|Why Does My Nose Run When I Have a Cold?|
by Susan Louisa Montauk, M.D.
Q. Why does my nose run when I have a cold?
A. Drip, sniff, drip, blow, sniff, then drip again … a facial faucet of fluid refuse! Why does your mystifying modulator of mucus insist on vying for center stage when a head cold appears, dripping throughout every waking hour, then continuing on, interrupting the healing sleep that feels long overdue? Well, for one thing, it thinks it’s helping.
Plus, not only does that wonderful mucus not get you well any sooner, but it can be downright annoying and sometimes keep you from sleeping. So, if a relatively safe medication dries up a nose and allows for much-needed rest, it might be worth considering.
Board-certified family doctor SUSAN LOUISA MONTAUK, M.D., is a professor of clinical family medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Last updated and/or approved: May 2010. Original article appeared in September/October 2007 former print magazine. Bio current as of September 2007. This article is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
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