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Home remedies for runny nose

What are the home remedies for a runny nose?

Some of the common remedies, that can help with runny nose and might relieve common cold symptoms, are mentioned below.


Stay hydrated

Thick mucus can cause congestion and it can also be difficult to drain due to its consistency.

Drinking plenty of water can help make the consistency of the mucus thinner, thereby making it flow easier.

Precaution: Avoid beverages like coffee or alcohol, which may cause dehydration.


Hot beverages

Hot tea or hot water can always be helpful as the temperature may relax the openings of the mucus membranes and cavities.

Certain herbal teas may contain anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve swelling and sore throat.



Inhaling steam from a water container with hot water can help relieve a runny nose and congestion. Certain essential oils or herbs with decongestant properties may help in removing excess mucus.


Hot shower

A hot shower with steam can open the sinuses and make the mucus thinner, helping easier flow and removal.


Warm cloth

Applying a warm, moist cloth to the face on a regular basis can help open up the sinuses and cavities. Apply on the forehead and on the face covering the cheeks.


Consume Spicy Food

Consuming foods that are spicy like different kinds of pepper, wasabi, horseradish or ginger can produce a feeling of heat and help dilate the opening of the sinuses and mucus membranes.



Capsaicin, found in chilli, can prove to be effective for a number of health conditions like relieving runny nose.

Use of capsaicin by applying it inside or on the nose can prove to be effective in helping get rid of a runny nose when the cause is non-allergic.



Cleansing using a neti pot, a special device used to help remove the mucus, can be beneficial if used appropriately. It can flush out the nostrils using a salt water solution.

For kids or infants, use a rubber suction bulb to remove any excess nasal discharge.


Over the Counter Products

Use nasal sprays that have decongestant properties like budesonide but avoid using it regularly for more than a few days.

Antihistamine nasal sprays can be effective against non-allergic rhinitis as oral antihistamines are less effective in this case.



• Use cold or flu medication available at the pharmacy.

Consider antihistamines if the reason behind the condition is an allergy.

• Pain killer medication can also be used for chronic or unbearable pain.

Always be careful and consult a doctor before giving medication to young children or when taking strong medication like antihistamines.


Some other basic steps involve:

• Avoiding known allergens and smoke

• Keeping the windows closed during allergy season and wearing a mask in case one is susceptible to allergies.

• Gently blowing the nose to remove mucus

• Keep the head at an elevated level

• Use nasal strips that can widen the nostrils


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