How To Get Rid Of A Runny Nose
Runny nose is excess drainage produced by nasal and adjacent tissues and blood vessels in the nose. This drainage may range from a clear fluid to thick mucus. Runny nose drainage may run out of your nose, down the back of your throat or both.
A runny nose happens to all of us, a condition that we can easily deal with at home.
There are a few reasons why you might get a runny nose. The most common is a viral infection of the sinuses typically the common cold.
In other cases, a runny nose may be due to allergies, hay fever, or your nose gets runny at the onset of a cold is due to your body attempting to block and/or flush out the bacteria or virus. Normally, your body produces mucus in your nose to keep your airways moist. However, when an invader (the cold bug) tries to get in, the body ramps up mucus production as a defense and purging mechanism.
Stopping a runny nose with home remedies
Drink plenty of fluids
Drinking fluids and staying hydrated when dealing with a runny nose can be helpful if you also have symptoms of nasal congestion.
This ensures that mucus in your sinuses thins out to a runny consistency and is easy for you to expel.
Otherwise, it may be thick and sticky, which congests the nose even further.
Avoid beverages that dehydrate rather than hydrate. This includes drinks like coffee and alcoholic beverages.
On the other hand, hot beverages like tea may sometimes be more helpful than cold ones. This is because of their heat and steam, which help open and decongest airways.
Certain herbal teas may contain herbs that are mild decongestants.
Look for teas that contain anti-inflammatory and antihistamine herbs, such as chamomile, ginger, mint, or nettle.
Make a cup of hot herbal tea (preferably non-cafeinated) and inhale the steam before drinking. Sore throats often accompany runny noses drinking hot herbal tea can help soothe a sore throat, too.
Inhaling hot steam has been shown to help treat a runny nose. A 2015 study of people with the common cold proved that using steam inhalation was quite effective. It reduced illness recovery time by about one week compared to no steam inhalation at all.
In addition to inhaling steam from a hot cup of tea, try a facial steam. Here’s how:
- Heat clean water in a clean pot on your stove. Heat it just enough so that steam is created DON’T let it get to a boil.
- Place your face above the steam for 20–30 minutes at a time. Take deep breaths through your nose. Take breaks if your face gets a too hot.
- Blow your nose afterward to get rid of mucus.
If desired, add a few drops of decongestant essential oils to your facial steam water. About two drops per ounce of water is sufficient.
Eucalyptus, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sage, spearmint, tea tree (melaleuca), and thyme oils are great options. Compounds in these plants (like menthol and thymol) are also found in many over-the-counter decongestants.
If you don’t have these essential oils, use these herbs in dried form instead. Make your facial steam into an herbal tea and inhale the vapors you’ll get the same benefits.
Need some quick relief? Try a hot shower. Just like a hot tea or facial steam, a shower’s spray can help alleviate a runny and stuffy nose.
Place your face and sinuses directly in the steam and spray of the shower for best results.
Eating spicy foods
Spicy foods can make a runny nose worse. However, if you’re also having symptoms of nasal congestion, eating spicy foods can possibly help.
If you can tolerate quite a bit of heat in your food, give it a try. If you’re unaccustomed to spiciness, try a little bit of spicy seasonings at first to see if it helps.
Hot spices like cayenne pepper, ghost pepper, habanero, wasabi, horseradish, or ginger are great options. These spices, while also creating a feeling of heat when eaten, dilate passageways in the body and can relieve sinus issues.
In Ayurveda, mustard oil is traditionally used to treat sinus problems where it helps break up mucus. Research has shown that mustard oil is also a strong antibacterial, defeating even the most resistant pathogens such as E.
To use mustard oil, warm a small amount in a pan until lukewarm. Using a dropper, add a couple drops to each nostril with your head tilted back. Let it sit for a moment, then blow your nose. Repeat this once or twice a day.
These approaches will only give you relief. Make sure to seek more direct treatment if you’re experiencing colds, viruses, and allergies.