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What is the best way to get rid of a blocked nose?

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Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
Pharmacology 40 years experience
Decongestants: A decongestant will help with stuffy or blocked nose.. Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) is the best oral deconestant (have to sign for it at the pharmacy) . Topical decongestants (nasal sprays) such as oxymetazoline (afrin) are also very helpful - and quick, but be careful not to use too often (only twice daily, and only for a few days at a time) as rebound congestion could occur. Saline nasal spray help.

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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 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.
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 39 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.
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 25 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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of a blocked nose?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 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.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of a blocked nose, quickly?

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Blocked nose: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist,

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