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How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose

Every now and then you will have a runny nose. It isn't pleasant and it can unfortunately cause a ton of disgusting, slimy mucus to drip from your nostrils. It will also cause you to constantly sniff throughout the day even though we all know that it will just run back down your nose again. It's not a pretty sight nor is it fun. However there is something that can be done about it, but first let's discuss the reasons why we have a runny nose in the first place.

What causes a runny nose?

MedicineNet describes the actual term for runny nose as "Rhinorrhea." It comes from the Greek words "rhinos" (of the nose) and "rhea" (flowing). A runny nose can be caused by a multitude of different things. It can be because of allergies due to dust, food, smoke, pets, or other things. Smelling perfume can also cause a runny nose. If you have a constant running nose, it could be a sign of chronic rhinitis which is the inflammation of the inner lining of the nose. For me personally, I have noticed that when I have a runny nose  it is because of either a common cold, eating spicy food, or a change in temperature.

How to get rid of a runny nose?

How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose

Blow your nose.

Sometimes you just need to force the mucus out by blowing it to stop it from running. I have noticed that even blowing one nostril at a time can be better for removing mucus. I like to use Puff tissues because they're really soft and they do not cause agitation.

Use saline nasal spray.

It will help thin the mucus, making it easier to blow out.You can buy nasal spray from CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen, Walmart, etc. It isn't expensive and you can usually find a coupon for it online.

Take over-the-counter medications.

You can take medications like Sudafed and Afrinol if your runny nose is allergy related. If it is cold or flu related, you can take cold medicine. You will most likely need to see a doctor for proper diagnoses.

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Apply Vapor Rub.

I would suggest that you apply a tiny amount of Vicks VapoRub onto the entire nose. However if you have been constantly blowing your nose, your nostrils maybe agitated. I would suggest that you only apply the VapoRub to the ridge and tip of the nose avoiding the nostril area.

Home Remedies for Runny Nose


Steam helps dry air ways become moist which helps the flow of mucus, making it more easier to alleviate it.

Hop in the shower for about 15 minutes, keeping the temperature at the most comfortable setting in which you can stand warm-hot water.

You can also boil some hot water in a pot or warm up water in a plastic bowl in a microwave for about a minute and a half to two minutes. Grab a towel that is big enough to cover your face. Lean over the bowl and place the towel over the back of your head. Make sure that you do not let your face touch the water since it is really hot.

You can also add one of the following to the hot water:

- 2 tbsp of mustard oil, which helps instantly because of its' strong smell.
- a tbsp of ginger powder, which helps because of its' antitoxic makeup.
- use a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

(Purchasing a humidifier is another alternative).

I would also like to add that steam is great for your skin and your overall respiratory system.

Sleep with head propped up.

Try to sleep with your head elevated at about 9 inches. When I do this, it slows the dripping down causing my nose not to run anymore.

Create your own nasal spray.

- Do this by warming up a tiny amount of mustard oil. You will need a dropper to insert the oil into your nose. If you don't have a dropper, you can purchase one from your nearest drug store. Use the dropper to suck up some of the mustard oil and release the mustard oil into your nose.

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Drink lots of fluids, preferably hot beverages.

Drinking fluids will help cleanse and flush any bacteria that doesn't need to be in your system.

Here is a list of beverages that would help your runny nose:

- hot water
- add 1 half tbsp of turmeric to hot water
- boiling sliced ginger root and drinking it as a tea.

- Add honey and or lemon to any of these drinks because it also can reduce symptoms of a runny nose.

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Eat this.

Incorporate garlic, turmeric, mustard oil, ginger, and/or cayenne pepper to your meals, preferably soup.

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Have a few plants around your home.

Plants can also remove toxins that are floating around in the air in your home causing you to sneeze. A few plants around the house would help your overall health because they promote oxygen.

If you're on the go...

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- Add hot sauce to your meals because it has cayenne pepper which can help flush whatever toxins are in your body. It will also help warm you up.

- Continue to wipe your nose throughout the day... It's better to let it drip out than to sniff the mucus back up your nostrils. Make sure to keep some soft tissues like Puffs nearby.

Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional. These are all tricks that have worked for me and my family. If you want to really know how to solve a runny nose, ask your physician what the diagnoses is of your runny nose.

*I received the Puff's tissue compliments of Influenster.