Runny Nose (Rhinorrhea)

A runny nose is often a sign of rhinitis.

Runny Nose (Rhinorrhea)

A runny nose is often a sign of rhinitis.

What is a Runny Nose/Rhinorrea?

Drainage could run down the back of the throat or out of your nose, or both. A runny nose is often referred to by the terms rhinorrhea or rhinitis. Rhinorrhea is actually a thin, mostly clear nasal discharge. Rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal tissues. A runny nose is often a sign of rhinitis.

Causes of a Runny Nose/Rhinorrea?

One or more of the following possible causes could cause a runny nose:

  • Allergies.
  • Cold temperatures
  • Common cold

Gustatory rhinitis is a nonallergic form of rhinitis. It causes a runny nose after eating certain foods.

When to Seek Treatment

Usually, a runny nose will go away by itself. Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You are experiencing symptoms for 10 days or more without any improvement.
  • The symptoms are unusual or severe.
  • If a child’s drainage comes from one side and is green, bloody, or foul-smelling.

To ensure that the runny nose is not indicative of a more serious condition, your healthcare provider will conduct a physical exam.


Treatment Options May Include:

Foreign Object Removal

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