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Had slight runny nose with no sore throat and fever. Underlying cause?

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I have had a slight runny nose feeling in my left nostril for two days now, no sore throat no major drainage no fever no fatigue, its unusually clear but semi runny, is this the start of a cold or just my sinus acting up?
Posted Sat, 12 Oct 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Seems like sinus

Detailed Answer:

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It seems like a discharge from your sinus. One way to clarify is: is it is happening only in a particular position like bending down, etc? If yes, then it is more likely to be sinus-draining out, rather than a flare-up. If you have a flare-up, then you will have fever (if infectious) or symptoms of allergy (if allergic).

It should stop spontaneously when the sinus is drained out. If it does not then you can try tab cetrizine - 1 tab before sleeping. It should help clear up the secretions.

Let me know if you need further clarification.


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Follow-up: Had slight runny nose with no sore throat and fever. Underlying cause? 7 minutes later
it seems to be worse when sitting or laying down it becomes more of a stuffed feeling when I stand up its fine but when sitting it feels as if its draining and postnasal drip, but other then that I feel fine, if it was a cold wouldn't I have been sick by now? thank you doctor
Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Seems sinus

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

From your description, it again seems like sinus. It would have become worse if it was a viral or common cold. Though it can be a long-term infection of the nasal passage (chronic rhinitis) that may present without fever. Blood tests (hemogram) can help figure out if some infection is going on or it is allergic. There may be low immunity in the background of chronic rhinitis.

Whatever the cause is, I think first step would be to try tab cetirizine. It comes in the dose of 5 and 10 mg and needs to be taken once a day in the presence of symptoms.

I will also suggest a few lifestyle changes to boost your immunity:

- Take adequate fruits and vegetables daily...include in meals 5 times a day.
- Take nutritious food and pure drinking water
- Take multivitamins as required
- Exercise at least 20 min a day. It can include gym, walk, yoga, swimming, cycling, etc. It is more effective if done in good mood
- Stress makes one prone to low immunity and chronic infections. Try relaxation techniques to combat stress.
- Saline gargles may help


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Follow-up: Had slight runny nose with no sore throat and fever. Underlying cause? 11 minutes later
thank you for the response doctor, rite now I take about 2,000 mg of vit c daily also zinc 50mg daily, I took some sinus meds it seems to be helping! the medicine you told me to get, is that an OTC?
Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj 3 days later
Brief Answer:
Cetirizine is OTC

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

Sorry for the late reply.

Yes, Cetirizine is an over the counter medicine and is an anti-allergic medicine which causes minimal drowsiness.

Vitamin C and zinc can be beneficial for you.

While you are taking sinus medicines, check whether those medicines have anti-allergic medicine or not. If there is an anti-allergic medicine in it, then do not take cetirizine along with it. Though it can be taken separately.


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