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What causes runny nose, headache and dizziness?

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Posted on Wed, 5 Oct 2016
Question: why do i still have a runny nose ,headhaches and feel dizzy after more than a week ? could it be the AC filter, from dirt or mold?
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
sinusitis?

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

although a common cold (that is runny and stuffed nose without fever or with low grade fever) may run a prolonged course (even more than 2 weeks) in most cases it starts to resolve when a week has passed. Sometimes it gets complicated with sinusitis which presents with worsening of headache and the rest of the common cold symptoms. The patient usually feels the area over the affected sinus tender to touch. Your doctor may identify this tenderness with palpation. In such cases antibiotic treatment is usually required.

Other useful measures include rinsing the nostrils with normal saline 2-3 times per day and perhaps also using corticosteroid nasal sprays. The antibiotics are supposed to do most of the work though.

Allergic reactions is another consideration if there's no sign of sinusitis. In that cases antihistamines and avoidance of the offending factor (if it can be identified) is required. Discovering this factor can be difficult and sometimes impossible.

I hope you find my comments helpful!
You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information.

Kind Regards!
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What causes runny nose, headache and dizziness?

Brief Answer: sinusitis? Detailed Answer: Hello, although a common cold (that is runny and stuffed nose without fever or with low grade fever) may run a prolonged course (even more than 2 weeks) in most cases it starts to resolve when a week has passed. Sometimes it gets complicated with sinusitis which presents with worsening of headache and the rest of the common cold symptoms. The patient usually feels the area over the affected sinus tender to touch. Your doctor may identify this tenderness with palpation. In such cases antibiotic treatment is usually required. Other useful measures include rinsing the nostrils with normal saline 2-3 times per day and perhaps also using corticosteroid nasal sprays. The antibiotics are supposed to do most of the work though. Allergic reactions is another consideration if there's no sign of sinusitis. In that cases antihistamines and avoidance of the offending factor (if it can be identified) is required. Discovering this factor can be difficult and sometimes impossible. I hope you find my comments helpful! You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information. Kind Regards!