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How to Stop a Runny Nose

If you’re experiencing a runny nose, you need relief. Here are five ways to stop a runny nose.

You’re trying to get your work done but you have to stop every few minutes to blow your nose! This can be a frustrating scenario. A runny nose can be caused by a variety of factors including a cold or virus, allergies and hay fever, medications, airborne chemicals, or triggered by changes in the environment. You can get short term relief by blowing your nose but chances are you’ll have to repeat the process which can be distracting. Here are some ways to stop a runny nose:

Determine the cause of your runny nose.

If your runny nose persists beyond several weeks, you should see a doctor to determine the cause. You may need allergy testing and an examination to rule out nasal polyps. If the cause of your runny nose is determined to be allergic in nature, you can take steps to avoid the potential allergens. There are also prescription allergy medications you can take on a daily basis to reduce your symptoms. If you have a cold or virus, most likely your symptoms will be short term and you’ll only need symptomatic relief.

Irrigate your nasal passages.

Irrigating your nasal passages with a salt water solution can help to clear out nasal secretions and remove some of the irritants that may be causing your nose to run. You can buy nonprescription saline nasal sprays at your local drugstore, but it’s easy enough to make your own by adding a half teaspoon of table salt to a cup of water. Draw the solution into an eyedropper, hold your head back and drop a few drops into the back of your nose. Breathe in deeply and repeat several times to distribute the saline water throughout your nasal passages. You can then blow your nose to remove any residual water and nasal secretions.

Increase the humidity of the air you breathe.

You want the air you breathe in to be moist to avoid further irritating already inflamed nasal pages. If you don’t already have a humidifier, consider purchasing one for your home. There’s some thought that keeping your nasal passages moist through use of a humidifier may ward off cold and flu viruses.

Take an antihistamine.

Antihistamines work best for stopping a runny nose caused by allergies, although you may get some relief for a runny nose from other causes. One precautionary note, most antihistamines available at your drugstore can cause drowsiness. Don’t use one if you’ll be operating machine or driving.

Use drugstore nasal sprays only for short periods.

Drugstore nasal sprays such as Afrin are quite effective, but you can experience a rebound effect after several days of usage. This means that your symptoms may become worse. If you need to use a nasal spray, use it only at night and for a three day period at most.

Nasal irritation and congestion is no fun, but now that you know how to stop a runny nose, you’ll experience a lot less discomfort and can concentrate on getting your work done.

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  1. do you have spots which doesn’t come off which is red

  2. i will faint …i cant hold my nose anymore…and i have a concert soon.oh my god…

  3. This didn’t work. My nose is STILL runny. :(

  4. Thank you for the kind advice!

  5. i feel like cutting my nose off

  6. chicken soup, orange juice and brandy with honey.

  7. Snort Cayenne & Salt.
    It Hurts But It Works…
    The Take A Steam Shower, An Antihistamine & A Saline Solution ( netti )

    in less than 12 hours…..your sinisitus, runny nose and nasal congestion will be a thing of the past.

    Avoid Dairy!

  8. Just get in the shower and let the steam take its course

  9. eat spicy food, tobassco.
    it will cause short term pain for long term harmony..

  10. AHHH… my nose hurts. Nyquil or Theraflu didnt work. Steam only kinda works. This is horrible… please shoot me

  11. This is not a CURE but this helps.

    Roll some tissue napkins that fits the rim of your nose holes, leave it there until your runny nose will be out of runiing anymore.

  12. omg sticking tissue up ur nose actually works lol

  13. LOL! And I though it was sliff and cold beer combined with the wad of tissue #11 suggested. OMFG!!! I feeeellll waaaayyy betttterrrr!!

  14. tissue in the nose work better than a thousand way. I am doing it and able to do anything now and not bothered.

  15. Way to funny! I agree reading the remedies here made me feel better too for a bit I forgot about sore runny nose.

  16. All I can do is stick a tissue up my nose and put lotion on wherever my nose gets irritated… :/

  17. smoke ish.

  18. this trick always works for me…..run on the spot until you inhaul and outhaul hard. the mucus will just move away

  19. make a hot tea and squeeze a lot of lemon juice, add 4 or 5 tea spoons of honey and then mix it. don’t add sugar… Then drink it slowly.. this will stop the runny nose for 20-30 min or so.. if that doesn’t help go out and get sushi and eat it with Wasabi.. this will definitely help

  20. My runny nose began right after I had rhinoplasty 5 years ago. I also have allergies and any allergin can irritate my sinuses and makes my nose run more. I also sneeze alot due to allergies and irritants in the air. I’ve found that using a nettie pot to irrigate my sinuses helps alot. I use it every other day. I’ve noticed that when I forget to use it regularly, my nose starts to run again. I’ve also tried Flonase and Zyrtec. The Flonase works, but it dries out my sinuses and I get alot of nose bleeds. The Zyrtec makes me drowsy so I don’t take it unless I absolutely need it, which is usually around spring time. Anyway, if you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend the nettie pot. It really works. Good luck.

  21. ugh omg my nose has been runnin all day! it is super red from all the irritation!!!i took an antihistamine but that crap didnt work!!! what can i do now?

  22. Fix laptop, blow nose, fix laptop, blow nose… all day long …. help!!!

  23. omgg im going to try this sounds
    like is might be the anserww
    been blowing my nose all day
    nd i needed to stop blowing my ugly nose

  24. its me aMBER AGAIN
    talk people!!!

  25. om myspace!!!!

  26. ok but seriously i been blowing my nose so much that i think i ruptured my ears cause now there bleeding what should i do now to stop my running nose cause its running like a fauset and someone broke the handle off!!!
    the salt water only made my running nose run but i think it helped the bleeding ear by culterizing the open sore

  27. The best way is to keep a tissue in your nose. I’ve been doing this for the past several hours and one side of my nose is dry.

    :)

  28. steps tried – results

    1.) Steambath – immediate symptom relief, relaxing as it is. Though you can’t lay in the tub all day.

