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What is the best thing to take for nasal congestion

A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Productive cough: Most likely allergies, considering nasal stuffiness too! however without through exam, can't be certain. See your pediatrician. Approach should be ant... Read More
Dr. Alissa Zenack
Pediatrics 22 years experience
All stuffed up!: First, I am a huge believer in usuing nasal saline drops (salt water). Try putting a drop in your child's nose every 3 hours. You can also put a lit... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Nasal congestion: The best home remedy for nasal congestion is not to over zealously blow your nose. Instead use nasal saline rinse or mist and it helps decongest and ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Short term: Short term, a decongestant such as sudafed or afrin nasal spray will cause decongestion but caution for long term use as it will quit working.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Saline: I agree that it is better not to overuse decongestants, and they may have a rebound effect and worsen the symptoms. As long as there is no pain or ble... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Suction: If the nose is congested and full of mucous the best way to clear the nasal passages of a toddler who cannot blow the nose is to use a suction bulb. S... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
Pseudoephedrine: Decongestants work best for nasal congestion, and there is only one over the counter medication that works well for this problem, and that is pseudoep... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Nasal congestion: Chronic nasal congestion needs to be evaluated by an md. The symptoms might be due to an avoidable allergen like dust mites of pet dander. A blood tes... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Highfill
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Saline: First thing to try would be a saline spray. If you have excessive drainage from the nose you can use a hypertonic saline. Available otc with few side ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
Saline nose drops: Saline nose drops followed by nasal suction with a bulb syringe is the best approach for infants. Persistent symptoms may indicate an infection. Nas... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Congestion: Any over the counter anti-histamine/allergy medication such as loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec) or levocetizine (Xyzal) can be taken for rel... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Nasal Saline: The safest and in many cases, effective, is nasal irrigation with saline, available in any store. You can also add a nasal lubricant; there are many b... Read More

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