How to stop runny nose due to cold

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue,
  • Nasal spray,
  • Cold medication,
  • Humidifier
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Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as, AOL Travel, and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.