Anyone would agree that a burning runny nose is a big bummer! As if lugging around a big box of tissues and sounding like Kermit the Frog isn’t enough, you also have to give a honk every now and then to relieve your stuffiness!
A burning runny nose can be a symptom of allergy or an upper respiratory tract infection. Aside from being very bothersome, it’s often accompanied by congestion and other symptoms too! Sometimes, the constant wiping and rubbing can also add to the stinging or burning sensation. Read more about nose rule in our day to day life and how to keep it safe in my last week blog – Your Nose Helps you Breath, Smell, and Taste – Keep it Safe
What Medicines can Help my Burning Runny Nose?
There are a number of medications you can take depending on what’s causing your symptoms. However, there are solutions specific for runny nose relief. Decongestants are medicines that help decrease nasal secretions and reduce congestion. They help relieve nasal discomfort and lessen the pressure in your sinuses and nose.
Decongestants are available as tablets, capsules or sprays. Phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine, for example, are available as tablets or capsules. They’re also found in combination with other active ingredients.
If you’re looking for more immediate relief, however, a nasal spray may be ideal. Oxymetazoline is a decongestant in nasal spray form. It is directly applied into the nostrils for relief of a runny nose and other accompanying symptoms like stuffiness and nasal discomfort.
Some side notes on Oxymetazoline
Though oxymetazoline nasal spray is an effective solution, it may not be safe to take in all instances. Younger children should not take this medication. Older kids should use this product carefully and only with adult supervision. Oxymetazoline is not recommended for pregnant women. Its action could reduce the amount of oxygen getting to the baby and cause harm.
If you opt to use this nasal spray product, its best to limit its use to only three days. Going beyond this period can cause your runny and stuffy nose to come back or even get worse (of course you wouldn’t want this!). If you don’t feel better after three days of using it, I’d advise you to pay your doctor a visit.
What else can I do?
There are also other things you can do at home to help relieve your runny nose. Drinking warm fluids like ginger tea and clear chicken soup can help soothe your discomfort. Inhaling the steam during a hot shower (or even sitting in a steam-filled bathroom) can help clear your nose as well!
More importantly, keep hydrated by drinking lots of water and fluids throughout the day. This will help prevent dryness and reduce any burning and stinging in your nose.
Now you know how to get rid of your burning runny nose!