    2.)Hot foods, warm liquids, soups – feeling alot better now after having a large part of the day going with a running nose and loads of sneezing.

    -not tried but does help

    3.)swallow chunks of raw garlic, eat and go to bed – you’ll feel messed up throughout the sleep, really warm but the next day it really feels like its’ worn off – be it a cold or a fever. Been working for me anyway.

    Yeah I felt like cutting off my nose too ^^, but I blame the springcold or the fact that I don’t workout and take care of myself like I used to.

  29. HAHA that’s funny! Number 11! I just did that and then I read your post and I laughed because I was like “hey, this might work way better” and then you said that too.

  30. Now im going to try this putting tissue up your nose thing..hope it works..

  31. omg i cant get my nose to stop running and i tried the tussue thing but that doesen’t work, i have the cold and it’s so irritating, can someone please help me, i think im gonna chop off my nose if it doesen’t stop.

  32. This seems to help me when at work. Try not to look downwards and breath through your mouth and not your nose. Not 100% but does help.

  33. i tryd the tissue up my nose ya it kinda does work. ita the red , raw part of my nose that i wanted to go away. reading this did help me forget about it for a few minutes though lol

    thanks hmm ill just have to keep this tissue up the nose things cause i see the wet and the cheap tissue im ussing is cutting my nose. so i bought the vicks with aloe kleenx it works wonderful i do belive try it get it from any drug store …

  34. chicken soup and something warm for sure helps. spicy foods is good for clearing the nose. i like to eat a teaspoon on horseradish that clears my nose out. cold air actully helps move the mucus in the back of ur nose and throat. its nice getting fresh air rather then getting to much wet dry air making it worse.

  35. i love to suck dick

  36. i have the same dam runny nose, it’s been like this for the past 5 days already. really bad. will try the above.

  37. I tried number #35 and although it didn’t stop my nose from running it did take my mind off it

  38. dam cold. nose is running like a tap. can’t concentrate on anything. Head full ears about to burst. in the 3rd day now how much longer. Can’t stand it

  39. I have had a runny nose which is dripping like a tap all day and its red and sore. The tip of putting tissue up your nose seems to be helping me ,and it gave my husband a laugh to see how funny I look with two great bits of tissue hanging out of my nose . Good tip.

  40. just remember runny nose is a natural process for ridding bad bacteria in the congested areas, the only way to somehow stop it is to never make your nose dry otherwise irritation will occur causing it to make it runny again.
    For me you may think this is really weird but when its a cold day i force my body to become cold and miraculously you get no runny nose, except for a freezing cold body.

    The golden rule is making your body hot and quickly cooling it down or vice versa will make you sick and give you runny nose
    Please remember all the small details when you try remedies :D

  41. hot foods work….. #35 doesnt work well

  42. Ok guys I know how to stop a running nose, you catch it.

  43. OMG those comments are soo funny I forgot about this bad cold… The runny nose is bad but the swollen eyes because of runny tears is wose!!!! I stick tissues inside my nose and i feel a little better but my eye is still swollen and hurts :(

  44. im over 3 months pregnant i sneeze al day long n my nose runs like lose tap omg so flippin annoying,apprently its called pregncy rhintis so it cant be stop, it last up2 6 weeks, im sure
    theres way please helpppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  45. I think its the weather, i shouldnt be complaining that its been sunny in UK for 4 days now :O but my nose just keeps running. all i can do is stick tissue in the nostils. then 10 mins later change them as they are soaked to the core. nice.. yeah it is.

  46. have a hot tea… drug up on whatever you can find in your drug drawer at home… clear out ur nose and instantly sniff a marker. you will be suprised!

  47. I have chronic allergies but I don’t have the money to go to the doctor and get perscription medicine for it. Well I have a couple of things that may help.

    The tissue up nose helps a bit, cinnamon candies help a lot, the massaging bit above doesn’t really help too much but one thing that I haven’t seen on here is sniffing a sharpie. As funny as it sounds it actually works. It works as if you have vick’s vapor rub without the funny smell on you all day. That and if you are having problems going to sleep because of it, try putting your pillow under your neck instead of your head, so that you are looking at the ceiling, this will cause your sinuses to run backwards, so that you can get to sleep.

  48. are you a girl or a boy?

  49. OMG. i want someone to cut my nose off!!!
    my nose is like a coffee machine….it doesn’t stop. i have tried all the cures but nothing works. and today at work i forgot my tissues (you do not want to see what happened). PLEASE HELP

  50. A warm rag will do the trick for a irritating nose. I tried it once when i had a runny nose and it soothed the irritating part of my nose quick. So i truely recommend the hot/warm rag compressed against your nose.

  51. i hate runny noses

  52. Omg I feel you there man, fix laptop, blow nose…. Fix laptop, blow nose…. Rinse and repeat, unfortunatly it doesn\’t stop….

  53. Omg I feel you there man, fix laptop, blow nose…. Fix laptop, blow nose…. Rinse and repeat, unfortunatly it doesn\\\’t stop….

  54. man that tissue up the nose works like a crazy thing. daymn thats good tissuing? just gonna go for a walk now?. why not.

  55. wow those few lines helped me out big time and the part about forcing yourself to stand in the cold i been doing that for some years and yes it does work everyone to prevent a runny nose good advice

  56. CURE!
    CURE!
    CURE!
    CURE!
    Something that is a CURE! It hurts but it will work!

    Put a small dash of salt on the table, and snort it, then right after, maybe 10 to 15 mins after if your lazy, Take a Steam shower,and let the steam take its course, Then your runny, or stuffy nose will be a thing of the past, for good…!!!!!!!!!!

  57. OMG the raw garlic is almost instant!! eat one Big clove, crunch , chew and swallow! try to keep your mouth closed as much as possible to let the fumes of garlic circulate. I CAN BREATHE THROUGH MY NOSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 5 DAYS!! and its stopped running! totally natural CURE! you will smell for 24 hours but your runny nose has gone!

