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what is the best otc cure for stopped up or stuffy noses

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Kimura
34 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Saline rinses: Amazingly just plain salt water can be very effective in relieving stuffy noses. Available otc as a spray or as a wash, which can be very helpful. Y ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Several: There are several to choose from, but the most effective are Cetirizine (zyrtec) and fexofenadene (allegra).
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Many treatments: Stuffy nose from allergy or cold can be treated with steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, decongestant/ antihistamine pills. Surgical treatment for ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Spring Time Allergy: There are good medications that are known as steroid sprays that diminish the mucous swelling during allergy season. These are very easily available w ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Hill
22 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: It depends on other medical conditions and medications. You should talk with your pharmacist, many people forget they are very well educated on pharma ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Simple...: The cat skin,hair cells enters your body by your nasal passage.that is why sneezing and cough( body trying to expel it ), runny nose because of your i ... Read More
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A 14-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristin Sokol
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Home remedies: A 10 year old girl with a sinus infection on antibiotics, wants to know what best relief is from stuffy nose/trouble sleeping. Try some simple home re ... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bassam Amawi
48 years experience Psychiatry
See U physician: To make sure u don't have infection.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience Periodontics
Allergist: An allergist can do testing to determine to what you are allergic. They can then recommend treatment that may simply be oral antihistamine.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean McGhee
22 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Antihistamine: The symptoms you are describing are usually (but not always) due to allergies. An antihistamine (like benedryl, zyrtec, Claritin (loratadine) or alleg ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
13 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See a doctor: The best way to do is to see your doctor to get proper diagnosis and treatment. Common cold or viral rhinitis, bacterial infection or allergic rhinosi ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Don't necessarily: need meds. 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. Til ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
None but: Possibly a saline nasal spray or sinol spray- neither would like work well enough. If you have hay fever, an oral antihistamine may be your best bet.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
28 years experience Family Medicine
Drink H2O flush nose: Make sure you are drinking enough water and not taking medications that will dry out your mucous membranes. Nasal flushing with a mixture of saline a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Allergy testing: have you considered allergy testing? There are several medications which can block the allergic response. Have your nose evaluated by a board certifie ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
If no other: Symptoms suggestive of a more significant illness, an otc antihistamine such as fexofenadine and a decongestant such as phenylephrine or Pseudoephedri ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. George Mathew
57 years experience Cardiology
Try antihistamine : You may want to try Allegra or Claritin (loratadine) .If not improved see your md!
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristi Woods
22 years experience Pediatrics
Vaseline: Or other petroleum jelly based product.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Saline solution: Are very cheap. Apply that on the nose, topically or use a spray mist, dry it with fresh q tips and coat your nostril with aquaphor ointment, vaseline ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marina Armendariz
25 years experience Pediatrics
Runny nose: If it is a cold it will clear in its own with time. If it is allergy related, claritin, (loratadine) zytec or Allegra may help. Talk to your doctor ab ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No best: In general zyrtec works faster but may cause drowsiness, Allegra (fexofenadine) takes an hour to have effect but does not cause drowsiness. Whatever ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Honey: Honey has been shown to be a no worse cough suppressor than any otc medication. Of note, it's the brown honey that was used in the studies. If you wan ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Nasal medications: Nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines might work better. The other possibility is that you do not have allergy and just have vasomotor rhinitis or ... Read More
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