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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.


  • : If your runny nose persists for more than 10 days, contact your doctor.
  • Step 1: Take decongestants and antihistamines Take the directed dose of decongestant during the day and antihistamines at night. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Step 2: Blow your nose Keep plenty of tissues on hand so that you’re prepared when your nose drips.
  • Step 3: Use nasal spray Use saline nasal spray as directed throughout the day.
  • TIP: Make your own saline solution with 8 oz. tap water, ¼-½ tsp. salt, and a pinch of baking soda
  • 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!
  • FACT: After 30 seconds of use, a handkerchief may contain 15,000 germs.

You Will Need

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

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