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A 30-year-old member asked:

What is the quickest way to get rid of a congested nose?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Afrin (oxymetazoline) is very fast : But can only be used for a very brief time due to potential for rebound insomnia. 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 am & pm.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the fastest way to get rid of a congested nose?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Something like: Afrin help sxs fast but can only be used for a very limited time & it doesn't mean the congestion won't come back. 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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do I get rid of baby's congested nose, since there are no baby nose medicines at the store?

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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Dr. Patrick Hieberanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Viral URI symptoms: There is no true medicine for the relief of nasal congestion due to a viral upper respiratory infection. The fda withdrew licensing for "cold/allergy"medicines several years ago for children under age 2 yrs due to lack of proof of efficacy and reports of 100's of deaths/ yr due to errors made with the preparations. Cleaning the nose with Normal Saline nose drops / bulb syringe is traditional rx.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can i tell me how i can get rid of a congested nose?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
One way: 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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do I get rid of sniffling, and having a congested nose?

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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Decongestant: Decongestant nasal spray or pill.
Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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