A runny nose can be a nuisance while making you feel just plain miserable. As a mom myself, I particularly understand how important it is to keep yourself and your children healthy and happy.
The runny nose can be caused by many different reasons. The common reasons are a sinus infection, an allergic reaction, common cold and the sudden change in weather. You may think runny nose isn't a big thing. However, if you don't use some remedies to treat it, It may lead to more serious illness such as earaches, headaches.
In order to help more people get rid of runny nose faster, I am going to share 10+ effective remedies in this article including natural ways and common medication ways.
Natural Herbal Remedies
1. Mustard Oil
There are a variety of natural remedies to relieve a runny nose. Mustard oil, a pungently flavored oil, is one invaluable source and can be used in several different ways. Since it is edible, and used for cooking in some Indian and Middle Eastern regions, some feel that simply incorporating mustard oil in their everyday cooking will alleviate a runny nose.
Others take it a step further, for example, one source recommends mixing an equal amount of mustard oil and lime juice with a pinch of salt. The mixture is then heated until hot, and two teaspoonfuls are swallowed before bed for relief of the runny nose.
Mustard oil can also be used as a nose drop. The oil can be slightly warmed and a drop of two put into each nostril. Similarly, one can inhale the steam of water that has a few drops of mustard oil mixed into it.
2. Salt water
Another natural remedy is simple salt water. It, too, can be used in a number of ways as an effective resource against a runny nose. A nasal saline preparation can help by cleaning out the nasal sinuses, improving air flow through the nose, clearing particles such as allergens and other irritants, and improving the nose’s ability to clear mucus on its own.
You can either buy an over-the-counter saline spray product at the drug store or you can make your own. When making your own, you will mix approximately one eighth of a teaspoon of salt to one cup of water. A rubber ball syringe can be used to spray the solution into each nostril or you can simply put some in your hand and sniff it in. It is a very natural way to clear the excess mucus out of nasal passages.
Another way to use salt water is to gargle with it. Adding a teaspoon of salt to a cup of water and gargling for five minutes helps to reduce any bacteria in the throat. In addition, it will help to reduce the amount of mucus by thinning it and allowing it to drain.
Turmeric is another natural remedy that helps to cure symptoms of many ailments including a runny nose. It is beneficial because it has: antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It can be used by soaking it in linseed oil for 30 minutes and then heating it until it smokes. The smoke can then be inhaled for five to ten minutes to achieve beneficial therapy.
Since turmeric is edible, it can also be used in cooking or in a drink. To make a drink, you can mix a half of a teaspoon of turmeric into a glass of water or mix a full teaspoon of turmeric into a glass of warm milk. Drink the first solution twice per day to reduce mucus and drink the milk solution before bed for relief of cold symptoms.
When you got a runny nose, garlic is a great choice for getting rid of runny nose. Because of its strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, garlic is considered as the one of the most effective home remedies to cure runny nose.
How to use garlic for runny nose is easy. Just chew small pieces of raw garlic 3~4 times a day. Or you can buy some garlic supplements if you cannot stand its smell. However, I don't recommend you to cook the garlic or boil it in water. Because garlic could not endure high temperature, when you cook garlic, it will lost most of its properties. So you should take raw garlic.
Honey has an avalanche of health benefits. Amongst these is its ability to eliminate runny nose.
1. Take TWO teaspoons of honey
2. To get better results, mix TWO to THREE tablespoons of honey with a glass of warm water
Proportion of Daily Use: TWICE—once in the morning and the other at night
Alternate Process: You can also mix honey and milk for effective removal of stuffy nose
Note: Don't use hot water. It will destory all the properties of honey. Warm water is the best.
6 simple things you should try
6. Bedtime Remedy
One bedtime routine you will want to consider is to shower at night, instead of in the morning. This is especially helpful if your runny nose is due to allergies. It will help you sleep better if you wash the allergens away before you get into bed. Allergens tend to stick in your hair and on your skin. If you cannot shower, it may help to at least wash your eyelashes with baby shampoo before retiring for the night.
Another bedtime remedy step you can take is to forego the use of a pillow. Instead employ a large towel which you will roll into a solid cylinder. Put the rolled towel under your neck, so it is supported, and your head will be tilted back. The tilting of the head will allow you to breathe more freely while you sleep as the mucus will be reduced.
7. Take a Hot Shower
While a shower before bed will wash off any potential allergens, a hot shower anytime will provide steam. The steam can loosen mucus, allowing for quick drainage. Though this may be a temporary solution to the runny nose, it still has several beneficial effects.
Alternatively, you can sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running to provide steam or breathe steam from a basin of hot water, draping a towel over your head. Steam helps thin the mucus and clean out the irritants and allergens from the nose.
8. Massage Your Nose
Massaging your nose can help relieve a runny nose. This type of massage may be based on the Chinese principals of acupressure. It requires neither tools nor medicines, and it is simple enough to do anytime or anyplace making it an ideal solution to the runny nose.
The four steps of this method include massaging four different pressure points. The first is on the nose near the nostrils, the second is on the upper nose, near the corners of your eyes, the third is behind the earlobe, and the fourth is the earlobe itself.
