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A 23-year-old female asked:

I have had one blocked nostril for about 3 days, even though it is severely blocked it is still quite runny through the night which is preventing sleep. when i do get some sort of relief it is when some of the mucus comes out but it is white and really bi

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Otolaryngologist: If this is a recent development after a common cold, try nasal irrigations with warm salt water and applying heat or inhaling steam vapors help open blockage of nasal passages. For short term using a decongestant nasal spray(if you're pregnant check with your obgyn first) reduces swollen membranes. However if this is a chronic problem you may have nasal polyp; an otolaryngologist is needed.
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Last updated Jan 16, 2015

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