ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Runny Nose: Do I have an issue, or do I just need a tissue?

Updated on August 26, 2009

8 Common Causes of Runny Nose

There are many reasons why your nose could be runny. It is important that you keep an eye out for other symptoms that could indicate any of the below diagnoses.

1. Common Cold: This is one of the most common causes of runny noses around the world. In fact, there are over 1 billion cold in the US each year!

Symptoms: Loss of appetite, sore throat, dizziness, muscle pain, and runny nose.

2. Allergies: Runny noses often result from allergies. You can be allergic to anything from dust to the sun. One way to check if you have allergies is to think about anything new that you were recently exposed to. For example, if you don't have a cat at home, and you go to your friend's house where there is a cat and develop a runny nose and/or any of the below symtoms, it is quite likely that you are allergic to cats.

Symptoms: Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing due to excess mucus build up, and skin irritation.

3. The Flu: Yes, the dreaded flu can cause a runny nose. If you see anyone with a runny nose, you may want to stay away from them as the flu is very contagious. In fact, some experts predict that half of the US will get some form the flu by the end of the year.

Symptoms: Loss of appetite, moist skin, tender lymph nodes (these are generally swollen in the neck area), and runny nose. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

4. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): RSV causes often causes your lings to be infected. It is more common in adults than in children and shows cold-like symptoms.

Symptoms: Rapid breathing, change in skin color (usually to blue or green), harsh cough, and runny nose.

5. Rubella: Rubella is very contagious and is associated with a rash on the skin.

Symptoms: Headache, rash, fever, and runny nose.

6. Nasal Trauma: This refers to any type of injury to the nose. It is not contagious.

Symptoms: Sneezing, black eye, runny/stuffy nose, and nose bleeds.

7. Enlarged Adenoids: "Enlarged adenoids refers to swollen lymphatic tissue in the back of the nose" (

Symptoms: Restless sleep, nasal obstruction, poor sense of smell, swollen tonsils, and runny nose.

8. Fifth Disease: This disease is often seen in young children. One of the easiest ways to tell if your child has fifth disease is to look for developing rashes on his/her arms, legs, and cheeks.

Symptoms: Red rash, sore throat, headache, fatigue, and runny nose.

Note that these are only a few of the causes of a runny nose. While you can attempt to make a diagnosis yourself, you should always consult your doctor to confirm it.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      These cookies are AMAZING! Even thoguh my fiancée doesn't have a gluten allergy, like me, he asks me to make these more than what use to be his favorite cookies!! Delicious!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)