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Can albuterol be used for clearing nasal congestion related to the common cold?

Can albuterol be used for clearing nasal congestion related to the common cold?

No: Albuterol is a bronchodilator, meaning that it is a medication which causes smooth muscles in the lungs to relax, helping to relieve the bronchospasm associated with wheezing and asthma. It does not work on the nose. Use saline nasal spray to clear out nasal congestion. ...Read more

Ventolin (Definition)

Ventolin is the trade name for the chemical / drug albuterol. This drug is a medicine to be inhaled to open the airways and it acts quickly, so it is called a "short-acting bronchodilator". The medicine comes in both a hand-held inhaler and as a liquid to be used with a nebulizer machine. It also comes in a liquid form to take by mouth, but this should not be used ...Read more


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Can Flonase be used to treat nasal congestion that’s due to the common cold, or is strictly for allergy-related congestion?

Can Flonase be used to treat nasal congestion that’s due to the common cold, or is strictly for allergy-related congestion?

Allergy only: Nasal steroid does nothing when the congestion is caused by a cold. Topical nasal congestant spray may be used for up to 5 days. ...Read more

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I have a splitting headache and nasal congestion. There is a slight ringing in my ears. I thought it was a common cold, but now I am unsure.

I have a splitting headache and nasal congestion. There is a slight ringing in my ears. I thought it was a common cold, but now I am unsure.

There are several: Types of headaches. Please see your doc. He/she will provide proper diagnosis and then the appropriate treatment. One is called a sinus headache. XLEAR is a natural nasal spray to help but see doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My four week old daughter has a ton of nasal congestion and runny nose today. How do I know if this is the common cold or something more serious?

My four week old daughter has a ton of nasal congestion and runny nose today. How do I know if this is the common cold or something more serious?

Temperature: See if she has a fever and if the mucus is no longer clear, than she may have an infection, for now try to keep her upright to help her breathe better. ...Read more

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Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Don't worry.: Pneumonia will give you a fever and your symptoms would have gotten worse, not better, without treatment. It is common to have congestion and cough when recovering from an upper respiratory infection, the majority of which are caused by viruses. Not bacteria. If you get sick again, go see your primary MD for evaluation and maybe an xray, if necessary. ...Read more

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My 2 years old daughter have symptoms of common cold. Serious nasal congestion, runny nose cough, sneezing, chest congestion. No fever. What 2 do?

My 2 years old daughter have symptoms of common cold. Serious nasal congestion, runny nose cough, sneezing, chest congestion. No fever. What 2 do?

Not much: Gentle suctioning of nose and running humidifier especially during the night will relieve the discomfort. Otc or prescription "cold meds" do not make much difference. Seek a medical attention if she develops heavy breathing, fever of over 101f, or fussiness. ...Read more

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My 3 years old daughter have nasal congestion and sneezing no fever. What to do for nasal congestion?? . albuterol sulfate is fine? So she can sleep

My 3 years old daughter have nasal congestion and sneezing no fever. What to do for nasal congestion?? . albuterol sulfate is fine? So she can sleep

Nasal wash/saline: Albuterol sulfate has no value to a kid with a congested nose or sneezing. Any improvement you may have seen from a neb treatment would be from the moisture thinning her mucus. Most cases are aggravated by airborne irritants like dust, fumes or fragrances. Washing the irritants from the inside of her nose reduces her bodies reaction to them. Thus reducing the swelling & extra drainage they trigger ...Read more

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Sudden chest tightness, rapid hr, reflux, nasal congestion & trouble breathing. Albuterol helped. Lung infection 5 wks ago. Could this be asthma?

Sudden chest tightness, rapid hr, reflux, nasal congestion & trouble breathing. Albuterol helped. Lung infection 5 wks ago. Could this be asthma?

Mgt: It may be that the illness predisposed you to bronchospasm, which the Albuterol relieved. If you have a family history of asthma, this increases your likelihood of asthma. If you have recurrent wheezing, please see a specialist or your PCP. A virtual consultation may be useful to you and your PCP. ...Read more

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I’ve had a tickle in my throat (making me cough) and nasal congestion for a week. I’ve had acute bronchitis twice last year. Could it be it again?

I’ve had a tickle in my throat (making me cough) and nasal congestion for a week. I’ve had acute bronchitis twice last year. Could it be it again?

Maybe. Maybe not.: New throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease pain. ...Read more

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My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication (they are 6 months) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?

My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication (they are 6 months) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?

Saline: Cold meds we use as adults or with older kids reduce drainage by using meds that dry ; thicken the drainage. Babies are dependent on narrow nasal passages that will block with thickened drainage. Your best rx for infants is to use generous amounts of saline nose wash and occasional suction to keep their nasal passages clear. Clean it as often as needed ; avoid all the stuff for old kids. ...Read more

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Will sudogest help from my ear being clogged? Been like this 4, 3weeks now. Dr said its nasal congestion. Cong. Is clearing up not my ear. Please help

Will sudogest help from my ear being clogged? Been like this 4, 3weeks now. Dr said its nasal congestion. Cong. Is clearing up not my ear. Please help

It can help: Sudogest is a drug that constricts the the blood vessels, affecting the entire body to some extent, but in the nose, sinuses, and ears it reduces congestion. The eustachian tube (et) connects the ear to throat and can swell, causing ear stuffiness. That rx can open the et. It may take some time. There are prescriptions like nasal steroid sprays and oral steroids that your doctor can prescribe too. ...Read more

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56/m/x-smoker-Chronic nasal congestion & throat clearing. No fever, sneeze, cough. Slight blood in mucus after throat clearing 1 day. CXR clear 2 month ago?

