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I been having a runny nose for six months what does that mean?

I been having a runny nose for six months what does that mean?

Probably allergy but: See an allergist for a complete but simple evaluation. They can tell you the causes of your runny nose and give effective treatment. (even if turns out not to be "non-allergic" runny nose). ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

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


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My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

Depends: Both are symptoms of a common cold and can appear at different times, but do not mean it is getting worse. However, if the symptoms are lasting more than 7-10 days or there are additional symptoms including, but not limited to such as fever, difficulty breathing, wheezing, I would recommend seeing a pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have been sick with a bad stuffy runny nose. Swollen tonsils with fever and every time I clear my throat I get a weird taste. What does that mean?

I have been sick with a bad stuffy runny nose. Swollen tonsils with fever and every time I clear my throat I get a weird taste. What does that mean?

Stuffy and: runny nose, swollen tonsils with fever indicate an infection of tonsils and sinuses. Please consult your primary doctor to evaluate the need for antibitoics.
Gargle frequently with warm salty water. ...Read more

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Been having a runny nose bad cough especially at night, Claritin (loratadine) hasn't been working. No fever, no chills, just cough and runny nose. What should I do?

Been having a runny nose bad cough especially at night, Claritin (loratadine) hasn't been working. No fever, no chills, just cough and runny nose. What should I do?

See doctor: Post-nasal drips is likely the most common cause for a chronic cough but you will need to be checked out for asthma also. Nasal steroid is usually more effective than Claritin in reducing the nasal symptoms -> improvement in your cough if asthma is not present. If your nasal discharge is often discolored, then sinusitis needs be ruled out. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause brain swelling or a serous dealth problem I've been having a runny nose & watery eyes & lightheaded I'm worried?

Can sinusitis cause brain swelling or a serous dealth problem I've been having a runny nose & watery eyes & lightheaded I'm worried?

Sinus complications: All paranasal sinuses except maxillary have surfaces that directly abut the layers of bone separating them from the brain and its linings. Brain, epidural, & subdural abscesses & meningitis can all result from sinus infection, as well as thromboses of venous sinuses of the brain. Have seen all of these. Although infrequent they do occur. Roof of maxillary sinus is floor of the orbit of eye. ...Read more

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For the past few months I have been constantly sneezing and having a runny nose. No other symptoms. Possible causes?

Allergy: It's likely you are suffering from seasonal allergy to local pollens. No need to suffer. You can try over the counter non-drowsy antihistamines. If no relief, see doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I got this runny nose that dosent go away its been 3 month what should I do?

I got this runny nose that dosent go away its been 3 month what should I do?

Chronic: Chronic runny nose could be allergic rhinitis. See your doctor, and try some antiallergic medication. You may also get evaluated further as to what you may be allergic to. ...Read more

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What can I do for a runny nose that I have been getting for about 10 months now?

What can I do for a runny nose that I have been getting for about 10 months now?

See a doctor: Treatment such nasal steroids, antihistamines and leukotrienes inhibitors are common treatments used. ...Read more

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I've been coughing, have had a runny nose for about 5 months now what could be wrong?

I've been coughing, have had a runny nose for about 5 months now what could be wrong?

Hay fever: This may be from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and/or a sinus infection. Asthma can cause coughing as well. Should see your doctor since it has been hanging around long enough. ...Read more

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I have a runny nose at random times when I'm inside or outside. It has been happening for 7 months. No other symptons or change in anything?

I have a runny nose at random times when I'm inside or outside. It has been happening for 7 months. No other symptons or change in anything?

Nonallergic rhinitis: Nonallergic rhinitis due to sensitive nerve endings in the nose is a variable and intermittent condition of the nose that can occur at any age but for some reason is also common in young women. It is often triggered by changes in the air which can include temperature, humidity, dust, smoke, odors, fragrances and the like. It could also be due to underlying allergies which make it more sensitive ...Read more

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Is been two day two much runny nose and watery eys how it will be gone?

Is been two day two much runny nose and watery eys how it will be gone?

?? Allergies??: Please re-phrase your question. It sounds like you are having allergy symptoms. There is no specific time course for when they will get better or go away. Seeing an allergy specialist might help but I would start with my primary care doctor. ...Read more

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My 4mth old son has had a runny nose and cough for a week. Been taking medicine. Cough getting worse. What could it be?

My 4mth old son has had a runny nose and cough for a week. Been taking medicine. Cough getting worse. What could it be?

What medicines??: There are NO cough/cold medicines approved for babies as young as yours. Please see your pediatrician ASAP for evaluation and to discuss appropriate interventions for a 4 month old. Saline nasal drops with bulb suctioning, cool mist humidifier in the baby's room are the usual starting points for managing a cold. If that is not adequate then further assessment by your child's doctor is required. ...Read more

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I've been sick lately with a runny nose. When I blow it, black stuff comes out. I don't work near soot, I don't own a fireplace, or smoke. What is it?

I've been sick lately with a runny nose. When I blow it, black stuff comes out. I don't work near soot, I don't own a fireplace, or smoke. What is it?

Blood?: Dark debris from the nose is likely environmental (smoke, soot, etc), or might be dried blood. Is it unilateral or bilateral? Have you recently had a sinus infection? If it persists, you should have a thorough ENT examination, to rule out a more serious etiology. ...Read more

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Does a runny nose mean a cold if allergy meds don't help?

Does a runny nose mean a cold if allergy meds don't help?

Rhinitis: There can be other causes. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist ...Read more

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If I have runny nose, does that mean that my immune system is not good?

If I have runny nose, does that mean that my immune system is not good?

