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What can you do to stop a runny nose?

23 doctors weighed in across 6 answers

Depends: There are many causes for a runny nose, and what works for one will not necessarily work for another. For allergies, antihistamine or nasal steroid work well, for colds usually time alone is best, for other causes sometimes Atrovent Nasal Spray is helpful, although very drying. If it's a frequent problem, it's worth finding out the root cause from your doctor.

Answered 12/7/2015

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Dr. Gary Steven answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Ipratroprium spray: The best way to stop a nose that is producing clear, thin, watery secretions is ipratroprium bromide, a generic nasal spray. The 0.03% strength works well for the drippy nose from eating, cold air, or exercise, and the 0.06% works better for the runny nose associated with a cold. Ask your doctor for a prescription for it, if s/he thinks it's appropriate for your situation.

Answered 9/17/2013

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Dr. Brian Novick answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

If due to an allergy: Try allegra. Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. Just read the labels. If it continues, see an allergist.

Answered 6/24/2014

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Dr. David Shulan answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

Depends on the cause: A runny nose can be from allergies, a condition with reflexes causing a runny nose (vasomotor rhinorhea), a common cold, rarely head trauma can cause a leak of cerebrospinal fluid. Except for the leak, Ipratropium Bromide Nasal Spray is very effective for a runny nose. Allergies can respond to antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays or antihistamine sprays.

Answered 9/11/2019

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Antihistamines: Antihistamine pills may help such as Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. If symptoms persist call your doctor as prescription medicines are also available.

Answered 6/24/2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Neti pot can: Reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head ; pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly ; spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed ; again in the A.M.

Answered 1/4/2014

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