Stuffy or runny nose - children

Nose - congested; Congested nose; Runny nose; Postnasal drip; Rhinorrhea

A stuffy or congested nose occurs when the tissues lining the nose become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels.

The problem may also include nasal discharge or "runny nose." If excess mucus runs down the back of your throat (postnasal drip), it may cause a cough or sore throat.

Throat anatomy

Structures of the throat include the esophagus, trachea, epiglottis and tonsils.

Runny and stuffy nose

A runny or stuffy nose can be due to colds, allergies, sinus infections or the flu. When there is an excess of mucus secretions the nose is runny.  The additional secretions drain from the front of the nose, or down the back (post-nasal drip). The sensation of a stuffy nose occurs when the memebranes that line the nose become swollen from inflamed blood vessels.

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Home Care

When to Contact a Medical Professional

What to Expect at Your Office Visit