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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- Common Cold: The common cold refers to any number of viral infections of the nose and throat. Typical symptoms are all too
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- Ear Infection: An ear infection can affect one or both ears. There are different types of ear infection depending on the exact
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- Sinusitis: Sinusitis is the inflammation of the areas called the “sinuses”, which are cavities in the facial area, near the nose
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- Pneumonia: Pneumonia refers to lung inflammation, and often to a lung infection with fluid in the lungs. Pneumonia can be very
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- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) is a general name for the many different types of common respiratory infections. Examples include
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