No: Runny nose is almost always a sign of inflammation of the nasal mucosa, due to allergies, infections or irritants such as smoke. Runny nose most commonly indicates that the person has a condition affecting his/her nose, but is not specific by itself. ...Read more

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My one year old has been having congestion nd runny nose for about two months already. Is it normal?

My one year old has been having congestion nd runny nose for about two months already. Is it normal?

It depends: If your child has congestion and runny nose, but is acting well (eating and sleeping well), it may be allergy related. In many parts of the country, spring and fall allergies can be really severe. Give him lots of fluids to keep the mucous loose, suction his nose with saline drops, and use a cool mist humidifier as needed. Call your doctor if he has a fever >101 for >2-3 days, or is acting sick. ...Read more

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I have been really tired and sick lately but I can't get to sleep. I also have a stuffy/runny nose so what should I do?

I have been really tired and sick lately but I can't get to sleep. I also have a stuffy/runny nose so what should I do?

Stuffy nose probs: Your fatigue and lack of sleep can be from your stuffy nose. See if your doctor can determine why your nose is stuffy. A cold will pass but allergies and sinus infections need to be treated. You should feel better once your nose is better, call your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the signs you are getting over sinisitus without medicine? It's been three weeks and I'm back to little pressure and a runny nose.

What are the signs you are getting over sinisitus without medicine? It's been three weeks and I'm back to little pressure and a runny nose.

Signs of improvement: Signs you are getting better include no fever, reduced pain, clearing of any color to the secretions you may have been having, & generally feeling better. Often the rhinorrhea or runny nose doesn't improve much because there is an accompanying allergic or inflammatory increase in nasal secretions. Steroid nasal spray or non-sedating anti-histamines may be needed for the runny nose. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I took my 5 month old's rectal temp and it's 100.2 she has a runny nose and has been crying on and off all day. What could this be? What should I do?

Baby with temp: If Acetaminophen (tylenol) does not help your baby's crying, she might have an ear or throat infection with her runny nose. She needs to be checked by a doctor to be sure she doesn't have something more serious than a cold. Her temp is not very high, but it is high enough to make the baby fussy and headachey, and the nasal congestion may be making it hard for her to sleep. ...Read more

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Been having runny nose on & off-alot-since summer. Is this normal? I don't have allergies. It doesn't come when it's only cold, or only hot. Randomly

Been having runny nose on & off-alot-since summer. Is this normal? I don't have allergies. It doesn't come when it's only cold, or only hot. Randomly

Nasal inflammation: Bilateral clear nasal discharge without fever congestion sinus pressure abnormalities of smell ear symptoms otherwise healthy would either be allergy most commonly or atopic rhinitis aka vasomotor rhinitis. Try topical inhaled OTC nasal steroid first. Consider ipatropium bromide RX next. Nasal rinse with nacl, baking soda baby shampoo often helps ...Read more

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Every morning for the last few months I have been waking up with a runny nose and very stuffed. I thought it might be seasonal but it is not going away. Anywhere I sleep/nap it comes back. Do you know what might be the cause or how I can treat this?

Every morning for the last few months I have been waking up with a runny nose and very stuffed. I thought it might be seasonal but it is not going away. Anywhere I sleep/nap it comes back. Do you know what might be the cause or how I can treat this?

Allergic rhinitis: It is a form of allergy that involves the nasal passages and it can be triggered by inhaled allergens.
Symptoms are congestion, runny nose and sneezing and it can be associated with watery eyes.
It is treated by avoiding the triggers in addition to medication like antihistamine, nasal steroids or/& other anti allergy meds like antileukotriense.
You will need evaluation to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I been coughing for a while. And sometimes runny nose no fever yet what do I have.?

I been coughing for a while. And sometimes runny nose no fever yet what do I have.?

Viral infection: This is almost certainly a viral infection. While annoying it is not serious. Antibiotics won't help. It will go away on its own but can last several weeks. Pelargonium sidoides is a herb proven to help viral bronchitis and respiratory infections sold as umcka- see http://bit. Ly/1f6rjci
my other favorite treatment for bronchitis is homeopathy. See http://bit. Ly/h97vwf. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been sick for over a month! Help! I need something to get rid of my cough and runny nose.?

What to do if I have been sick for over a month! Help! I need something to get rid of my cough and runny nose.?

See doctor: I would go to an urgent care or your doctor at this point. You may have developed bronchitis or sinusitis and require an antibiotic. In the meantime I would use sudafed, ibuprofen and Mucinex (guaifenesin) OTC to help with the symptoms. ...Read more

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Been having a cold past few days, coughing and runny nose. Today I felt a bump/ball right under my jawbones. What could it be?

Been having a cold past few days, coughing and runny nose. Today I felt a bump/ball right under my jawbones. What could it be?

Probably lymph node: You have many throughout your body, some near the surface that you can feel. When you get over your infection they will start to shrink. If they don't go see your doc for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a 3months old baby girl she has a little runny nose and her temp has been 99.0-100.0 for 4 days now should I be worried?

I have a 3months old baby girl she has a little runny nose and her temp has been 99.0-100.0 for 4 days now should I be worried?

3 mo old cold: This is a low grade fever and as long as she is eating and sleeping well I would continue symptomatic care. I recommend that you plan to call her pediatrician Monday just to check her out. ...Read more

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My son who is 13months have been suffering with cough and runny nose for a week now what's the best medicine or home remedy to give him?

My son who is 13months have been suffering with cough and runny nose for a week now what's the best medicine or home remedy to give him?

Runny nose: Use a bulb syringe to suck out the mucus after you have used saline nose drops. Keep the vaporizer on. Elevate his mattress when he sleeps. Push fluids but go easy on the milk since it produces mucus. Use the saline nose drops at least four times a day. ...Read more

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more