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.

March 16, 2021

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 offer sweet relief for 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. Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
  27. Have a cold? Common sense rules
  28. Have a cold? Fight back with humidity
  29. Have a cold? Fight it with fluids
  30. Headaches 101: Know your type
  31. Headaches and hormones
  32. Headaches in children
  33. Headaches: Treatment depends on your diagnosis and symptoms
  34. High-dose flu vaccines: How are they different from other flu vaccines?
  35. How well do you wash your hands?
  36. Humidifier care 101
  37. Influenza (flu)
  38. Is antibacterial soap a do or a don't?
  39. Measles
  40. Measles vaccine: Can I get the measles if I've already been vaccinated?
  41. Milk allergy
  42. MRSA infection
  43. MRSA prevention
  44. Nasal Cleaning
  45. Nasal polyps
  46. Nasal spray addiction: Is it real?
  47. Neti pot: Can it clear your nose?
  48. Neti pot solution: Can I make my own?
  49. Nighttime headaches: Relief
  50. Nonallergic rhinitis
  51. Pain Management
  52. Peanut allergy
  53. Pet allergy
  54. Pet allergy: Are there hypoallergenic dog breeds?
  55. Plugged ears: What is the remedy?
  56. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  57. Roseola
  58. Rubella
  59. Stress and headaches: Stop the cycle
  60. Stuffy nose? Try saline spray
  61. Swollen lymph nodes
  62. Vicks VapoRub: An effective nasal decongestant?
  63. Vitamin C: Can it prevent colds?
  64. Warm-mist versus cool-mist humidifier: Which is better for a cold?
  65. Whooping cough
  66. Whooping cough
  67. Do zinc supplements shorten colds?