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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
According : According to drugs.Com, there are no listed interactions between Coricidin and pseudoephendrine. However, some formulations of either one depending o ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Almost certainly: Related to poor diet. Oddly enough, your brain controls your immunity and the brain is most susceptible to poor diet.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience Family Medicine
Inflammation : Sinusitis is inflammation of mucosa of the sinus. When mucosa gets dry/wet the mucosa can be fragile and sometimes capillaries can break and you see ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. TED FEDER
Dr. TED FEDER answered
39 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
10-15 min: I assume the spray is a decongestant. Wait at least 10-15 minutes for the medcine to "soak in". Then you can blow your nose gently.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beckman
50 years experience Plastic Surgery
Only a short while: Breathe in deeply through the nose with mouth closed as spray is done. Breathe normally for 30 seconds and then blow nose when needed. Oxymetazoline i ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Why using spray?: Why are you using the spray? It is very powerful and very habit forming. Use it no more than 3 days. Blowing your nose is not an issue. If you have a ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Before the spray: If Qnasl & Atrovent failed to control the runny nose, it is time for you to consult an allergist. Do note that sometimes the sinus cavity may ret ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Completely different: Saline spray and oxymetazoline (afrin) are quite different. Oxymetazoline is a potent decongestant which works wonderfully for reducing nasal swellin ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Look for alternative: Get seen by doctor and switch to a better, safer medicine for long-term use.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Jerome
50 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: You can safely use afrin twice a day for 3-5 days without any prolonged harmful effects i.e. Rebound congestion. This would actually allow improved d ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes, but...: There's no harm in using a nasal saline spray. If it helps your runny nose, it's fine.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
See the doctor: You could try adding an antihistamine with or without a decongestant over the counter. Or, you could see your doctor to see if you have developed a si ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Allergist or ENT: Your nasal symptoms can very well be due to the drugs you are on, lexapro, geodon (ziprasidone) or trazodone, all can cause dry mucus membranes hence ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Schmidt
53 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Sorry that you are going through this. i have also. I found that if you tough it out and breath through your moouth in a short time it will all open u ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
When to blow?: Good question. I would recommend trying not to blow if at all possible. If you must, avoid as long as you can and then make it a gentile blow. After 1 ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
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This blows: Stop blowing and let your nose heal. When it stops bleeding then you can go back to trying gently blowing it. Consider an over the counter medicine li ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Irritant: The Mupirocin or the carrier in bactroban (mupirocin) may be acting as an irritant to you. Not everyone responds in the same manner. Glad to hear th ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: There are a couple of other medications he can try. If these do not work you may need to see an allergist for allergy testing.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Josa
38 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Sinus: I suspect this started like an ordinary cold but at this point you may have a sinus infection. Contact your doctor for a more in-depth evaluation sin ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Post nasal drip: Your cough may also be from asthma if you are wheezing, you should see an allergist and get proper care and diagnosis.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurdeep Sareen
Specializes in Pharmacology
I would avoid: I would avoid taking a nasal decongestant unless absolutely necessary- and when taken should not be taken for more than 3 days to avoid a drug induced ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Not good idea: Hold off.
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Only if they work: This is a very complex issue as there are many potential causes for your problem. It appears that you may have a chronic sinus infection as well. A l ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ashok Mehta
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Sprays : Try singulair, (montelukast) it can work better than local sprays.

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