  58. I can’t get the tissues to stay in my nostrils, they keep falling.

  59. it did not work but my nose worsend

  60. take no drowse decolgen for ur runny nose…. its effective…try it

  61. the tissue thing only works until you sneeze and they fly out. not really suitable for going out in public either.

  62. I hate being sick…….this sucks majorly…..I think that my “just seasonal” alergies have turned into a sinus infection…….I have been blowing my nose and hockering all day……my throat hurts real bad now from all the drainage and I have a really nasty cough…..I just wanna sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so drained.

  63. Ugh. School just started and i have a runny nose. Here\’s a few tips:

    drink hot white milk with two tablespoons of honey.
    take a nice long hot shower.
    eat a bit of ginger with honey.
    do something distracting. Talk to you best friends, laugh, tell stories, watch just for laughs or your fav. tv show.
    hope it helps.
    omg. i am using soft tissues and my nose is irriated. have been dealing with this all day. oh yeah, eat some spicy soup.

  64. p.s. it\’s me (guest) again. if you had to sneeze and lost it, look at the ceiling and the sneeze will come back. and another thing, don\’t go near a place that is too dusty!

  65. hi this has been real cool reading all these comments who knew that people search how to stop a runny nose on a daily basis thats random!!!!!!!!!!

  66. Im one of those unlucky people who constantly have a runny nose
    and doing exams now :(

  67. i have a relief for about 5-7 hours
    you have to buy a product, which is all natural aloe products tho it owrks
    called forever living “aloe first”
    can be used on all kinds of cuts, bruises, sore throat and runny nose,
    if you get hte cold in the begining it will go away, otherwise you will have to spray alot of it in your nose for a cure
    also it kinda hurts alot for aboyut a min tho after you dont even notice your cold

  68. I’m now sat here with 2 pieces of folded and rolled up tissue stick out of my nose. After a minute or so of watery eyes I’m surprised to find it has actually worked.

  69. well for me vicks vaporub works…. rub allround your nose n u gonna feel cold kinda mint n its really works!!!!

  70. I cant even sleep now, my nose is fcked up

  71. Ok, so I’ve had a cold for two weeks. Just as it was settling down and I was feeling better, I wake up with this huge hangover type headache with pressure and soreness around my eyes and my face effing hurts!! 2 days like this. So I get out the ol’ bottle of vicodin and started the sudafed nasal spray, and the pain is merely hidden. But I know it’s still there. So, it’s getting better. Oral sex from my girlfriend, a vicodin (1 pill twice daily) and nasal spray. It’s working well. Sex is a definite fix for the few hours you spend with your mind and body occupied. Keep blowing your nose to get that mucus out, (don’t snort and swallow. That’s not only gross but it keeps what your body is trying to flush, in your body to make more. Sex, vicodin (which stops nasal drip for a few hours), nasal spray in the morning and hot tea or/and gatoraid.
    Only take the vicodin if you have this sinus pain. It hurts so bad that I had to take it. But don’t get hooked on them. Take them with extreme care. Also, to sleep I take Tylenol sinus, and lunesta with a little ganja. Works like a champ and you’ll sleep like a baby.
    Waking up sick sucks!! But the worst part should be over within an hour or two once the meds kick in.
    I also suggest just enough ganja to put you to sleep. Depends on your tolorence but you don’t want to be smoking while your lungs, nasal passages and everything else is trying to heal.
    This season is one of the worsts for cold and flu here in sunny, hot, raining cold California. Everyone’s got it and everyone’s spreading it. So sanitize your hands often, your desk at work, spray Lysol around the house and at work to kill airborne bacteria and try not to hang with people that are sick. Soon, it will pass and we’ll be well again.
    Did I mention sex and ganja? Yeah do that… I have no reason to lie. If you’re sweating it out, all the better. Luckily, my girl shares my beliefs. “honey, I feel horrible, I need some tender love and care.” I’ll come back and check to see if any of these worked for anyone. My friend is a doctor, and although they have different approaches to colds and sinus stuff, his advice has been great.
    Oh, don’t forget to not be TOO bed ridden. Try to live like you’re well and walk around, do what you can to not just lay in bed if you can. I was in bed for 3 days and my doc said go for a walk, breathe the freshly polluted LA smog outside and get back in the swing of things. Mentally, it helps so youre telling your body not to get used to being sick and making it work to get all the crap out of you. Spit, don’t swallow kids. And don’t spit on the ground for others to find later. That’s just nasty. Get a spit cup or a lined (with a grocery bag) trash can to huck your nasty mucus. Then get it out of the house as soon as possible.
    Good luck, hope this helps and sorry for the rambling.
    SoCal Joe

  72. How long are you supposed to keep the tissue in your nose?

  73. SoCal Joe,
    At first I was disgusted by your ref. to sex and ganja, but then two things struck me. 1) You are from Cali so it makes sense. 2) I like your approach to living life as if you aren’t feeling like crap every day. I think there is a bit of truth to that. While suffering these horrible sinus problems, if you stay in bed, you are only sleeping and staying in your sickness. It’s best to breathe the air and get your immune system back in order. This is also good advice for those who are trying to protect their young children on a daily bases from sickness at school, etc. Please, let your kids be kids, if you protect them constantly from colds or flu, they will not build a strong immune system. So, I liked what you had to say SoCal.
    From your pal in the Midwest, Chi-Town Liz

  74. quote [ runnny nose sucksssss | Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    Im one of those unlucky people who constantly have a runny nose
    and doing exams now :( ]

    omgg i am in the same situation as you! i have a vce methods exam tomrow morning, and i have caught a sore throat + runny nose!!
    well my sore throats kinda cured, but I CANNOT BREATHE WITH MY NOSE
    IT IS SOOO ANNOYING

    i have tried all the prescription drugs/antihistamines/ and so on and so on.

    the only thing i can do now is stick tissues up my nose as everyone is LOL

  75. oh wow. you all need a life!!

