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A 38-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of a blocked nose quickly? nasal sprays?

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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
See ENT doctor: See an ENT doctor for treatment options like nasal steroid spray, systemic steroids, and surgery.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Blocked nose! what are the different nasal sprays I can use to open it up?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Nose sprays: Over-the -counter: decongestants such as: afrin (oxymetazoline)- these work well but must be used only 3-4 days. Saline spray is very safe to use and acts as a mild decongestant--nasalchrom is also safe and can be used daily. Prescription- nasal streroids (flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, etc.) nasal antihistamines (patanase and and astepro).
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a blocked nose?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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 into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What's the quickest way to get rid of a blocked nose?

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Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Oxymetazoline: Otc nose sprays containing oxymetazoline or neosynephrine (phenylephrine) are great at decongesting your nose in a hurry, without a lot of side effects in the short term. It can dry and irritate your nose after a few days. If used longer than 3 to 5 days it can have a rebound effect, where your nasal lining swells more than it was in the first place. So only use for 3 to five days.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

I always have a blocked nose, what can I do to get rid of this?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on cause: The nose can be congested from allergy, medications, polyps, and structural problems. Nasal steroids and antihistamine/decongestant preparations can help with allergy, nasal steroids sometimes reduce polyps. If it is structural such as a deviated septum, large turbinates, or polyps then surgery is often beneficial. Suggest seeing an ENT physician for a comprehensive evaluation.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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