How To Stop A Runny Nose -Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

How To Stop A Runny Nose

A runny nose is a common phenomenon yet annoying and stressful. It can be very uncomfortable if you have a runny nose during your working hours, class or eating food.

It is normal, don’t panic if you are in a runny nose situation because we have listed out best and fast ten best home remedies to How to Stop a Runny Nose?.

A runny nose or in medical term Rhinorrhea is a condition where your nose becomes a waterfall.

In this state tissues present in your nasal cavity starts producing an excess amount of mucus. It can be a tedious job to clear your nose mucus every time it flows down the nasal cavity.

In this article, we will help you to know everything about What is a runny nose, symptoms of a runny nose, what causes a runny nose and most importantly best and fast home remedies to stop a runny nose naturally.

Signs And Symptoms Of A Runny Nose

Signs And Symptoms Of A Runny Nose

It is very easy to identify the signs and symptoms of a runny nose or rhinorrhea. In a runny nose condition, your nasal cavity is filled with mucus because mucus membrane starts generating an excess amount of mucus.

The membrane produces mucus faster than its normal rate which accumulates mucus in the nasal cavity. It becomes challenging to breathe through the nose as the nasal cavity is full of with mucus.

Sometimes headache and facial pain can be the symptoms of your runny nose. In a runny nose condition, air is trapped inside the nasal cavity which creates pressure during nose movement(breath in and out). A headache and facial pain are the side effect of this pressure.

A post-nasal drip can cause you coughing or a sore throat. In post-nasal drip, excess mucus in nose accumulates at the back end of the nose or in the throat causing you coughing.

Sometimes it happens when you forcefully try to breathe inside which causes the movement of mucus inside your throat through the back side of your nose.

Other symptoms include

  • Sneezing
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nasal discharge
  • Stuffy nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Mild body aches

Why Medication Bad During A Runny Nose?

It is good for health to allow a runny nose to clear up itself instead of taking any medication.

If you take medication to stop a runny nose forcefully than some of the mucus or virus can remain inside your nose. Due to which you will again face the runny nose problem as you stop taking the medicines.

Medication or antibiotics can provide you temporary relief from a runny nose but can’t cure it permanently. Even sometimes medication can have side effects which can increase the severity of your runny nose.

So if you want to cure your runny nose then never go on medication. Either allow a runny nose to clear up by itself or apply any of the natural home remedies for a runny nose discussed in below section.

What Causes A Runny Nose?

What Causes A Runny Nose

If you are in a runny nose condition and want to stop it fast then first you need to find out what causes you a runny nose?. Because for a different type of causes different remedies are required.

There are dozens of situation that can cause you a runny nose or rhinorrhea with or without any other side effects. A cold environment is the most common cause that is behind most of your runny nose condition.

Nasal infection and nostril allergies are also very common causes. A runny nose can be the side effect of crying or cocaine. Below we have listed out some of the most common causes of a runny nose.

1. Cold Environment

A runny nose is commonly seen in those people who live in a cold Environment or who frequently go to low-temperature areas. The reason behind your runny nose in winter is thermodynamics rules and your natural body reaction to the cold environment.

Mucus membrane produces mucus which equilibrates the temperature of outer air to the body temperature. But in winter due to cold air, your mucus in the nasal cavity dry out fast and forces the mucous membrane to produce mucus in excess.

The other supporting cause for a runny nose during winter is that when a normal temperature air(include water vapors) exhaled from the nose meets the outside cold air it condenses at the nostrils.

This fills the nasal cavity with more liquid which tries to flows down through your nostrils. You should avoid going to colder climate without covering your nose.

2. Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a condition in which the area around nasal cavity, i.e., sinus swollen and inflamed. This condition narrows the passage for mucus to flow down to the nasal cavity because of this mucus drains out easily in the nasal cavity.

Sinusitis occurs as a result of an infection with bacteria, viruses or fungi. It can last for one week to three months. Swallon sinus causes the mucus blockage due to which breathing becomes difficult, and mucus builds up at the back of the nose. This mucus build-up can result in post-nasal drip.