    Its just a runny nose!!!

    It WILL go away!

    Ive been having a runny nose since yesterday. Just suck up and deal with it!! you wont have it forever. in time it will fade. If not.. then you just have allergies… and that sucks for you. but if its just a runny nose from a cold or virus it should go away soon if you dont make it any worse…

  76. Cool Liz! I appreciate that as I hope you appreciate my honesty.
    Sex makes you work those limbs and muscles that have been sitting or lying in bed not doing much, so the flow of blood generated even by foreplay can be very helpful. It also helps to get your mind in a mode where your concentrated on the action at hand. (literally for the single folks out there.. Haha sorry=) my intensions are pure, I promise. The ganja helps with so many things with the exception of the excersize. You’ll wanna either eat, sleep, hydrate, and maybe something productive if you’re smoking early enough. I know I love sleeping.
    So back to the runny nose subject.
    It’s a pain to have to blow your nose every 5 minutes. It’s actually totally inconvenient. But after you smoke, there’s a lot less to complain about.
    I’m not saying to have sex with a joint in your mouth and Kleenex stuffed up your nose, I’m simply trying to give helpful advice to get your mind off of the obsession and aggrivating burden of what can’t be avoided. Your body’s natural flushing system. Let it work. Kleenex in your nose for a few minutes here and there does work.
    But I think it does block the natural flow of mucas unless you use something that absorbs like a tampon. I mean absorb just like a tampon does, not “use a tampon”. Who knows, tampons work very well for a bloody nose. But for mucas, not so much.
    Blow your nose, get your mind off things. If you’re online researching a remedy, chances are over the counters are not sufficient. So my suggestions are simply what has worked for me.
    Best of luck with all the runny noses out there and remember, let nature do it’s thing.

  77. Fear not, I have the cure! Sniff a sharpie or similler permanant marker for a few seconds and this will stop your runny nose instantly. The fumes stop your nasal producing mucas. It works. I know sniffing markers is not a good thing but its only for a few seconds, and anything is better than a runny nose. I would sniff a sweaty ass if it meant my nose stop runnying!

  78. hahahah that tissue trick works! i’ve been blowing my nose every couple of minutes for the last 3 days – at work, which involves being on the phone a lot and the last thing a customer wants to hear over the phone is sniffing and blowing the nose. The tissue trick works well! I have a bit of tissue in each nostril and havent had to blow for half hour.

    The ganja trick works well too i think, to get your mind of the annoying ness – too bad I cant smoke any at work, and it doesn’t do too well for the sore throat which is a minus.

  79. its really working…

  80. its really working…

  81. The fastest way to get rid of your cold

    + tissue up your nose
    + lots of sleep (with a tissue up your nose)
    + hot showers
    + hot food
    + lemsip lol

    Always works for me, I used to have colds for weeks. I never have one for more than 2 days now..
    (Lempsip’s important.. Beechams is also very good.. get the powder stuff not the pills)

  82. I FOUND THE ANSWER TO ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS

    this hurts a bit but after that it really works get an onion and cut off a slice and just chew it for as long as you can stand it

    INSTANT RELIEF TO YOUR RUNNY NOSE!!

  83. XD wahhh i just got the runny nose yesterday and school started :(

  84. I can feel that my nose is running around everywhere…i’m trying to catch but I just can’t!! so that’s why they call it a “runny nose”!!

  85. Hey! I got a soothng solution to irritated skin around the nose and the runny nose itself ! ! Don’t stuff kleenex up your nose though! All that does is clogg it, forcing the bacteria to stay in your nose, making it impossible for you to recover (it also forces the mucus to run down to your throat from the back of your nose, which will make you choke and gag.)

    Okay! Go fill up your bathroom sink with warm water! Now, take a breath and hold it, while you sink your nose and its surrounding skin into the warm water. It will sooth the irritation on the skin; in, and around the nose! okay now, blow your nose IN the water. It may not look pretty, but it REALLY helps!! Plus, since your nose is surrounded in the soothing water, it will be easier for you to blow your nose into the water because theres lots of moisture! *AND wheyou blow into the water, the tissue/toilet paper cant irritate you, cause your using waaarm water :D )

    after you do that, dry off your nose and the surrounding area. it should help alot! repeat this solution if needed.

    Also, I suggest you suck on a REALLY spicy mint. The minty fumes will travel up through your nose and pretty much clear it up!!

    Hope I helped! :D

  86. Mary jane works :)

  87. eat hot chicken soup
    eat spicy things
    hot tea with honey and lemon
    make sure when you go to sleep tight your head with rubber band
    or the thing that muslim people ware
    eat garlik
    suck lemon then it will kill your germs

  88. vagina

  89. I have a runny nose right now and its Christmas tomorrow

    I just had a hot shower, cut up a lemon and drained some of the lemon juice down my nose it felt good afterwards but it stung like hell.

    I also suggest eating wasabi that helps heaps although I don’t have any to use right now.

    Does anyone know how to stop the redness on both sides of the nostrils

  90. ditto

  91. Here\s a way to help stop a runnny nose:

    Take a tissue or napkin, roll it up to about the size of the width of your nose. Soak the rolled up tissue under the sink. Then, squeeze it a little too get rid of the extra water in it. Once your done all of this, stick the two ends of the rolled and wet tissue in both rims of your nose.

    At first it’ll feel its falling off but later on, it will stick to your nose with the support from the rims of your nose

    This worked for me and so I hope this will work for you

  92. Its Gabe again

    keep the wet tissue in your nose until it dries up and
    breathe with your mouth

  93. Sniff a sharpy or any other permanent marker for a few seconds. This will stop your nose running instantly. No joke! It really works.You can listen to stupid home remedies that don’t work or your GP who doesn’t have a clue or you can get instant releif from products around the home. I am not advocating solvent abuse I’m just offering a quick fix to end the misery of a runny nose. It is safe. You breath solvents everyday from various everyday products. Even if you where just using a sharpy (permanent marker) normally you would inhale a suffcient amount of solvent to stop your nose running. Remember, I am only talking a 3 second sniff. Try it, it works!

