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Runny nose, also known as Rhinorrhea (derived from the Greek 'rhinos' meaning 'nose' & rhoia' meaning 'flowing') is the excess discharge coming from the nasal passages. A runny nose (as well as a stuffy or blocked nose) is a symptom of the common cold or viral infection as well as allergies e.g. hay fever, dust etc. & influenza & sinus infections.

 

Causes of runny nose Runny Nose | The Wellness Directory

A runny nose is caused by inflammation of the nasal passage lining and blood vessels, typically from a viral infection such as the common cold. Allergies and sinus infections are also commonly associated with a runny nose.

Less common causes include obstructions in the nose from a foreign body or problems with the septum (the dividing wall between nasal passages). Environmental factors such as pollution can cause a runny nose and in rare cases in can be a sign of a tumour.


Other causes of a runny nose include:

  • Cold weather
  • Sudden drop in temperature
  • Eating spicy food
  • Enlarged adenoids (small tissue that hangs from the back of the nasal cavity)
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Hormonal changes
  • Injury to the nose
  • Nasal polyps
  • Medications
  • Drug use (cocaine)
  • Cluster headaches

Symptoms of runny nose

The main symptom of a runny nose is a thin mucus out of the nasal passages (or running down the back of the throat). A runny nose can also be accompanied by:

  • Blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Red, sore eyes
  • Loss of smell
  • Breathing problems
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus pain

 

Diagnosis of runny nose

In most cases, a runny nose is mildly irritating and caused by something that doesn't require medical attention (such as a common cold). However, if symptoms are persistent then it could indicate a more serious underlying problem.

You should seek a medical opinion if:

  • Symptoms are present for ten days or more
  • You have a fever for more than three days
  • The discharge from your nose is green in colour and accompanied by sinus pain or fever as this can indicate a bacterial infection
  • You already suffer with asthma or emphysema
  • You have blood in your nasal discharge
  • Your child is under two months old and has a runny nose and fever
If your runny nose has been caused by a head injury then seek emergency medical attention.


*Source: GoToSee.co.uk



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