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how to get rid of nasal congestion and runny nose

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Allergies: Those symptoms sound like allergies. Avoidance of the triggers is ideal, but the combination of all those symptoms, when avoidance of triggers is not ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience in Family Medicine
Neti pot, steam: A steamy shower works great to get rid of nasal congestion. So does salt water irrigation of the nose, like a neti pot. They're available at most dr ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
This may help.: Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & p ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
29 years experience in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Fever: The main difference between allergic congestion and a virus is that allergies don't cause fever. If you don't have a fever, look at the duration - con ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Runny nose: Salt water drops can help. Otherwise just wait.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience in Facial Plastic Surgery
See ENT doctor: See an ENT doctor for treatment options like nasal steroid spray, systemic steroids, and surgery.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
29 years experience in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Two things: Allergy injections can change your immune system so that you become less allergic, and less likely to react to your allergens. The only other way to d ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Rubbed on skin: Vaporub can be rubbed onto the chest or throat.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Neti pots can: Reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head ; pour solution int ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erik Voogd
19 years experience in Pain Management
Time...Phenylephrine: Or if you don't have patience consider Oxymetazoline one to two sprays per nostril. :)
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Allergies/infection: If it's a new problem, then likely an infection and probably viral. If a chronic or seasonal problem then more likely due to allergies and should be ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Tincture of time: Saline nose drop and a vaporizer can help get rid of the running nose and cough. Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and drink lots of flui ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Might need to run : it's course. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics ar ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. LEONARD FAZIO
32 years experience in Dentistry
Food allergies: Try looking into the idea that certain foods may be irritating yo your system, causing you to react with the chronic drip.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Stuffy nose: Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. Afrin (oxymetazoline) is excellent but for short term use only. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizin ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Cold: It depends on what causes it. If it is a simple cold - try neti pot nasal rinses, salt water gargles. I like Ibuprofen as it helps the pain and inflam ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Diagnosis: A stuffy nose may be caused by a variety of conditions. These include nasal allergy, viral infection, sinusitis, nasal polyps and the over use of otc ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Runny nose: You could have allergic rhinitis. And there are medications to treat it. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Depends on cause.: Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head ; p ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
First, diagnosis: A stuffy nose can be caused by a variety of diseases such as a viral infection or nasal allergy or non-allergic rhinitis. Although an over the counte ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience in Pediatrics
Runny nose: If the runny nose is from a cold, just wait for the cold to run its course. If it is from an allergy, taking an antihistamine orally or by a nasal spr ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No miracle cures: Patience. Rest. Fluids. These three are the best interventions. If you need to take something to get you feeling well enough to go to work or school t ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Afrin (oxymetazoline) is fast BUT: should only be used for a max of 72 hours. Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup distilled lukewarm water. More salt can also ... Read More

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