How to Deal with a Runny Nose

Is that runny nose bringing you down? With over-the-counter cold remedies and a few simple steps, you can put a stop to your problem.


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You Will Need

  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • Box of tissues
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Table salt (optional)
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Medicine dropper (optional)


  1. If your runny nose persists for more than 10 days, contact your doctor.

  2. Step 1

    Take decongestants and antihistamines

    Take the directed dose of decongestant during the day and antihistamines at night. Drink plenty of fluids.

  3. Step 2

    Blow your nose

    Keep plenty of tissues on hand so that you’re prepared when your nose drips.

  4. Step 3

    Use nasal spray

    Use saline nasal spray as directed throughout the day.

  5. Make your own saline solution with 8 oz. tap water, ¼-½ tsp. salt, and a pinch of baking soda

  6. Step 4

    Take your vitamins

    Take vitamin C and zinc before going to bed, so that when the morning comes around, you’re ready to hit the ground running!

  7. After 30 seconds of use, a handkerchief may contain 15,000 germs.