  94. Sniff a sharpy or any other permanent marker for a few seconds. This will stop your nose running instantly. No joke! It really works.You can listen to stupid home remedies that don\’t work or your GP who doesn\’t have a clue or you can get instant releif from products around the home. I am not advocating solvent abuse I\’m just offering a quick fix to end the misery of a runny nose. It is safe. You breath solvents everyday from various everyday products. Even if you where just using a sharpy (permanent marker) normally you would inhale a suffcient amount of solvent to stop your nose running. Remember, I am only talking a 3 second sniff. Try it, it works!

  95. try to pun pun benzine. wet a cloth with benzene, press it on ur nose and take a deep breath.

  96. THIS BLOW I FEEL LIKE CRAP AND WORKING. MY NOSE IS BLEEDING HELP!!!!!!!

  97. THIS SUCKED THEY DIDNT STAY FOR A LONG TIME DIDNT WORK :P

  98. THIS SUCKED THEY DIDNT STAY FOR A LONG TIME DIDNT WORK :P

  99. THIS SUCKED THEY DIDNT STAY FOR A LONG TIME DIDNT WORK :P

  100. I get a runny nose almost every day and sometimes it will last for several hours and I can’t think of anything more annoying. The sad thing is that this has been going on *off and on* for about 3 years, depending on the weather? I’ve never been a fan of going to the hospital and I’ve hardly EVER taken any drugs, even things like tylonol so my immune system was always above average. I rarely ever get sick, but this stupid runny nose keeps popping up and I’ve tried *lazily* to figure out what’s causing it. I even moved out of my old apartment because I feared it was something inside like mold.

    Anyway, I unfortunately think I figured out what is causing it. I say unfortunately because I think it’s my own cigarette smoke… I’ve been smoking for 8 years or so and I’ll smoke (outside) every few hours (between 2-5 hours apart). Before tonight I didn’t even know cigarette smoke was a common cause of allergies so I never even considered it. It sort of makes sense now because ironically I would get a runny nose or congestion after coming in from outside where I smoked. So I always blamed it on plants, trees, dander etc.

    Since I’ve read about the smoke possibly causing the allergy I’m going to quit smoking for 3 whole days. If I don’t get a single runny nose throughout the test and it starts up again the day I start smoking again I guess I’ll be quitting. My friend suggested that I try switching brands but I’ve been looking for something like this to happen to force me to finally quit anyway. I’ll post back the results of my testing.

    Meanwhile I’m off to take a steamy shower and stick some tissues up my nose. I think I’ll try the sharpie idea too, just to clear me up before the steam. For some reason logic says that combination, in that order, might work well.

  101. I get a runny nose almost every day and sometimes it will last for several hours and I can\’t think of anything more annoying. The sad thing is that this has been going on *off and on* for about 3 years, depending on the weather? I\’ve never been a fan of going to the hospital and I\’ve hardly EVER taken any drugs, even things like tylonol so my immune system was always above average. I rarely ever get sick, but this stupid runny nose keeps popping up and I\’ve tried *lazily* to figure out what\’s causing it. I even moved out of my old apartment because I feared it was something inside like mold.

    Anyway, I unfortunately think I figured out what is causing it. I say unfortunately because I think it\’s my own cigarette smoke… I\’ve been smoking for 8 years or so and I\’ll smoke (outside) every few hours (between 2-5 hours apart). Before tonight I didn\’t even know cigarette smoke was a common cause of allergies so I never even considered it. It sort of makes sense now because ironically I would get a runny nose or congestion after coming in from outside where I smoked. So I always blamed it on plants, trees, dander etc.

    Since I\’ve read about the smoke possibly causing the allergy I\’m going to quit smoking for 3 whole days. If I don\’t get a single runny nose throughout the test and it starts up again the day I start smoking again I guess I\’ll be quitting. My friend suggested that I try switching brands but I\’ve been looking for something like this to happen to force me to finally quit anyway. I\’ll post back the results of my testing.

    Meanwhile I\’m off to take a steamy shower and stick some tissues up my nose. I think I\’ll try the sharpie idea too, just to clear me up before the steam. For some reason logic says that combination, in that order, might work well.

  102. Cool, i had a runny nose since 2 ,it sucks. i would try to follow some of your ideas! Thanks!

    btw, i hate my nose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. girl

  104. Useful tips for stopping a running nose.I think inhaling hot water vapor can also help.

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  105. just like everyone else..we are all ass backwards our feet smells and our nose runs.the tissue thing kinda helps,but i think i have a sharpie near by, might as well try it,also sure wish i could stop smoking tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  106. averaging a box of tissues a day at this point… my nose is raw and still running… tried the whole sniff a sharpie thing but I’m too stuffy to smell anything…

  107. You’re on wrong site for that!

  108. It won’t stop. HELP MEHHH!!!
    My nose is starting to burn and is very sensitive to touch
    It’s been like this for 2 weeks now=(

  109. please help!
    i have had this massive cold for the past few days. i have ashma and this cold is affecting my chest. my nose is dripping like a tap and i feel so tierd.
    i have tried using vicks and it doesnt work :’(
    i have tried everything and my nose is till dripping/blocked.
    please help me get rid of this!
    pleaaaseeeeeeee :’(

  110. A bit of relief…

    - Don’t blow your nose so hard, blow it enough to get the mucus out
    - Don’t wipe your nose so rough/hard that it starts to hurt. Wipe it gently
    - When your running nose is running only a little bit, stick a tissue up your known gently and let it soak up the stuff that is coming out

    Result: no big red rash on your nose and you won’t be exhausted from your routine nose blowing – Plus no sinus infection!

