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What can i do if im congested?

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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Congestion: Congestion can be addressed through several methods -- over the counter decongestants (pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine -- avoid if you have high blood pressure), over the counter nasal saline, or prescribed nasal steroids. Chronic congestion should be addressed by your physician.
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Dr. Philip Kennedy
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Sudafed/nasal sprays: Consider "behind the counter" sudafed (ask the pharmacist for it), saline nasal spray, or cautious use of afrin nasal spray. I say cautious as you can create a rebound effect where the nose gets stuffier shortly after the use of afrin if it is used too often.
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Dr. Michael Jones
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: On why your congested. Common reasons include allergies and viral upper respiratory infections. Nasal saline irrigation can be helpful.
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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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