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How To Stop A Runny Nose Fast
This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Identify the trigger: While there are many causes for runny nose, persistent runny nose with itching, sneezing, congestion, may be due to allergies. While there are many antihistamines and nasal sprays available to treat allergies, it is prudent to identify the trigger. If there is a way to avoid the trigger, that could result in less medication and less symptoms. See an allergist. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
They can: Oral decongestants such as sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can have a drying effect on the nose, mouth and eyes. This is from the anticholinergic effects. Even though decongestants are for decreasing congestion this drying side effect can be helpful for some and problematic for other people. ...Read more
Identify the trigger: There are many causes of runny nose including infections and allergies. If the trigger can be identified, then it may be possible to remove or avoid the trigger. Otherwise, medications may be necessary. An allergist can review the symptoms and exposures and if necessary pursue testing to find the cause and find relief! ...Read more
See your doctor: A runny nose can be caused by many things: allergies, post surgical swelling, irritation of the mucosa from a splint, suture or other causes. Not knowing your medical history, the details of the recent surgery or how far out you are limits our ability to help you. Your rhinoplasty surgeon would have the best recommendations for you. If you were my patient, I would want you to contact me first. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Immunity: You have the typical symptoms of an upper respiratory viral infection. If you are otherwise healthy, your immune system will tackle the problem and you will probably be perfectly well without any meds within 7 to 10 days. If not, drink a lot, take vitamin c or see your physician. ...Read more
Nasal sprays: You may have an allergy if it is only occuring at work. You may want to try some non-sedating anti-histamines sold over the counter - Claritin or zyrtec. A good steriod nasal spray (nasonex, flonase) as well as antihistamine nasal sprays (astepro, astelin) may be helpful as well. The nasal sprays are prescription only. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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