A runny nose is excess nasal drainage. It may be a thin clear fluid, thick mucus or something in between. The drainage may run out of your nose, down the back of your throat or both.

The terms "rhinorrhea" and "rhinitis" are often used to refer to a runny nose. Rhinorrhea actually refers to a thin, mostly clear nasal discharge. Rhinitis refers to the inflammation of nasal tissues. Rhinitis often results in a runny nose.

If you have a runny nose, you may or may not also have nasal congestion.

July 21, 2020

See also

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  2. Allergies
  3. Allergy medications: Know your options
  4. Allergy-proof your home
  5. Alpha-gal syndrome
  6. Aspergillosis
  7. Avoid rebound nasal congestion
  8. Bronchiolitis
  9. Can chicken soup cure a cold?
  10. Chicken soup: Can it treat a cold?
  11. Chronic cough
  12. Chronic daily headaches
  13. Cluster headache
  14. Cold and flu viruses: How long can they live outside the body?
  15. Cold or allergy: Which is it?
  16. Cold remedies
  17. Cold symptoms: Does drinking milk increase phlegm?
  18. Common cold
  19. Common cold in babies
  20. Does honey really help with allergies?
  21. Does zinc work for colds?
  22. Dust mite allergy
  23. Echinacea: Is it effective for the common cold?
  24. Flu shots
  25. Flu: When to see a doctor?
  26. Fluzone High-Dose: What distinguishes it from other flu vaccines?
  27. Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
  28. Have a cold? Common sense rules
  29. Have a cold? Fight back with humidity
  30. Have a cold? Fight it with fluids
  31. Headaches 101: Know your type
  32. Headaches and hormones
  33. Headaches in children
  34. Headaches: Treatment depends on your diagnosis and symptoms
  35. How well do you wash your hands?
  36. Humidifier care 101
  37. Humidifiers
  38. Influenza (flu)
  39. Is antibacterial soap a do or a don't?
  40. Measles
  41. Measles vaccine: Can I get the measles if I've already been vaccinated?
  42. Milk allergy
  43. MRSA infection
  44. MRSA prevention
  45. Nasal Cleaning
  46. Nasal polyps
  47. Nasal spray addiction: Is it real?
  48. Neti pot: Can it clear your nose?
  49. Neti pot solution: Can I make my own?
  50. Nighttime headaches: Relief
  51. Nonallergic rhinitis
  52. Pain Management
  53. Peanut allergy
  54. Pet allergy
  55. Pet allergy: Are there hypoallergenic dog breeds?
  56. Plugged ears: What is the remedy?
  57. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  58. Roseola
  59. Rubella
  60. Stress and headaches: Stop the cycle
  61. Stuffy nose? Try saline spray
  62. Swollen lymph nodes
  63. Vicks VapoRub: An effective nasal decongestant?
  64. Vitamin C: Can it prevent colds?
  65. Warm-mist versus cool-mist humidifier: Which is better for a cold?
  66. Whooping cough
  67. Whooping cough
  68. Do zinc supplements shorten colds?