A runny nose is a discharge that comes from the nose. Medically, it’s known as rhinorrhea ; “rhino” meaning nose and “rrhea” meaning discharge. It usually occurs when the nose secretes excess discharge causing the nostrils to get blocked and making breathing difficult.
Dealing with a runny nose has got to be one of the most annoying predicaments in the world. It could literally disorient you. Not to mention it’s irritating, frustrating and distracting. Many of us tend to get really irritable because of it. You could even get embarassed by it sometimes when you have to blow your nose or when you laugh so hard and everything comes crashing down like a waterfall, ewwww! Most of the time, it is brought up by the season or simple allergies. Other times however, it could be something a lot more serious. Here’s an advice : think about relieving your nose with simple home remedies that are a lot cheaper than medications most of the time. If after some time, there’s no significant change, then you could try pills. If all else fails or symptoms get worse however, then you should see a doctor. But with the right amount of rest, hydration and treatment, you should be breathe good again in a short time.
What Causes Runny Nose
Since runny nose happens when the nasal tissues are inflamed or irritated, anything could be the cause. Sometimes though it could be as a result of other serious reasons. Some people usually develop a runny nose without reason – this condition is known as non-allergic or vasomotor rhinitis.
Some people have a chronically runny nose for no apparent.
Here are a few causes of runny nose :
• Common cold
• Dry air
• Substance abuse (drug addiction)
• Chronic sinusitis
• Infection of the sinus
• Deviated septum
• Overuse of decongestant nasal spray
• Medications (sometimes)
• Churg-Strauss syndrome
• Hormonal imbalance or change
• Nasal polyps
• Objects lodged in the nose
• Chronic congestion or non-allergic rhinitis
• Leak in the spinal fluid
• RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
Natural Ways to Get Rid of a Runny Nose
This is one of the oldest, cheapest and easiest way to stop a runny nose. This is as a result of the antibacterial and antiviral characteristic of salt. As a result, it not only provides immediate relief, it also gets rid of the microbes responsible for the sniffling. A study carried out on patients with a cold found the group that made use of saline rinse experienced a reduction in the symptoms of the cold.
Here’s how to go about using a saline rinse :
• Boil two cups of water and let it cool a bit.
• Next mix half a teaspoon of sea salt into the water until it is completely dissolved
• Using a dropper, let some of the saline water get into your nostrils with your head tilted back and your breathing slow.
• Bring your head down and then blow your nose
• A continuation of the method a few times q day will cause a drastic reduction in your sniffling.
Traditionally, a hot drink for runny nose has been used for ages and is infact popular. A rhinology study carried out in 2009 that there was a reduction in nasal congestion and other symptoms of cold by taking a hot beverage. The method is thought to work as a result of the heat heat from the drink which stimulates a nerve that is connected to the nasal and oral cavities.
We usually take soups during cold seasons, but soups are also useful when you’re having a bad nasal congestion /cold day. Chicken Soup is especially a favourite. We thought taking chicken soup for the flu was only believable in story books. However, what we didn’t know is that it actually works to relieve you! Carnosine is a substance in chicken which has anti-inflammatory effects. Thus, it is able to decrease symptoms of a cold and infections. It also helps protect the body from dehydration and the steam from the hot soup also helps further helps in decongestion.
The vegans are not left out. There are also stews and vegetable soups that could work and are just as effective. The heat also helps. It’s true that when you’re sick, you usually will not have any motivation to leave the bed, talk less go make yourself some soup.
You could have someone else do that for you or make some from time to time just incase, especially when you’re alone. Add some garlic to the soup if you can, it’s helpful.
Not everyone loves spicy foods. The people who don’t should pray they never have to come down with a cold or have a case of nasal congestion. Spicy foods are a good way to relieve the sinuses. You must have noticed by now that you always sniffle when you take spicy foods, especially if they’re hot. This is because they open the sinuses temporarily, making the flow of mucus easier and thus decongesting the nose. If your nose is congested, it’s a good time to engage yourself with some spicy food. You could try some hot sauce, chilli or wasabi.
Note that spicy foods can sometimes cause a stomach upset and that’s not something you want to go through when you already feel sick enough. Be careful to not over-do the spice thing.
Steam treatment is another ancient method. Our parents and grandparents often used this method on us when we were younger. Simply take a hot bath or boil some water In a pot and bring it to a boil. Then, pour out into a bowl and lean over it with a towel draped over your head for about ten minutes . A humidifier or vapourizer will also have same effect. To boost the effectiveness of the steam inhalation from hot water, you could add peppermint oil, camphor spirit, thyme or eucalyptus oil because of their antimicrobial properties . If you’re taking a shower, you could flick some of it around the shower too. They contain thymol and menthol which are powerful in decongestion.
During inhalation, endeavour to blow your nose at intervals to reduce decongestion.
The steam is effective because it breaks down excess mucus in the nasal passage and gets rid of them.
Which one are you going to try out? Let us know which works for you. We’d love to hear!