56/m/x-smoker-Chronic nasal congestion & throat clearing. No fever, sneeze, cough. Slight blood in mucus after throat clearing 1 day. CXR clear 2 month ago?

See ENT: Consult an ENT because of the blood in the throat mucus. In most cases, allergies would be the prime suspect for the nasal congestion however. ...Read more

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I'm have severe nasal congestion as a result of my cold. I've used so many nasal spray, rynex, and more. But nothing helps and I can't sleep cause of it?

I'm have severe nasal congestion as a result of my cold. I've used so many nasal spray, rynex, and more. But nothing helps and I can't sleep cause of it?

So many nasal sprays: Maybe that's the problem, if overuse nasal decongestant sprays, you may develop rebound congestion, besides it might not only be congestion, bacterial infection may need antibiotics, and perresistant inflammation may need steroids, local or systemic, so better see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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I have nasal congestion due to a cold, how can I get relief?

I have nasal congestion due to a cold, how can I get relief?

Nasal or oral: For simple nasal congestion after a cold, you can use: oxymetazoline nasal spray, over the counter oral decongestants, or a saline irrigation solution. If you have high blood pressure or other heart issues, the oral decongestant is not the best choice as it is a potential stimulant to the heart. Then the nasal spray might be the better choice. Personally I always recommend the topical solutions. ...Read more

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I have a cold and nasal congestion has caused loss of taste. How long should this last? Can I safely take anything for it with high bp?

I have a cold and nasal congestion has caused loss of taste. How long should this last? Can I safely take anything for it with high bp?

Yes: Saline nasal washes and OTC steroid nasal sprays, read the labels carefully and use it right. Avoid decongestants as pseudoephedrine, (sudafed), if that doesn't help in few days, see your doctor, hopefully it isn't your blood pressure medication that's causing the congestion, good luck ...Read more

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Nasal congestion;small spot that looked like bleeding in what I "hocked" up twice from nose; only this am, it stopped, l getting over cold; worry?

Nasal congestion;small spot that looked like bleeding in what I "hocked" up twice from nose; only this am, it stopped, l getting over cold; worry?

Only if persistent: If this occurs often and lasts more than a few weeks, then you should consult an ent. I suspect however that the problem will subside in about 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion?

How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion?

Fever: The main difference between allergic congestion and a virus is that allergies don't cause fever. If you don't have a fever, look at the duration - congestion from a virus typically lasts less than a week. Nasal steroid sprays work best for the congestion of allergies; if severe, the use of decongestant nasal sprays for 5 days or less will offer the best relief. ...Read more

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Very minor nasal congestion comes and goes, pressure on nose. MD examined concluded no sinusitis. It's definetly not cold I feel like normal. Wht is?

Allergy?: Without examining you and obtaining a more complete history it is difficult to say what this is, but you might be having allergic reactions to something. Go back and talk to your doctor and if not satisfied you might want to get a second opinion. Best. ...Read more

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I have no nasal congestion and a dry cough but I can feel something rattling around in my chest when I cough I have no other symptoms either is this allergies or a cold?

I have no nasal congestion and a dry cough but I can feel something rattling around in my chest when I cough I have no other symptoms either is this allergies or a cold?

Could be either: They symptoms are likely related to an upper respiratory infection; however depending on the time sequence and persistence of symptoms, allergies could be playing a role if there is no improvement in the near future.

Should the symptoms persist or should they worsen, I recommend seeing your primary doctor and possibly an allergist. ...Read more

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Trying to fight off a chest cold. Very little nasal congestion, just in the chest. Cough getting more frequent, but not coughing up anything yet?

Trying to fight off a chest cold. Very little nasal congestion, just in the chest. Cough getting more frequent, but not coughing up anything yet?

Chest?: I wonder what symptoms you have from the chest and have you had this before? Many times the cough may actually be from the throat. If not then I would worry about asthma brought on by a cold. Symptoms can include chest tightness, coughing, wheezing and breathlessness in which case you be seen right away for treatment. I wish there was a way to keep the virus from running it's course. ...Read more

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I suffer from chronic nasal congestion with no relief from common medicatioins, it interferes with my sleep, what can I do?

I suffer from chronic nasal congestion with no relief from common medicatioins, it interferes with my sleep, what can I do?

Multiple Causes: Nasal congestion can be from many different causes - including structural problems (deviated septum), nasal polyps, allergies, thyroid diseases. Evaluation may include getting a ct scan of one's nose and sinuses, allergy testing and blood work. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to help nasal congestion? I keep bringin up greens mucus, but feel fine otherwise. Also what could this be? (just had cold)

Green no good: If you feel fine that sounds good. Get green mucous cultured, might be bacteria. As you just had cold, steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil, nasal rinse for 5--7 days antihistamine with mild decogetant might give relief. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Bezack
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Albuterol (Definition)

Albuterol is a beta 2 agonist that stimulates the muscles in the airways to open up if they are in spasm. Typically the medicine is inhaled via a meter dosed inhaler (mdi), or a nebulizer and also available ...Read more


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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more