    Best solution if you got the money:

    Go to a Sauna. This will blow your both your nostrils WIDE open and naturally. Works great and feels great. Not a 100% cure though.

    or

    You could create your own Sauna for your NOSE. Boil hot water in a pot and turn off the fire. Leave your face high enough above it so that you’re able to breathe the hot water vapors through your nostrils. This is cheap and effective. =)

  111. hey what do u mean by that ?

  112. wow am erealy amaized of this runing nose because whean i geat near people my nose runnes more thatn it should be .mostly i have computer class teacher when she says hay only my nose runnes quickly . pleas help me any one who can stop it

  113. i love your comments make me laugh i for get my runny nose god it worse but i try to make what your suggest,

  114. omg i just tried doing jumping jacks and it went away :D :D :D yay

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  116. inhaler help me troughout my exam xD

  117. ok what you do is

    1. blow your nose and hock out the left over loogie

    2. get a cup/bottle of water and put a lot of Vitamin C powder in it

    3….drink the C-water it will be nasty but bear with it (note the less water you put in the worse the flavor) make sure you don’t out sugar in the water…no cheating

    4. now blow your nose again

    5. now put the teapot on and take a long hot steamy shower.

    6. get out of shower and turn the teapot off

    7. it is safe to use honey so put some lemon juice,green tea,and honey in a teacup then pour in the hot water

    8. drink the tea

    9. now blow you nose again

    10. eat the fruits I post

    1. a whole Kiwi (yes that means the skin and all believe me it works)

    2. a pear

    3.and an apple

    11. by this time your nose should not be running and your immune system should be boosted

  118. here are a few more hints due to research

    Hi I’m ace convoy and I’m a 16 Y/o whom suffers from sinus infections from time to time

    1. sugar actually promotes phlem production so stay away from it. during this time honey is the sick persons sweetener

    2. pears and Kiwi offer some really potent propertys that help stop nose runs

    3. Pears are actually hypo-allergenetic

    4. lemon/lime juices help thin and pull the phlem out of you easier

    5. if you do get lazy and go with fruit juice make sure there is no sugar added and it’s 100% juice or you’re worse off then when you started. but if you follow those two rules they do help.

  119. Hi runny nosers

    My friend says very sensibly that bugs love to breed in moist warm places. They love sinuses full of mucus. They love runny noses. Suggested remedy is tea tree oil or similar in hot water, breath in fumes, be sure to get both nostrils. And Codral Cold and Flu. And 1000mg of VitC per day. And hot drinks. Good luck fellow sufferers!!

  120. my nose huuuuuurts ahhh im tired of it, it keeps dripping left and right and i cant breath out of that nostril only steam!!!! im already tired of it and i have school!!!! NO!!!!

  121. I woke up this morning with my noise running like crazy! I have been trying to keep it contained but it’s not working. I suffer big time from sinuses infections but I am feeling fine and nothing else is bugging me. I think it might be due to the allergies or I’ve heard in the past that air coordinator with cold air can contribute as well. Anyways, I tried putting small tissue paper in my noise and that didn’t help. And, I work for a Police Department in the office and deal with people all day long…grrr! Also, I am leaving for Florida on Friday and don’t want to be suffering with this.

  122. Hey guys! Like everyone else, I suffer from a runny nose. So far I can’t find a good way to stop it. My boyfriend said to pour salt water up my nose, but that sounds very unpleasant… but anyways… I saw that a lot of you complained about the redness and irritation that comes from blowing your nose constantly. If you take original blistex lip balm (obviously one you wont want to use for your lips again) and rub that on the irritated spots, it really helps! It’s not really painful and is very simple to apply.
    I am actually suffering from a bad cold right now and my nose will NOT stop running! I have tried the tissue up the nose and I have to CONSTANTLY change it my nose is that bad! I have also tried to massage my nose to hopefully make it stop running and…nope. Right now I am eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and they really help make the nose run more so you can blow it to get it all out faster. Also the sharpie trick works for like 5 seconds so I don’t recommend it. But since I told you a SURE way to fix the redness and irriation from blowing your nose, it isn’t all that bad to do if your just at home.
    I hope I could have helped some of you guys and gals!
    ~Blondie

  123. My nose has been running nonstop for three days now with this stupid cold. As soon as I put down the kleenex, I’m onto the next one. One thing that helps with the irritation is using the Puffs with lotion. Usually my nose runs for 3-4 days with a cold, so I’m hoping it’ll stop soon. I feel like I want to cut my nose off.

  124. I say, keep warm!!! Have a steamy shower, don’t try the tissue thing because, i tryed it, took the tissues out, and my nose was worse, i have a cough, i went to the doc last night, and on my sick note i have to take to school, says: In my opinion, Donna is suffering from an illness, when i just have a cough, i’m going to try the sink thing, i hope it works, i just put some vicks, vapour rub on, doesn’t stop the nosse running, but does smell minty!
    Had a shower this morning, i feel a bit better!
    Hope all you runny noses out there, get rid of them!
    Later, Donna

  125. i have a stoped up nose it never go away and now to day when i got on the cumputer in the morning i had a thing full of snot and cole it was coming down like rain and now one nose is open one nose is locked and i have this bump its a little one and it got one part of my head throbing i have a lot of pain going on i wish some one could help and im only 8years old and im veary scared

  126. Some of these things really work but….. only for a short time! :(

  127. my nose has been running 4 three days strait nothing is working

  128. Smoking buddha really helps, seriously.

  129. I recommend you get a thing of of green tea boiling( help with the natural antiaoxidants)… and grab some honey( local honey only) that will help you body adjust to the local plants.
    the tea helps immediately, and the honey will help you with allergies in about a week or so…(if you don’t want tea just a Tbspoon of local honey a day will help alot.

