A runny nose can be caused by a number of factors, including colds, allergies, spicy foods and the flu. These factors can cause your nose to produce an excess amount of fluid to run out your nostrils or down the back of your throat. A runny nose can be irritating, uncomfortable and disruptive to your sleep. The constant drip may keep you up at night. Fortunately, there are several ways to stop a runny nose.
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Things you need
- Cold medication
- Neti pot
Ask your doctor to determine the cause of your runny nose. In most cases, a runny nose is related to colds or allergies, but it is important to know if there is something more serious underlying the condition.
Take an antihistamine pill 30 minutes before bedtime. Follow the directions for proper dosage. Antihistamines are designed to relieve allergy-related conditions, including runny noses, so this should provide some relief.
Take a pill designed to treat cold symptoms, specifically a runny nose, before sleeping. You should notice that your nasal passageways aren't as clogged for up to 8 hours.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom. Dry noses become irritated and inflamed more easily than moist noses. Humidifiers hydrate the air, which keeps your nose moist and less likely to run throughout the night.
Use a neti pot to clean your nose of any irritants, debris and excess mucous. Fill the pot with saline solution then place into your nostril. Tip your body forward to allow the solution to run through your nostril into your nasal cavity and out through the other nostril. Repeat on the other side. Irrigate your nose with the neti pot twice a day to help keep your nose from running at night.
Tips and warnings
- Do not take cold pills and antihistamine pills at the same time without consulting with your physician to find the correct dose.
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