People with thick mucus are more prone to this type of a runny nose problem. Headaches are often seen as the side effect of Sinusitis. You should visit your doctor if it lasts for longer days.

3. Allergies

A runny nose or rhinorrhea can occur to you if you are allergic to certain substances like pollen, dust, latex, shellfish, or animal dander. Allergies can occur when you are in touch with these substances, inhale them or consume them.

When the body by mistake considers these harmless substances as dangerous, the immune system becomes overactive and attack these substances triggering allergic reactions.

Hayfever(or allergic rhinitis) is a very common type of allergic reaction which occurs mainly in the spring season. In springs when the environment is windy, the amount of pollen is very high which can cause allergic reaction easily. If a runny nose doesn’t clear up by itself, then a medical help should be taken.

4. Crying

Have you ever wondered Why your nose become watery while crying?. Yes, it’s true that nasal cavity becomes watery when you are crying maybe some of you have not noticed it. But it is very common and irritating cause for a runny nose.

That your tears can cause you a runny nose. When you continuously cry, your tear duct overflows, and excess tears drip down the nasal cavity causing you a runny nose problem.

5. Common Cold

‘Common cold’ is another reason why you have a runny nose. It’s a viral infection of your nose and upper respiratory tract.

Many types of viruses are responsible for causing the common cold. Rhinoviruses are the most common virus that causes the common cold infection and a runny nose as a side effect.

These viruses enter into your body via mouth, nose or eyes and sometimes in droplet when someone already affected sneeze, talks or a cough. You should avoid sharing of things like towel, handkerchief, clothes or food, etc with an already affected person because these viruses can travel from one to other.

It happens 2-3 times to a healthy adult which is normal. Common cold can be cured easily if you take care of yourself properly, such as avoid cold food and places, avoid cigarette, hookah, and other harmful drugs, etc.

It could last longer in those who are a regular cigarette smoker. If symptoms don’t improve, see your doctor.

6.Influenza (flu)

Influenza or flu is another type of viral infection of your nose, throat, and lungs that can cause you a runny nose. It’s also a common cause for a runny nose problem.

Its resolves itself for most of the time but sometimes virus complication could be deadly for those with a problem of the weak immune system, obesity, chronic illness, etc.

Influenza causing viruses travels similarly like common cold via talk, droplets, touching, coughing or sneezing.

Everytime influenza virus enters into your body it forms a new strain of a virus. Your body forms antibodies to fight influenza virus and because of influenza virus changing nature, your previous formed antibodies won’t work on new influenza virus.

In normal condition, runny nose problem due to influenza virus lasts for 4-10 days but if symptoms don’t improve, see your doctor.

Home Remedies To Stop Runny Nose Fast

1. Salt Water For Runny Nose

Salt Water For Runny Nose

It is scientifically proved that drops of saltwater breaks down the mucus and eventually helps to clear it out easily from the nasal cavity. Saltwater is the fastest way of breaking down the thick mucus which accumulates in your nose.

It is easy to prepare and use saltwater for a runny nose as water and salt are always available at home. Follow the below steps to get instant relief from a runny nose.

How to Use Saltwater to Stop a Runny Nose :

  • Take 2 cups of warm water
  • Add 11/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Stir until salt dissolves completely
  • Fill the dropper with saline solution
  • Now drop 3-4 drops in your nose with dropper
  • Do it for 2-3 in a day

2. Ginger For Runny Nose

Ginger For Runny Nose

Ginger contains antiviral and antifungal properties, i.e., it is used to cure a runny nose. Instead of thining the mucus, it directly attacks the infectious virus that causes you a runny nose.

How to Use Ginger to Stop a Runny Nose :

  • Grate some ginger
  • Add a pinch of salt on it
  • Chew ginger several times during the day
  • You can also brew ginger tea
  • Drink it 3-4 times a day

3. Turmeric For Runny Nose

Turmeric For Runny Nose

As we all know turmeric has the properties of antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and even antioxidant. A small pinch of turmeric powder can help you to stop your continuous runny nose. It will break down the mucus and make you feel less irritable.

