What’s rhinorrhea?

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Rhinorrhoea, or a runny nose, is often a symptom of other conditions such as sinus infections, colds, viruses, allergies, and foreign bodies. Treatment may depend on the underlying cause and can include antibiotics, decongestants, nasal rinses, antihistamines, and steroid nasal sprays. In rare cases, a runny nose can be a sign of a more serious condition such as a head injury or brain tumor.

Rhinorrhoea is the complex name for the condition that most people would describe as a runny or runny nose. It’s usually a symptom of other things, and most people can name many conditions that could be causing it. How it is treated may depend on underlying disease factors and occasionally no treatment is needed, with rhinorrhea resolving rapidly.

Sometimes rhinorrhea is a stuffy and runny nose. This could especially occur with conditions such as a sinus infection. The nose can feel more stuffy than running at times and blowing the nose can become difficult as mucus builds up in the sinus passages and is affected by the buildup of bacteria. The general treatment for a runny nose of this type is the administration of antibiotics. Sometimes, decongestants or saline nasal rinses are also recommended, although the former may not be effective until the sinuses begin to drain.

Colds and viruses can cause a runny nose, and there are a number of strategies that can help improve comfort. These could, again, include the use of decongestants or nasal rinses. Most people may notice a slight decrease in runny nose symptoms with these measures. Unfortunately, they are usually not completely effective and people will not get full relief until they have recovered from the disease.

Antihistamines might treat rhinorrhea resulting from conditions such as allergies. Oral or spray antihistamines can reduce a runny nose or eliminate the condition completely. Another way to deal with allergic runny nose is with steroid nasal sprays. When these are used regularly they can greatly relieve nasal symptoms.

Some types of runny nose could suggest other problems. Babies who have profuse congestion that also smells bad are usually examined to make sure they don’t have anything in their nose. Most often, they have something up their nose. Removal is necessary, and it may also be necessary to treat the sinus infection caused by the foreign body.

More benign are conditions that create a runny nose for a short time. Cutting onions could cause a runny nose, and even a walk in the cold air can cause this condition. That doesn’t mean that every case of runny nose is without concern.
In rare circumstances, head injuries including skull fractures cause spinal fluid to leak out of the nose. Such an event could also occur when people have certain types of brain tumors. Especially in children, gastrointestinal reflux disease can be diagnosed when children appear to have chronic runny noses.

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