Blocked or Runny Nose

(Also known as rhinitis)

A blocked or runny nose is a common condition where the nasal passages are inflamed, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. It can cause congestion or excessive mucus production, leading to discomfort.

There are many potential causes, so it’s important to consult a pharmacist who can help identify the underlying cause of your condition and give you appropriate advice and treatment.

You might have rhinitis if you have:

Difficulty breathing through your nose
A lot of mucus (snot)
  • Allergies to pollen, dust, pet dander, or other allergens
  • Viral infections such as the common cold or flu
  • Sinusitis, inflammation of the sinuses
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus pressure or facial pain
  • Sneezing
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste
  • Use saline nasal sprays to clear your nose
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air
  • Apply warm compresses to the face
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

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A woman blows her nose into a tissue because her nose is blocked

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