Blocked / stuffy / runny nose
When the season comes, escaping a cold or flu can be quite the struggle.
One of the most annoying symptoms when catching a cold is the distressful nose situation, when initially we sneeze, then our nose drips and finally we end up with a stuffy nose which blocks our breathing and makes us sound funny when we talk. In our effort to resolve this, we blow our nose and usually nothing comes out. Most people believe that our nose is being blocked by too much mucus in the nasal passages. However, a clogged nose is the result of an inflammation of the nasal blood vessels.
In the case of the "runny nose" or increased nasal discharge, the excess mucus may run down the back of our throat (postnasal drip) and may cause a cough or sore throat.