Each spot is massaged 10 times, and the process is repeated three times for a clear nose. Similarly, Chinese reflexology advocates the massage of pressure points on the face and nose. Additionally, it recommends massage on specific other parts of the body including the feet for alleviating colds and runny nose symptoms.
9. Blow Your Nose
While it may seem that all you do when you have a runny nose is to blow it, it turns out that you may not be doing it properly. You probably never thought that there was a right way and a wrong way to blow your nose, but there is.
First of all, you have to remember not to blow too hard. Blowing your nose too hard can actually propel the mucus back up into the sinus cavities, causing sinus blockage and often resulting in a sinus infection. The forcefulness of such a hard blow can also cause nasal passage swelling.
On the other hand, the proper way to blow your nose is to hold a tissue up to your nose, press one nostril closed, and gently blow out through the other for three to five seconds and switch. You may have to do this several times, but it is effective, and it does not cause extra problems.
10. Apply a Warm Compress
Sometimes the simple act of applying a warm compress to your face will help resolve a stuffed or runny nose. When a compress is not available, the warmth of a moist towel applied over the nose and forehead can help break up mucus that is in the sinuses just as effectively.
You can use your hands on top of the towel to gently press the warmth against your face to act like a compress. The compression and moisture together not only feel good on contact, but they also help to relieve the pain of sinus pressure and congestion. It is especially helpful for those with allergies to dust. This method can be used any time of day, and it can be used several times a day to help keep symptoms under control.
11. Take less sugar
When you got a cough, it is not a good idea to take much sugar or food which contains much sugar. According to the studies, researchers find if you take 100grams sugar, the phagocytes will reduce the phagocytosis of the bacteria. So it is not a good news for our immune system. Obviously, you should take less sugar if you got a runny nose.
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Generally speaking, dry air is irritating for your nasal passages. When you are experiencing a runny nose from a cold or allergies, the dry air is especially problematic because it serves to exacerbate the irritants that are within their nose.
Providing moist air from a humidifier or cool mist vaporizer, however, will add moisture to the air and thus to your nasal passages. This moist air allows yournasal passages to drain faster, so you runny nose will not last as long. It works by helping to thin the mucus so it is easier for it to flow out of your nose rather than be thick and sticky.
It is especially important to run a humidifier during the winter when forced air heating systems dry the air in your home too much. You can purchase a gauge to measure the amount of humidity in your home’s air and adjust so that you have between 35 percent to 40 percent humidity.
13. Neti Pot
A neti pot is a device that looks like a small teapot with a long spout. It is filled with a saline solution that is then poured into each nostril. This process not only irrigates the nasal passages, but it also clears congestionand congestion causing irritants and allergens. This is a method that has been used since ancient times in India and is deemed safe and effective.
It is not hard to use the neti pot though it appears unusual for those who have never used it. You can watch the video below to see how to use the neti pot. Taking care to use it properly allows for a very safe process that helps clean out the nasal passages for a less runny nose.
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14. Saline Spray
In a manner similar to a neti pot, the saline spray will help clean nasal passages. In addition, using a saline spray can help thin the mucus that is present in your nose. This thinner mucus is easier to drain and leads to a quicker recovery from a cold or runny nose.
It also helps to clean out allergens or irritants from the nasal passages for ease of breathing. Saline sprays can be purchased or homemade.
If you choose to make your own saline solution, simply use one fourth of a teaspoon of salt and mix with two cups of warm water. A clean rubber bulb syringe can be used to spray the solution up the nostril. This remedy can be used as needed four times a day until symptoms seem to clear up. There are no side effects of using a nasal saline spray.
15. Prescription Medication
There are a variety of prescription medications that can be used to alleviate the symptoms of a runny nose. The cause of your runny nose will help determine what type of medication you may choose. There are a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications for treating allergies. Most of these fall in the category of antihistamines, which will decrease the histamines that cause many allergy symptoms. Some of the older antihistamines will also help with colds though many of the newer ones including Claritan and Allegra are mostly for allergies.
Decongestants are another category of medication that can be used for colds or allergies They help to relieve swelling in nasal passages to make air flow easier. Both antihistamines and decongestants have side effects. Antihistamines can make you tired and can dry out your mouth and eyes while decongestants can keep you awake and raise blood pressure, so they are not recommended for those with heart disease. With the myriad of side effects, medications should be the last choice in the arsenal against fighting colds and allergies.
16. Magnesium and Zinc Pills
Magnesium is a natural element that is believed to play a part in runny noses due to allergies. According to one source, magnesium reduces levels of histamines, which affect allergic reactions and reduces inflammation in the airways. Those with allergies may especially benefit from magnesium supplements. This natural supplement can often replace medications that come with unwanted side effects.
Zinc is typically taken as a lozenge, and it, too, can help reduce a runny nose. When one sucks on the zinc lozenge, the zinc ions dissolve and move up to the nasal passages where they bind to the cold virus and weaken it. The weakened cold virus then does not cause you as much trouble and goes away much more quickly than if you had not taken the zinc. The zinc lozenges should be taken at the first sign of cold symptoms and then every three to four hours thereafter for optimal relief.
Did you like my list of ways to stop your runny nose? Now that you know so many ways to get rid of a runny nose, feel free to put them into action the next time you or your children find yourself with a runny nose.
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