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The sinuses naturally produce mucus to keep the inside of your nose moist. You normally swallow the mucus without any issues. However, when the sinuses produce excess mucus, due to allergies or colds, it can start draining from your nose.
Other causes of a runny nose include:
In young children, the adenoids protect against infection by producing antibodies and collecting viruses and bacteria that enter your body through your nose. The adenoids are located at the back of the throat, right above the tonsils, and they keep growing until your child is around 5 years old. After age 7, the adenoids begin to shrink, a process that continues through adulthood.
If adenoids get infected, they can become enlarged. In many cases, the adenoids return to normal size once the infection clears, but in some cases, they remain larger than normal. Children can also be born with enlarged adenoids.
If enlarged adenoids cause ongoing issues for a child, Dr. Rubinstein may recommend their surgical removal.
If a runny nose lasts more than 10 days, it can point to something more serious. Dr. Rubinstein evaluates the cause of your child’s runny nose by reviewing the symptoms and physically examining the nasal cavity.
If a runny nose accompanies other symptoms, including a persistent cough or fever, it’s wise to schedule a checkup as soon as possible.
In many cases, a runny nose resolves on its own without further treatment. It’s important that children continue to blow their nose as frequently as possible to clear out excess mucus. For infants and toddlers, you can use a syringe bulb to suck out the mucus.
For a runny nose due to viral colds, there are no treatments available and the cold must run its course. Dr. Rubinstein doesn’t recommend over-the-counter medications to treat cold symptoms, including a runny nose, due to the increased risks of side effects in young children.
For sinus infections, Dr. Rubinstein can prescribe antibiotics. He may also recommend saline nasal rinses to soothe irritated nasal passages.
For more information on treating a runny nose, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office directly.
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