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Home remedy to stop nasal drip?

Asked by Pandora (22712 points ) April 11th, 2010

I’ve suddenly gotten a bad case of nasal drip and I’m coughing like crazy. I’ve taken cold meds and afrin nasal drip to stop the dripping but its been an hour and half and nothing is working.
I don’t want to over medicate so I’m looking for a possible quick home remedy that doesn’t require drugs of any sort.
Oh, I’ve also tried nasal saline solution. Still no help.

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lawlipop's avatar

One of the simplest ways to clear out the toxins that cause a runny nose is to wash the nostrils with a saltwater solution. It is a little uncomfortable, but it doesn’t take long.

Dissolve a tablespoon of ordinary salt in eight ounces of warm water. Suck a little into a dropper and, with just the tip of the dropper in your nostril, drop the solution into your nose. Then inhale very gently to draw the water in further. It may take a few drops before you feel any improvement. Finally, blow your nose to clear out any excess water and nasal discharge.

lawlipop's avatar

Oh, wait. I seem to have skipped over the part where you said you’ve tried the nasal saline solution.

You could try eating anything spicy. Spicy foods, particularly cayenne peppers and ginger, help increase circulation, which will warm you up if you have the chills.

Pandora's avatar

@lawlipop Wouldn’t those things just make my nose drip more? I need it to stop dripping so I will stop coughing.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

You’re going to need to take an antihistamine in order to dry up the drainage. Stay away from dairy, which increases mucus production, drink lots of liquids. The problem is that the pollen count is the worst its been in decades. I personally have had good luck with mucinex dm, which has a cough suppressant in it. It took about 3 days of taking it to get it to work. You have to be careful; a lot of people are developing bronchitis or walking pneumonia from the drainage. The pharmacist here will dispense a cough syrup with codeine without a prescription if you sign for it. You might want to ask at your pharmacy about heavy duty cough syrup.

ptarnbsn's avatar

Mucinex (guaifenesin)is an expectorant that helps to liquefy secretions so they can be cleared more easily. DM stands for dextromethorphan which is a cough suppresant which might help slow your cough caused by your post-nasal drainage. There is no good home remedy but the salt rinse is a good idea to keep your nasal passages clear. If this is allergic rhinitis, an antihistamine is the best answer along with a corticosteroid nasal spray, obtained only by prescription. Cromalyn sodium is available over the counter as NasalCrom. Although not a steroid, it is a mast cell stabilizer that prevents and relieves allergic rhinitis. It can be used along with a second generation antihistimine such as Claritin or Zyrtec that do not cause drowsiness. NasalCrom will take several days to be effective and is best used before symptoms get bad. Stay away from Afrin Nasal spray. It causes more bad than good. Saline nasal sprays are a better choice. Just about everyone is suffering right now with all the pollen in the air. If you start having headache, sinus pressure and/or tenderness, or other signs of a possible sinus infection, see your health care provider.

talljasperman's avatar

drink some warm water and keep some in your mouth then suck inwards and spit it out… it works for me

thriftymaid's avatar

Use a neti pot with warm salt water

jazmina88's avatar

mucinex is the bomb….no side effects…neti pots are uncomfortable to me

thriftymaid's avatar

@jazmina88 They are effective, cheap, and drug free. Admittedly, there is something strange about the whole process.

YARNLADY's avatar

My husband thought that’s what he had, but I insisted he go to the emergency doctor, and it turned out to be something completely different. I urge you to see your doctor. I’m sorry, I can’t remember what it actually was, and he’s asleep right now, so I can’t ask him
Do not limit yourself to a mistaken self-diagnosis.

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