What is a Runny Nose?
A runny nose is a condition caused by inflammation of the nasal passages and the production of excess mucus. A runny nose may be accompanied by sneezing, itching, and nasal obstruction.
Causes of a Runny nose
A runny nose may be caused by the cold or flu virus, or by an allergic reaction with an allergen such as pollen, dust, or pet dander.
Treatment of a Runny Nose
Increasing vitamin C intake may help you fight the infection that caused the runny nose, and help you return to normal. If the runny nose is caused by an allergen, it is best to avoid that allergen. Rinsing your nasal cavity with saline solution may help as well. Decongestants are also used to help you breath better.
Complications from a Runny Nose
Complications such as sinusitis, bronchitis, or even pneumonia can arise if your runny nose is the result of a bacterial infection or if a bacterial infection occurs in addition to a viral infection and remains untreated.