  130. I recommend you get a thing of of green tea boiling( help with the natural antiaoxidants)… and grab some honey( local honey only) that will help you body adjust to the local plants.
    the tea helps immediately, and the honey will help you with allergies in about a week or so…(if you don\’t want tea just a Tbspoon of local honey a day will help alot.

  131. hi,woke up and started sniffling but now my nose is running badly! I have a party in a week!! And it will be so irritating :( someone HELP!

  132. I\’ve had allergy like symptoms for 6 weeks, my nose started getting stuffy and running 3 week ago. It\’s so terrible!!!!!!! I take claritin and sudafed and zicam, nothing works!!! In going to stay inside until monaday, the tissue thing stops my nose but after I take it out it gets sooo nasty. And the salt water from the netti always ends up in my mouth. Nastyness

  133. 1. If you’re a smoker, (If NOT, bum 2 Cigs) rip off the CLEAN butts, peal away the paper til you have only the cotton.(Brush away tabbaco,if any onthe filter) 1.(b). ANY COTTON BALLS WILL DO.

    2. Put two of your type of cotton(s) in warm (NOT HOT) SALT WATER for bit. 2-5 mins

    3. Squeeze out the salt water.

    4. Place and block nasal passages. (10-15 mins)

    5. Remove and blow.

  134. omg. ive sneezed 20 times in 20 seconds. * not over exadurating* HELP

  135. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  136. I cant believe i read all of these comments…. about to go tr some things now.. need sleeep :(

  137. Drop some eucalyptus oil on a tissue and breathe it in. It\’s really effective. For me anyways

  138. wtf this didnt help >_<

  139. Gah, you are extremely unintelligent.

  140. the tips are my not be suitabel for eveyone because we are all different. I have been using the tissue up my nose technique for a number of years (seem to get one every year around Christmas).

    I also try the hot water with salt and eucalyptus leaves. My nose seems better but i started coughing a little bit. Some things work some dont. The only real remedy is a cure, and A cure for the common cold does not exist.

  141. ok. all of you are annoyed with your runny noses, so am i!
    so heres some advice and information.

    1). the shower doesnt help, it makes it worse.
    2). i havent tryed it but putting tissue up your nose might work?
    3).DO NOT put salt water up your nose AT ALL!

  142. OK here’s my remedy – only if you agree to go through a hardcore treatment (I came up with this method myself)

    - get a clove of garlic, peel it, cut half, squeeze or cut a little bit so there’s a way for its juice to come out (your fingers should get wet from doing it). It’s the best when the inner part of the clove is in contact with your nose while inside, so you may cut off it’s edges for better results (it may burn a bit).
    A small warning here: make sure that any piece doesn’t stay in your nose (keep in mind while choosing its size), and that you’re able to take it out when needed.

    - Blow your nose first and then stick each piece in it and wait. Try to breathe through your nose so the air is flowing.
    You may start crying.
    The best is when you can’t keep it any longer and you blow it out by a sneeze. If this doesn’t happen, just keep it for 5-7minutes, “inhale” it and the take it out.

    If you went through all the steps above correctly, I can tell you that the next day you will feel much better.

    Good luck!

  143. OK here\’s my remedy – only if you agree to go through a hardcore treatment (I came up with this method myself)

    - get a clove of garlic, peel it, cut half, squeeze or cut a little bit so there\’s a way for its juice to come out (your fingers should get wet from doing it). It\’s the best when the inner part of the clove is in contact with your nose while inside, so you may cut off it\’s edges for better results (it may burn a bit).
    A small warning here: make sure that any piece doesn\’t stay in your nose (keep in mind while choosing its size), and that you\’re able to take it out when needed.

    - Blow your nose first and then stick each piece in it and wait. Try to breathe through your nose so the air is flowing.
    You may start crying.
    The best is when you can\’t keep it any longer and you blow it out by a sneeze. If this doesn\’t happen, just keep it for 5-7minutes, \”inhale\” it and the take it out.

    If you went through all the steps above correctly, I can tell you that the next day you will feel much better.

    Good luck!

  144. Hate it when i always need to keep a tissue packet with me all day. WHY PEOPLE CAN\’T HAVE NO NOSE & breath through the mouth??!!

    Ohya, hey all guests, help me to click on my nuffnang ads by clicking on my website. :) )

    Ty for the advices anw.

  145. WASH YOUR HANDS, WASH YOUR HANDS, WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!! KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE, STAY AWAY FROM SICK PEOPLE, CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH

  146. great review very informative

  147. First thing to do as soon you feel a cold coming on is take cold-fx… twice a day. It seems to help for the first 8 hrs or so.

    In between… sticking two ends of a kleenex in your nostrils will help dry up and slow down your runny nose which is less irritating than constantly blowing your nose. I’ve been doing this for years, and was happy to see I wasn’t the only odd ball on this site using this method.

  148. First thing to do as soon you feel a cold coming on is take cold-fx… twice a day. It seems to help for the first 8 hrs or so.

    In between… sticking two ends of a kleenex in your nostrils will help dry up and slow down your runny nose which is less irritating than constantly blowing your nose. I\’ve been doing this for years, and was happy to see I wasn\’t the only odd ball on this site using this method.

  149. it dose not work don’t write stuff on the web tht dose not work !!!!!!!!! :@

  150. I can’t feel my nose anymore…. it’s all red and swollen… anybody knows a good plastic surgeon? I need a nasal reconstruction…

  151. I guess the massage is based on Chinese acupressure but I can’t be sure since at that time neither of us knew anything about it, and secondly, I’m not an expert at this now. There are only 4 easy points to massage, so it’s very easy to remember and always have it with you (in your head). Here how it goes:

    Perform the below routine 3 times:
    Perform 10 pressures on a cavity at the corner of the nostrils (point 1). You should almost close and open the nostrils when you do the round movement.
    Perform 10 pressures on a cavity just below the corner of the eyes near the nose (point 2)
    Perform 10 pressures on a cavity just below the ear, behind the earlobe (point 3)
    Massage the earlobe 10 times (point 4)
    After performing the above 3 times, you should feel immediate relief of your nasal congestion. It is advised to return on the above procedure again in about 10 minutes to make it more permanent or the congestion could return.
    Additional instructions: The pressures are actually round movement. Look at the pictures for exact motion.

