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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can you do to stop a runny nose?

6 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
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.
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
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.
Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
If due to an allergy: Try allegra. Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. Just read the labels. If it continues, see an allergist.
Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
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.
Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Antihistamines: Antihistamine pills may help such as Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. If symptoms persist call your doctor as prescription medicines are also available.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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.

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