Runny Nose Overview

A runny nose is a very common symptom with many causes. The related medical terms are rhinitis (nose inflammation) and rhinorrhea (nasal discharge).

The most common causes are usually self-limiting, such as the common cold, although even this common condition may have complications (e.g. ear infection, sinusitis, pneumonia, etc.). There are also a variety of other causes of runny nose, some of which are serious. Nasal discharge may also result from nosebleeds and CSF rhinorrhea, which may be life-threatening.

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