping?
When viral infections, like the cold or flu, attack the tissues of your nose and throat, your nose produces more mucus to help trap and wash viral particles away, causing a persistent runny nose with clear fluid. Symptoms of a respiratory virus infection include coughing, sneezing, fever, fatigue, sore throat, and body aches and pains.
What does a clear runny nose mean?
An increase in the production of nasal mucus is what causes a runny nose. Most often, a runny nose is due to rhinitis, which is inflammation of the tissues inside your nose. Postnasal drip is a fluid produced that drains from the nose, down the back of the throat, or both. The term given to a runny nose with thin, clear fluid is rhinorrhea. A potential cause of a runny nose with clear fluid is allergies that affect your nose and is referred to as allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Allergic rhinitis makes your immune system overreact to typically harmless things like pollen, mold, and pet dander, leading to inflammation of the nasal passages and increased mucus production. Discharge from allergic rhinitis is usually thin, watery, and clear and lasts as long as an allergy trigger, called an allergen, is present in your environment. Non-allergic rhinitis describes nasal symptoms that develop in the absence of allergies or an infection. This condition can happen when blood flow in your nose increases leading to swelling and increased mucus production.
What is a runny nose a symptom of?
The presence and frequency of some symptoms generally depend on the virus that’s causing the infection. A runny nose tends to happen more often with the common cold than with the flu.
Factors that can trigger rhinitis include:
- Changes in temperature or humidity can trigger symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis.
- Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menstruation, and hypothyroidism, can cause non-allergic rhinitis.
- Stress can also cause non-allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Symptoms of non-allergic rhinitis commonly include a runny nose, with clear, thin, and watery discharge.
What are the treatments for runny nose?
Many causes of a constant clear runny nose can be treated at home with OTC (over-the-counter) medications. It’s advisable to speak with your doctor if your symptoms last longer than 10 days, or if other symptoms appear, like high fever or bloody nasal discharge.
Below are a few things to try at home to relieve a runny nose:
- Nasal spray or rinse: Saline nasal sprays are available OTC (over the counter), and help clear out your nasal passages.
- Decongestant: An OTC decongestant helps reduce inflammation and pressure. Examples include Sudafed and Afrin.
- OTC antihistamine: OTC antihistamines relieve allergy symptoms like runny nose, itching, and sneezing. Examples include Benadryl, Claritin, and Zyrtec.
- Intranasal corticosteroid: Medications sprayed into your nose help ease allergy symptoms like itching, sneezing, and runny nose. Some that are available include Nasacort and Flonase.
- Drinking plenty of water: Helps keep nasal mucus thin, and easier to clear from your nose.
- Invest in a humidifier: Helps add moisture to the air and helps keep nasal mucus thin.
- Avoid triggers: Get to know the specific triggers of symptoms, and try to avoid them.
- Blow your nose often: Gentle blowing of the nose helps clear excess mucus.
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