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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 34 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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Acne Therapy: Acne treatments work by reducing oil production, speeding up skin cell turnover, fighting bacterial infection, reducing the inflammation or doing all four. With most prescription acne treatments, you may not see results for four to eight weeks, and your skin may get worse before it gets better. There are topicals like ziana and epiduo and oral medication like solodyn (minocycline). See your dermatologist.
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Can mouthwashes containing peroxide cause mouth cancer?

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Can the antibiotic i'm taking for a UTI prevent conception?

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