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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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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 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

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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