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Rhinitis is usually what causes your runny nose. Rhinitis just means that the mucus membranes inside your nose are inflamed. Your runny nose could be caused by an infection (like a cold or the flu) or by cold weather, allergies, crying, irritating smells, or particles in the air.
Before your nose started running, bacteria, allergens or a virus attacked and irritated your nose’s lining, which triggered an inflammatory reaction. This inflammation caused mucus production to go into overdrive.
Your excess mucus will usually start off clear and runny. This extra, clear mucus is your body trying to get rid of the germs or irritating substance.
Your mucus may change color in a few days as your immune system fights to rid your body of the bacteria, allergen or virus.
Most people wish getting rid of their runny nose was as easy as turning a magical mucus faucet “off.”
While it’s not exactly that easy, there are still simple things you can do to feel better, like:
It is also possible that your runny nose is the result of allergies. Please refer to our Allergy section for more information on how to control allergy symptoms.
If you have rhinitis, you want to calm the inflammation in your nose’s mucus membranes. You’ll want a decongestant, like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. A decongestant will help reduce nasal tissue swelling.
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