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Why Does Your Nose Run When It's Cold Outside?

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  • A runny nose in the cold weather protects your nasal membranes and helps trap debris, keeping it from entering your lungs
  • You may also experience a runny nose with allergic reactions or if you get a cold
  • Although you can’t stop a runny nose, you can speed your recovery from a cold and make changes to your lifestyle choices to help prevent colds and allergic reactions

By Dr. Mercola

Although irritating and sometimes embarrassing, a runny nose in cold weather is actually one way your body protects your mucus membranes.


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