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Are you suffering from a case of cold with sniffles? Your physician may use medical terms like rhinorrhea for the sniffles and runny discharge from the noose. In greek rhinorrhea mean runny nose i.e., “rhinos” means “the nose” and “rhoia” means ” flowing.”. It is a very common symptom of allergies, certain viral infections, such as the common cold. What is a runny nose? A runny nose is the result of excess mucus production from nasal mucosa which is either discharged through the nasal passage or may drip down to the throat. It is often accompanied by common cold, cough, or sometimes allergies. The people who have often been the culprit of runny nose find it distressing. It is a hardship for frequent culprits. Your routine may become tortuous and difficult when you have to reach for the tissue box every minute. There is a possibility that your nose may run faster than a waterfall.

The immune system acts as a fort to protect the body against any foreign invaders or pathogens like bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites, etc. While performing well, our immune system can detect any foreign invaders and discriminate effectively, from the body’s tissues. A runny nose may be an episode of the immune system working against pathogens and foreign invaders. People Unequipped with information about alternative therapies, start taking over-the-counter medicines for colds and runny noses. But these techniques mostly do not make the cold to go away. These only make you feel better for a short duration so you can rest as it runs its course. These medicines (most often antihistamines) may make you lethargic and sleepy. Other symptoms like dry eyes, dry nose and mouth are also observed in few cases. In such cases, Homeopathy offers more than a helping hand and may make you feel better. When you have a cold, the body makes chemicals, histamines. The histamine production in the body leads to symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes.

Usually, the symptoms of the common cold last for 3-4 days. For the first few days after an encounter with a cold virus, a burning sensation is felt the nose and throat, which teems with watery nasal secretions later-on. A feeling of unwell and tiredness are often present. Finally, the nasal discharge may become thicker and yellower or greener. Mild cough or sneezing may be encountered. The common cold weakens your immune system. It may get worse when the bacterial superinfection reaches your sinuses, inner ear or lungs. Community-acquired cases of pneumonia can appear as a normal episode of a common cold. It is only suspected when the symptoms get worse, rather than better, after 3-7 days or you may have acquired a bacterial infection or the symptoms are due to an encounter of a rhinovirus. If your cold is nasty enough with a waterfall coming down from your nose, seek medical attention. If you have other symptoms like sore throat, fever along with a common cold and runny nose, your doctor is likely to take a short medical history. He may also examine your throat, lungs, and ears. If your doctor suspects strep throat to be the cause of your symptoms, he will take a culture to make a diagnosis. The diagnosis will determine if you have an active infection and may need antibiotics. If he suspects pneumonia, you will need a chest X-ray.

For people who refuse to take an antihistamine, or sleep-inducing syrups and medication for a cold and runny nose, homeopathy offers a great alternative. Homeopathic medicine for cold and cough has an impelling effect. The homeopathic remedies are safe for people to use. Homeopathy is a unique system that addresses the presenting symptoms, the state of the person and takes into account the dynamics of the whole person. These medicines treat the individual, unlike the conventional therapies that treat the diagnosis.

Preventive measures and home remedies that may be implied along with the medication to get better and quicker results:

  • Drink plenty of fluids it will help thin your mucus and allow it to drain faster from your nose and sinuses.
  • When you’re not feeling well, it’s important to get plenty of sleep and rest so your body can rejuvenate.
  • Apply a warm compress over your nose and forehead can help relieve nasal congestion and help stop your runny nose.
  • Inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water can help soothe the mucous membranes lining the nose.
  • Or simply use a humidifier or cool mist vaporizer. It is a great way to add moisture back into your environment. Doing so will help to get rid of your runny nose faster. It keeps your nasal passages moist, allowing mucus to drain.
  • Try a saline nasal spray or drops, to stop a runny nose. The saline solution will help soothe the mucous membranes inside the nasal passage.