Runny Nose

ENT located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Runny Nose

A runny nose can be a short-term issue, but a chronic runny nose can be a sign of a serious problem in your sinuses. At Michigan Avenue ENT, esteemed double board-certified ENT specialist Julian Dixon, MD, can uncover the root cause of your chronic runny nose and treat it effectively using convenient noninvasive or minimally invasive outpatient options. Call their The Loop, Chicago, Illinois, office or click the online scheduler to learn more now. 

What does runny nose actually mean? 

Just as the name implies, a runny nose means fluid dripping or flowing from your nose. Depending on the cause of the runny nose, the fluid can be thin or thick and may range from clear to a white, yellow, or greenish hue. 

A runny nose is typical with a cold, flu, or a different type of virus. But there are many other causes, such as allergies, sinus infections, nasal polyps, and deviated septum. 

What symptoms are associated with a runny nose?

A runny nose can happen on its own, but additional symptoms are common. These include:

  • Nasal congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Postnasal drip (mucus flowing down the back of your throat)
  • Sore throat
  • Pressure and pain around your nose and eyes
  • Headache
  • Bad breath
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction (clogged ears)

While a runny nose might sound like a minor inconvenience, it’s often far more disruptive than you might expect because of all the symptoms that tend to happen alongside it. 

When do I need to seek treatment for a runny nose?

A runny nose could clear up in a few days or a week if you have a short-term condition like a cold or the flu. However, if your runny nose is a chronic problem (lasting 12 weeks or longer) or if it regularly happens with other symptoms, reach out to Michigan Avenue ENT for help. 

How is a chronic runny nose treated?

Dr. Dixon evaluates your symptoms and medical history and then performs a noninvasive exam of your nasal passages. He may also perform lab tests and advanced imaging tests in the office. 

Dr. Dixon then determines how to correct the root cause of your chronic runny nose. 

Initial treatment often includes measures like lifestyle changes, medication, or allergy shots. 

If you have a structural problem inside your nose, like a deviated septum, severe swelling, or nasal polyps, Dr. Dixon may recommend a minimally invasive outpatient procedure in the Michigan Avenue ENT office. 

Outpatient procedures use the most advanced high-tech equipment to restore healthy nasal anatomy and ease your runny nose and other symptoms long term. 

There are generally no incisions, no stitches, and minimal discomfort. Procedures take only around 45 minutes, and you can return home that day.

To get fast help for a frustrating runny nose, call Michigan Avenue ENT or book your appointment online today.