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How to stop a runny nose

By Kim Crawford, M.D. Last updated: April 20, 2020

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How to stop a runny nose

If you want to know how to stop a runny nose, the first thing we need to determine is why you have that runny nose in the first place. And yes this article is a discussion of a natural product only I carry. Because OTC runny nose meds cause so much adrenal and leaky gut issues, I want you to know about something you have not likely heard of before.

Assuming you’re not talking about how to stop a runny nose when you get simple head colds or flu (best stopped with a saline lavage and short-term decongestant nasal spray), you are talking about one or possibly two conditions.

The most common reason people ask their Pharmacist or doctor for remedies and advice on how to stop a runny nose is allergies, plain and simple. It is estimated that a minimum of one out of six Americans suffer from allergies.

There are two main types of allergies:

Seasonal allergies happen during the fall and spring due to the increased exposure from allergens such as pollen. The most allergenic pollens are trees, grasses and weeds. If you live where it’s blooming more often (Florida or California for instance) this may be a problem most of the year.  Perennial allergies are typically from the constant exposure of common indoor allergies such as dust, dust mites and mold as well as pet allergens.

The symptoms of seasonal allergies is also nick-named “hay fever” with the medical term being allergic rhinitis for seasonal+ perennial allergies. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis include runny nose, itchy nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. So first lets talk about how to stop the two main symptoms of allergic rhinitis which is basically how to stop a runny nose and how to stop sneezing.

Reduce your exposure to allergy triggers as item #1 for runny nose, sneezing:

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On windy days, try to stay indoors and no screens-close those windows.

Try to have someone do your yard work for you. If you absolutely must do it yourself, wear a mask and other protective gear.

  • Always dry laundry in the dryer – never ever on a clothes line. And speaking of laundry-those fabrics softener “strips” are all allergenic-lose them. Same with fabric softeners in general, actually.

After coming in from outside, take a shower and change into fresh clothes.

More “behavioral things” for reduction of runny nose and sneezing:

  • Do not do any outdoor activity in the early mornings as pollen levels are the highest then.
  • Close your windows and doors to prevent allergens from coming indoors….and yes I’m being redundant because in the spring when the weather turns nice a LOT of people think that “fresh air” is the answer to how to stop a runny nose-I’m not kidding!
  • Check the weather channel to see the pollen levels and forecast.
  • If pollen levels are high, try to take your prescribed allergy medication (or we prefer-your natural allergy treatment from our store) before symptoms begin. More about treatment in a bit.


Keep your indoor environment free of allergens as much as possible:

  • Use mattress and pillow case covers for your bedding–this kills dust mites-a big cause of indoor allergic symptoms.
  • Keep the air conditioning running.
  • Use clean A.C. filters and replacement then regularly. Specially made dust filters may or may not be better than regularly changed regular filters.


  • Keep your indoors dry by using a dehumidifier unless you live in a humid climate.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and change the bag before it fills up. Be careful changing the bag as it will be full of dusty allergens.
  • If pets are causing symptoms get them their own beds and bathe them regularly.


Treatment: “Traditional”=non-natural=pharmaceuticals


  • Over-the counter drugs (anti-histamines are how to stop a runny nose and decongestants are how to un-stuff a nose so remember those two distinctions.)
  • Prescription drugs-same genres as above.
  • Skin testing and de-sensitization via an Allergist
  • Allergy skin testing is a good idea if what I teach you doesn’t control your symptoms. Do note that blood testing is no where near as accurate as skin testing. Testing can be important so you know exactly what to avoid and what treatments work best.
  • When you get to “this stage of the game” you are possibly getting sinus infections and feel run down. If this is happening then it is definitely time to see a doctor. However since we’re talking about how to stop a runny nose you are hopefully not at the stage where you are losing energy and just feel all-out lousy.
  • If you do get skin tested and are “allergic to everything” then allergy de-sensitization injections will be a good option. However even then you may also need the remedies I’ll be suggesting in a bit.

How to stop a runny nose and sneezing with natural treatments:

If you have nasal stuffiness along with your runny nose then you’ll want to do “saline lavage.” Using a nasal rinse with a preservative-free sterile saline solution is an easy solution which is effective in reducing nasal congestion.

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This rinse will flush out any allergens or mucus from the nose.  Because of this, it also helps with your runny nose. I have found this to be a more effective method of nasal irrigation for patients than “neti pots.” I have my patients purchase preservative free  squeeze bottles of contact lens saline for increased effectiveness over the little “puff” saline squirts commercially available “for sinus symptoms.”

If allergic: How to stop a runny nose 100% naturally:

                 Natural allergy relief
  • The product Histallieve™ is an amazing natural product which contains quercetin, a well known anti-histamine. But that’s not all. It contains Tinofend®, a patented and clinically researched extract derived from the plant Tinospora cordifolia, which has been shown to regulate key immune mediators involved in the allergic response. In clinical studies, 100% relief was reported from sneezing in 83% of patients, in 69% from nasal discharge (runny nose.) This is a patented, proprietary product only sold through doctors, not anywhere else on the internet like Amazon,etc.
  • Take the runny nose statistic to mean very very effective. Why? Many individuals with a runny nose end up getting hooking on nasal decongestant sprays and have what is called rhinitis medicamentosa-their runny nose is worse and they are hooked on nasal sprays-not good! Other stats include relief in 61% from nasal obstruction and in 71% from nasal pruritus (itching. In the placebo group, there essentially no relief found.

Now a word about non-allergic rhinitis and how to stop a runny nose from that:

First of all non-allergic rhinitis doesn’t cause itching but it does mimic allergic rhinitis in all other ways.

Non-allergic rhinitis occurs when nasal blood vessels dilate which then fills the nasal lining with blood and fluid. There are several possible causes of this abnormal expansion of the blood vessels or inflammation in the nose. But, whatever the trigger, the result is the same — swollen nasal membranes and congestion. Occasionally a runny nose indeed accompany the stuffy nose which is why I’m touching on this topic for you.

The most common causes of non-allergic rhinitis:

Weather changes, perfume and other scent irritants, foods, especially spicy foods, hormonal changes and even stress can cause these symptoms. The leading treatment, after using the saline nasal lavage I’d discussed appears to be topical of capsaicin. The diagnosis is one of “exclusion” where skin testing is negative. Avoidance of triggers is the obvious first step. Traditional allergic rhinitis treatments tend to be largely ineffective.

So how to stop a runny nose for you?

Hopefully you are reading this on my blog because you don’t want drugs, you want a natural remedy to deal with your runny nose. Histallieve™ is not only all natural, it’s pharmaceutical grade which means that there are no toxic fillers or additives being put into your body. Only relief for your runny nose! Ahhhhhhhh, wonderful,right?


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