How to stop runny nose due to cold

Written by valencia higuera
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A runny nose can be relentless and can persist for several days or weeks. Allergies and sinus problems can trigger a runny nose. But during winter's cold and flu season, many runny nose cases are due to the common cold. Fortunately there are many ways to stop nasal drainage.

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Things you need

  • Tissue,
  • Nasal spray,
  • Cold medication,
  • Humidifier

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  1. 1

    Blow your nose. Grab a tissue or handkerchief and gently blow your nose several times to loosen mucus. This removes discharge and temporarily provides some relief.

  2. 2

    Use a nasal spray. Getting rid of a runny nose due to a cold often calls for temporarily stimulating nasal discharge to clear your nasal passage. Purchase a nasal spray from your local chemist. Follow the instructions and spray the medication into each nostril to remove excess mucus and slow down or halt sinus drainage.

  3. 3

    Take cold medication. Over-the-counter cold medications target a variety of cold symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, congestion and runny nose. Choose your medication carefully, and look for brands that list nasal discharge among the symptoms treated.

  4. 4

    Refrain from eating spicy foods. Spicy and hot foods normally open the nasal passage and stimulate a runny nose.

  5. 5

    Stay warm. Exposure to cold temperatures can also trigger nasal discharge. To relieve a runny nose due to a cold, stay indoors to avoid cold temperatures or wear appropriate clothing to keep your body warm.

  6. 6

    Get a humidifier. A cool mist humidifier works by loosening or moistening mucus. Place a humidifier in your bedroom to promote nasal drainage and relieve a runny nose.

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