Learn about the causes of Runny Nose & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Runny Nose within New Zealand.
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
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:
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: