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   Runny Nose
 
Definition:
Contact Dermatitis such as Poison Ivy
 
Medical terms related to runny nose :
Runny nose, Postnasal drip, Rhinorrhea
 
Common causes of runny nose: 
o Allergy
o Chronic Rhinitis
o Post-Nasal Drip
o Cold weather or sudden temperature changes
o Flu, Common Cold
o Food Allergy
o Sinus Infection
o Viral infection
o Injury/trauma to the nose
o Medications
o Nasal polyps
o Consumption of spicy foods
o Enlarged adenoids
o Environmental irritants
o Exposure to tobacco smoke
o Foreign bodies in the nose (especially in children)
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Vasomotor rhinitis:
A hypersensitive reaction to various potentially irritating stimuli (e.g. strong odors, air pollution, or sudden temperature changes).
o Hay Fever (An acute allergic reaction to pollen; also called pollinosis)
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV):
A paramyxovirus that is responsible for severe respiratory diseases (as bronchopneumonia and bronchiolitis) in children and especially in infants.
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Rebound rhinorrhea :
Nasal sprays or drops containing vasoconstrictors may cause rebound rhinorrhea, if used longer than 3 consecutive days

Other Causes of runny nose:
o Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
o Cluster Headaches
o Cystic Fibrosis
o Hormonal changes
o Tumors of the nasal passages
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Kartagener syndrome:
An inherited disorder ,autosomal recessive trait, characterized by situs inversus, abnormalities in the protein structure of cilia, and chronic bronchiectasis and sinusitis.
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Wegener's Granulomatosis:
Vasculitis of small vessels affecting the respiratory tract and kidney.
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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV):
A paramyxovirus that is responsible for severe respiratory diseases (as bronchopneumonia and bronchiolitis) in children and especially in infants.
o Structural abnormalities (e.g. deviated septum)
o Tumors of the nasal passages

 

Call your doctor if runny nose is accompanied by: 
o Head injury
o Foul smelling, one-sided, or a color other than white or yellow discharge
o Fever

 
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: 
o CT scan of the head
o X-rays of the skull and sinuses

 
Medications for runny nose may include: 
o Loratadine And Pseudoephedrine, Claritin-d
o Loratadine, Claritin, Alavert
o Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
o Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
o Fexofenadine And Pseudoephedrine, Allegra-d
o Fexofenadine (Allegra)
o Pseudoephedrine/Cetirizine Extended Release-oral
   
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