    Update:See more clarification on the technique in my answer to a reader.

    I hope these instruction will make you feel better next time you’ve got stuffy nose. Tell me if it helps you as much as it helps me and my family.

  152. Okay the tissue up the nose thing might seem like it works at first. But then pressure seemed to build up in my nostrils and when i took the tissue out a stream (literally) of mucus flowed out of my nose… not a pretty site… :| lol If your nose isn’t running too badly it might work but my nose might aswell be the niagara falls so it just built up really bad :|

  153. me too

  154. Some tips (from someone who gets really bad runny noses):

    1. Find the trigger: Allergies are usually the main cause apart from colds and flu\\\’s. Sometimes it can be something not very obvious. I found out I was allergic to the tissues I was using. I now use hyper-allergenic tissues.
    Also it turns out I\\\’m allergic to fleas when I always thought it was the cats. Now I know when to flea them because I get sick.

    2. Don\\\’t let the mucus run down the back of your throat! So many people think this helps. It doesn\\\’t. It will only increase your chances of getting sicker.

    3. Drink plenty of water. Water helps wash down the mucus (but doesn\\\’t cause it to end up on your chest).

    4. When possible drink plenty of milk. Despite popular belief milk does NOT cause more mucus. Though I personally find it does make the mucus thicker and harder to swallow/clear. But if you think you can manage it drink lots of milk, milk helps the lining in our stomachs and will help fend off any illness.

    5. Eat healthy and get some sun. Two things that always help sickness. Though we may not feel very hungry or want much light around when we are unwell, it helps a lot.

  155. Smoke some bud, it works good!

  156. I have just started my new job and my nose is driving me crazy. Stopping me work and plus making me asocial. Non of these help me for now. I have to find an open pharmacy after work.

  157. If you even have the slightest thought you are getting a cold get some COLD EEZ, great product w/ Zinc in them killed many colds before they got started, wont help if you already have it.

    For the red/ dry inflamed nose?

    Works kick Butt, get some
    Total Immersion After Tan Lotion I dont know whats in it but it helps heal the nose fast, you wont have the redness telling evryone you just had a cold for long.

    Also, the marker worked for 5 min
    the nose in the sink has been helping nicely now for 10 minutes or so, cheers!

  158. OMG, the marker worked well (for now), although I may have overdone it because now I have a headache. It didn\’t stop my runny nose complete, but slowed it way down. Will try the salt water cotton balls when I get home. BTW, for the person that said \”don\’t ever put salt water in your nose\”…that is what saline spray is and I do know it is effective for congestion. My doctor has actually recommended it in the past for allergy-related nasal issues.

  159. Wow, I can’t believe I actually shoved paper towel up my nose and it’s working (figured it would hold up better than tissue inside the nose). I was looking for relief because all my nose has done all day is drip, drip, drip and no drugs are helping. I was skeptical, but my nose is plugged and I can finally give my chapped beak a rest! Thanks to the crazy person that got fed up and shoved a tissue up their nose…works like a charm.. and way better than the breathe right strip that I had on the rest of the morning..lol

  160. Wow. Looking at your regimen I’m not surprised that you have been sick for 2 weeks. Cheese. Sex, Vicodin, pot? It’s not a freaking vacation!

  161. I had the same problem this morning when I woke up and came to work. Try squeezing a fresh lemon in warm water to clear up the mucus. I didnt have a fresh lemon, my coworker did; well it wasnt fresh, it was really old in fact then I realized I had packets of Emergen-C in my drawer. VIOLA! It cleared up my path within 10 minutes.

  162. Take a tripple dose of spirulina everytime your nose start running.

  163. I want to cut my nose off and shoot myself in the face, I HATE RUNNY NOSES!! i feel like i have to sneeze all day long, that weird tickly sensation.. HATE IT!! anyways, im just gonna snort some sharpie, wedge a bit of tissue paper in my nose and drink some lemon tea, thanks for the ideas! if i had some cayenne pepper id shove that in there too but alas I do not :(

  164. I have been having a runny nose for the past three days but today was worst…i wake up feel like shit drive to work wait in my car for like 30 minutes and still feel like shit…(i work on top of buildings and am usually active all day) i get out my car to start my shift and i kid you not..1 minute after being in the california cold my sinuses clear up…but still have a runny nose and took my alka seltzer cold medicine and went through my day…but im still sick…at the end of the day..i guess its just part of the process…ugh fml
    ?

  165. I always get really runny noses and they are the worst feeling!!!!
    Alot of remidys don’t work but this does!
    -using one finger press firmly down just below your nose (upper lip) and hold there for 2 minutes.this will provide temporary relief.
    Hope this helps!!!!:)

  166. ME too. I have a cold and it just won’t stop running. :(

  167. Tissue in nostrils really works, I hope it won’t get worse when I take them out. But it’s a good idea if you have to do something and runny nose disturbs you, and you don’t have to wipe it all the time. Wish I knew about this earlier.

  168. yes?
    it ertates me all the time and it is sore under my noses?

  169. I’ve had this non-stop runny nose for almost 2 days now.

    The salt solution didn’t work for me or the steam. Tissue worked kinda until I sneezed.

    I was quite desperate and one or some combo of the beneath worked (I did all 3 within like 5 minutes of each other):

    1. Sniffed a Permanent Sharpie (it kinda stung my nose)
    2. 2 Tablespoon of Tabasco Sauce (I have a high tolerance for heat…didn’t really make my nose run anymore)
    3. Followed the instructions on: http://www.mind-energy.net/archives/90-Get-rid-of-stuffy-or-runny-nose-fast-without-drugs.html b/c of it’s good reviews

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