A child with persistent runny nose may cause significant parental anxiety and healthcare utilisation. While the most common diagnoses are recurrent acute viral upper respiratory tract infections and allergic rhinitis, a careful history and examination is necessary to exclude other causes and to identify comorbidities. Treatment can then be tailored to the underlying cause. The aim of this article is to provide a systematic approach to such patients.
- allergy and immunology
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EP and OB contributed equally.
Contributors EP and OB created the initial draft. JB and ZQZ reviewed and edited the draft.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.