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Runny nose

I've had a running nose for a long time. The nose spray can solve this but I don't think that it's the best way. Could you help me?

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Runny nose is known to be a common symptom of allergies (hay fever) or diseases, such as the common cold.

When suffering with a common cold, accompanying symptoms include: sore throat, occasional blocked nose, sneezing and coughing and accompanying symptoms in hay fever include: frequent sneezing, blocked nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears and cough.

If symptoms are of allergic origin, it is advisable to avoid allergens Allergen avoidance applies to those with the following allergies:

  • Pollen allergy - Avoid walking in grassy, open spaces, particularly during the early morning, evening, and night, when pollen counts are at their highest, keeping windows shut, changing car pollen filters with each service
  • House dust mite allergy - Fitting mattresses and pillows with house dust mite impermeable covers using synthetic pillows and acrylic duvets, and keeping furry toys off the bed. Washing all bedding and furry toys at least once a week at high temperatures. Choosing wooden or hard floor surfaces instead of carpets, if possible. Fitting blinds that can be wiped clean instead of curtains. Surfaces should be wiped regularly with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Animal allergy -advise that ideally the animal should not be allowed in the house. When this is not acceptable, advise restricting their presence to the kitchen
  • Occupational allergy - reducing exposure to allergens, for example by using latex free gloves, using a dust mask, and ensuring that their environment is adequately ventilated

If despite allergen avoidance, symptoms persist, here is a list of drug treatments that are recommended:

  • Nasal antihistamines - used two to four times daily and are known to work within 15 minutes
  • Oral Non-drowsy antihistamines (loratidine, cetirizine) used once daily and known to work within 1 hour of use
  • Nasal corticosteroid sprays used once daily and known to work within 12 hours of use

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