How to Use Ginger to Stop a Runny Nose :

  • one teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 cup linseed oil
  • Soak the turmeric powder in linseed oil
  • Now inhale the smoke emitted 2-3 times a day

4. Warm Water Bath For Runny Nose

Warm Water Bath For Runny Nose

The warm water bath will not only give you relief from a runny nose but also help your body to relax. After warm bath intake some ginger tea and rest for 4-5 hours. It will greatly help you with a runny nose.
This remedy is preferred when you got a runny nose because of the cold environment. If your nose is infected due to an infectious virus than use this remedy with other remedies also.

5. Mustard Oil For Runny Nose

Mustard oil For Runny Nose

Another natural remedy to stop rhinorrhea is to put one-one drops of mustard oil in each nostril of your nose. After this breathe naturally for 2 min to allow mustard oil settle.

Mustard oil has the property of antibiotic and antiviral which helps in eliminating the cold and relieving the symptoms of a runny nose. Use this remedy in the morning and the night for 3-4 days and see the result.

6. Steam For Runny Nose

Steam For Runny Nose

Steaming your nose is one of the best natural home remedies for a runny nose. The warmth of the steam soothes your nose mucous membrane which reduces the production of excess mucus. It also breaks down the thick mucus, for its easy passage through the nostrils. With this remedy, you will feel relaxed and can breathe easily.

How to Use Steam to Stop a Runny Nose :

  • Take a bowl of hot steaming water
  • Keep your face over the bowl(at a safe distance)
  • Cover both the bowl and your face with a towel
  • Now inhale the steam
  • Do it for 10-15 minutes

7. Warm Chicken Soup

Warm Chicken Soup

This remedy is for the people who are non-vegetarian. Warm chicken soup is used worldwide for curing many cold and flu infections. Most of the chicken soup contains amino acid also known as cysteine.

Chemically cystine resembles the property of acetylcysteine which is used for curing several respiratory infections. The warmth of warm chicken soup soothes your respiratory pipe which helps in loosen the mucus and reduce any respiratory symptoms of a runny nose.

8. Garlic For Runny Nose

Garlic For Runny Nose

Garlic contains allicin which is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Because of these properties, garlic is used to destroy the virus that causes you runny nose infection. Consumption of garlic is preferred to get immense relief from a runny nose infection, and it also warms up your body. Chew 1-2 garlic clove after every six hours for the best results. Doing this will help you to get rid of your runny nose.

FAQ Regarding Runny Nose

Q – Is a runny nose 1-2 times a year good or bad?

A – For a normal healthy person runny nose 1-2 times a year is not bad. On an average, every human face a runny nose 2-3 times every year.

Q – Is medication good or bad?

A – Medication for a runny nose is not good because sometimes medication is the cause of a runny nose. So you should avoid medication and try to apply any of the above homemade natural remedies to cure a runny nose.

Q – Do a runny nose heals itself?

A – Yes, in most of the cases a runny nose clear up by itself, but there is some exception where the help of doctors should be taken.

Q – Why does my nose run like water?

A – It is normal to have a runny nose, you just need to handle it carefully. Just apply any of the above-discussed home remedies to cure it.


On an average, an adult has a 2-3 time runny nose in a year. So don’t panic if you are in a runny nose condition. Most importantly don’t directly go for the medication, as medication does not cure a runny nose permanently. You just have to apply any of the natural home remedies as discussed in above section.

Hope you have got enough information about a runny nose. If you have any question regarding this, please comment it below in comment section. Your question will be answered by a proper medical staff.

Note: All the information regarding a runny nose causes, symptoms and home remedies are verified by a proper medical personnel.

Dr.Manaan Gandhi :Dr. Manaan Gandhi is the one of the young dynamic Ayurveda doctor.He started off by presenting a research paper in a national conference in Mumbai.
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