Illnesses and Antibiotic Resistance
A runny nose runny nose with green or yellow drainage is a common symptom of a chest cold or acute bronchitis.
Will antibiotics help?
- An antibiotic will not help.
- A runny nose is a common symptom of a chest cold or acute bronchitis.
- A runny nose may begin with clear drainage then turn to yellow or green drainage.
- Color changes in nasal mucous are a good sign that your body is fighting the virus.
What can you do if you have a runny nose?
- You need lots of extra rest.
- Drink plenty of fluids (especially water) and eat healthy foods.
- Keep your head propped up when resting.
- Keep your home smoke-free.
- Saline nose drops may help relieve symptoms.
- Take decongestants* for a stuffy nose.
* Follow package directions for age & dose or your health care providers’ instructions.
- A cool mist vaporizer may help too.
- If a runny nose is not getting better at all after 10 - 14 days
or if other symptoms develop, call your health care provider.