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can flumist cause a positive flu test (nasal swab)?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Yes it could because it is a live inactivated virus.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can dissolving the wrong levels of salt irritate my nasal cavities?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Yes, too high of a salt concentration will irritate the mucous membranes. A safe level of salt to possible start with in the neti pot is 1/2 teaspoon of regular table salt or neti salt. Tilt your head far enough forward so that the salt solution goes in one nostril and should drain from the other nostril, and not down the back of the throat.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How effective are non-prescription nose drops or sprays?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Good and Bad: Over the counter saline sprays are helpful. I would be careful with medications like afrin, (oxymetazoline) vicks, etc. These can lead to rebound and dependence.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the best OTC cure for stopped up or stuffy noses?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Kimura
Allergy and Immunology 35 years experience
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. You can rinse several times a day with minimal to no side effects.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Where does the mucus that causes stuffy noses come from?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Lining is irritated: If one has allergies, or infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the irritated cells lining the inside of those areas will make more mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm and mucus should get more and looser.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Are there any nose-shaping exercises?

6 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
No: The nose is shaped by bone and cartilage and not influenced by muscle movements or activity. No exercise will alter the structural integrity of the nose.

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