How to Stop Runny Nose Fast
This article to learn how to treat a temporary runny nose and prevent a bloody nose. If you are experiencing other symptoms in addition to your runny nose, like a fever, cough, and or sore throat, or if you have a chronically runny nose, then see your doctor to treat the underlying medical cause.
Determine the reason why you have a runny nose to get the most effective treatment. If you understand why your nose is leaky you can suit your response for effective treatment. Basic causes of runny noses, and potential cures, include:
Allergies: Take an over the counter antihistamine.
Cold/Sickness: Manage symptoms with steam and decongestants. See a doctor if symptoms worsen or last longer than 48 hours.
Clean out your nose regularly. When your nose is runny, blow it through. The best way to handle a runny nose is to remove the fluid. If you do not manage to get the irritant out of your nostrils, try a neti pod (detailed below) or other nasal irrigation product!
Gently massage your nose, between your eyes, and earlobes to ease sinus pressure. These points on your body can be used to relax your sinuses, helping slow down the flow of a runny nose. Apply light pressure to each nostril, closing and opening them slowly. Then rub above your eyes and on your ear lobes to complete the technique.
You can use a washcloth soaked in warm water for even better results.
Use steam to ease discomfort. This will help reduce the mucus that are produced by runny noses. You can also take a hot shower or bath, turn on a humidifier, or lean over a pot/bowl of hot water. Add eucalyptus oil, camphor spirit, peppermint oil or soda for an extra kick.
Try medication and supplements to further manage symptoms. There are a variety of prescription and over the counter sprays, pills, and creams to help manage your runny nose, including:
Nasal sprays, preferably those containing olopatadine (prescription only)
Vapor rubs and topical decongestants.
Magnesium (400mg) and or zinc (15mg) supplements can help open up your cells and nasal passageway.