Runny nose; Postnasal drip; Rhinorrhea
Keep the mucous thin rather than thick and sticky. This helps prevent complications, such as ear and sinus infections, and plugging of your nasal passages. To thin the mucous:
Drink extra fluids.
Increase the humidity in the air with a vaporizer or humidifier.
Use saline nasal sprays.
Antihistamines may reduce the amount of mucous. Be careful, because some antihistamines may make you drowsy. Don't use over-the-counter nasal sprays more often than 3 days on and 3 days off, unless told to by your doctor.
OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS
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