Dr.Sumit Chattopadhyay

Runny Nose Remedies: Home Treatments for Rhinorrhea 


Rhinorrhea is a medical term for a runny nose. It is a condition where excessive mucus production results in a dripping discharge from the nose. 

Rhinorrhea Symptoms: 

The major symptom of rhinorrhea is an excessive amount of clear or colored mucus running from the nose. Other common symptoms include a feeling of congestion, a sore throat, coughing, sneezing, and a headache. 

Rhinorrhea Causes:  

The most common cause of rhinorrhea is a viral infection such as the common cold or the flu. Other causes include allergies, sinus infections, hay fever, and environmental irritants. 

Rhinorrhea Diagnosis

Your doctor will typically diagnose rhinorrhea based on your medical history and a physical examination. Your doctor may also order laboratory tests, such as an allergy test, to determine the underlying cause of your rhinorrhea. 

Rhinorrhea Treatment:  

Treatment for rhinorrhea depends on the underlying cause. Common treatments include over-the-counter decongestants and nasal sprays, antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, and immunotherapy. 

Preventive Tips:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands  
  • Stay away from large crowds or crowded places  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  
  • Get a flu shot every year  
  • Use a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist  
  • Drink plenty of fluids to thin the mucus and help clear your nose  
  • Avoid irritants, such as smoke, perfume, and dust  
  • Use a saline spray or nasal irrigation to help flush out your nasal passages  
  • Use a neti pot to help thin and clear mucus from your nasal passages. 

It is important to consult with a healthcare provider if rhinorrhea is persistent or accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever or difficulty breathing. They can help determine the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment.