Also known as rhinorrhea, runny nose is equally irritating as it is unsettling. Scrambling for tissues, especially when there is none to be found, can be very annoying.

 You may be grappling with the issue of runny nose for a variety of reasons and understanding the underlying cause and seeking treatment accordingly can be of benefit.

 Allergies

One of the most common reasons why you might have a runny nose are allergies. During an allergic reaction, you might also get watery eyes, rash on the skin, wheezing, breathing problems etc.

 If the reaction is very severe, you can also go into anaphylactic shock, which if not treated in time, can also cause death. If you are having trouble breathing, experiencing disorientation, are nauseous, and feel your tongue becoming swollen, you should immediately either grab your EpiPen or rush to a facility like Shaafi International Hospital for urgent treatment.

 Cold air

The moment you go outside in winters, your nose starts to act up. If it is sub-zero temperatures, you might not even notice right away that your nose is dripping, as the cold air is very numbing.

 Essentially, cold air is very dry. It then leads to the drying out of the nasal passageways, and the response that is triggered in the body leads to the subsequent dripping of the nose.

 Common cold

Very common is the common cold. Caused due to various viruses, it leads to fluid passing easily into the blood, that then causes the nose to drip. Initially, the drip might be clear, but become opaque as the disease progresses. Usually, since it is caused due to a virus, the problem resolves on its own.

 You might be allowed to use antihistamines and other OTC nasal sprays for the management of the symptoms.

Crying

Crying involves not only fluid from your eyes, but nose as well. Basically, your body in the state of emotion makes more tears that your eyes alone can drain, as a result, your nose is utilized for the process of getting the extra water out.

 Deviated septum

Septum is the bone that separates the nasal cavities. In an ideal world, the division should be even with the septum running straight. However, that is not the case with people who have deviated septum.

 A minor deviation is fine, but if it’s too profound, then one of your nasal cavities is less used than the other. It may then lead to many problems around the nose, including difficulty breathing, soring, loud breathing noise, stuffy nose and of course, runny nose. 

Whereas you can manage deviated septum’s symptoms, but some people might require surgery, nonetheless.

 Medicine

Your propensity towards having a runny nose might be to do with your medication. Several medicines like those for hypertension, ED, depression, pain management might then lead to having runny nose as well.

 Spicy food

Spicy food can metaphorically set your mouth on fire, and lead to not just runny nose but excessive water in the eyes as well. For most people, it is not a very big problem, since it is not always that you are indulging in spicy food.

 However, in some people, the impact can be extreme. They might need nasal sprays to moderate their body’s response. In certain cases, it may even merit surgery as well.

 Hormones

Hormones are a tricky business. Since they moderate important processes around the body, even the slightest change therein then has implications for your health.

 Similar to the rest of your body, your nasal membranes are also under the influence of hormones, namely, thyroid, growth and female sex hormone. Therefore, many pregnant women have to face the issue of a runny nose.

 They can take different nasal sprays but only at the discretion of the Best ENT specialist in Islamabad, as the impact of the spray on the baby’s health needs to be considered.