How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose

The cold and flu season is here and it often brings with it a runny nose and mucus. Mucus appears because our organism defends itself agains virus and external bacteria that can harm us. Mucus is created so these infections can't enter our organism. Even if it's a natural defense mechanism, it can be very annoying and cause other problems, such as the irritation of your nose.

However, you can still stop this snot by following some steps. If you have a cold or an allergy and want your nose to be free of snot, read this OneHowTo article on how to get rid of a runny nose.

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Steps to follow:

The foods you eat during your cold will affect the creation of mucus in your organism. When you suffer from runny nose you should avoid eating these foods by all means, as they tend to thicken the snot and make it harder to go away.

The foods that produce snot and therefore are better not to be consumed when going through a cold or a flu are:

  • Industrial cereals
  • Jam
  • Cream ice creams
  • French fries
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Bread and cakes
  • Sunflower oil

On the contrary, there are some foods that naturally help the elimination of mucus. If you're prone to being congested, you should incorporate these foods in your diet:

Also, it is important that you keep yourself hydrated so the snot can dillute more easily. Drink around 2 litres of water per day to make sure you stay fully hydrated.

How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose - Step 1

There exist really good home remedies that will help you get rid of mucus naturally. One of them is to boil mint or eucalyptus leaves in water and inhale the steam. The steam will dillute the mucus, making it easier for you to eliminate it. You can breathe in the steam for 10 minutes twice a day. Cover your head with a towel so the steam will directly go to your nose.

Another great remedy is to gargle with salted water. This remedy is particularly useful if you have snot in your throat. Put some salt into warm water and gargle for 30 seconds four times a day.

How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose - Step 2

Sleeping in a vertical position will allow the air to enter your body more easily and it will be easier for you to breathe. If you sleep on the side you will feel how the congestion worsens and the mucus build up in your nose, making it impossible for you to breathe.

Also, try to sleep with a humidifier in the room. Dry air makes runny nose worse, whereas moisture in the air can help thin the mucus.


Smoking is terrible for the mucus, as it is one of the factors that produce more snot in your body. If you want to clear your airways the best thing to do is to reduce or quit smoking. If you're seeking for advice on how to stop smoking, read this OneHowTo article on how to quit smoking cigarettes naturally.

How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose - Step 4

You can create your own nose drops at home. To do so, mix a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and then put some of the mixture into a dropper. Tilt your head back and drop a few drops into your nose. As you breathe deeply, the saltwater solution will irrigate your nasal passages. Repeat the process several times to completely clean your nose.

Instead of doing it at home you can also buy saline nose drops from a pharmacy.

How to Get Rid of a Runny Nose - Step 5

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Be careful when blowing your nose, as it will be raw and sore.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine while you have a runny nose. Both can lead to dehydration, making the mucus thicker.

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