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Can I relieve nasal congestion with a hot steamy shower?

Can I relieve nasal congestion with a hot steamy shower?

Absolutely.: A steamy shower works great to relieve nasal congestion. So does saline nasal irrigation (neti pot)! ...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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Help can bengay relieve nasal congestion?

Help can bengay relieve nasal congestion?

See details: Possible to a minor degree because of the wintergreen. A decongestant would do a much better job. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to relieve nasal congestion without the use of medication? It makes me too drowsy.

Is there anyway to relieve nasal congestion without the use of medication? It makes me too drowsy.

Diagnosis: Nasal congestion may be the result of allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis, overuse of over the counter sprays.
It sounds like you are taking a sedating antihistamine. As always, diagnosis precedes treatment. See an ENT doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime try saline (warm salt water) irrigations. ...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 could do to relieve nasal congestion for my 1 week old daughter?

Is there anything I could do to relieve nasal congestion for my 1 week old daughter?

Nasal wash: Nasal saline is available over the counter & provides a valuable aid to rinsing the irritants, perfumes, dust & other offensive material off int inside of the nose where it causes swelling and drainage. It must sometimes be used aggressively to provide adequate volume to thin secretions & improve airway function. ...Read more

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The past two nights I've woken up in the middle of the night very hot and with nasal congestion. Go back to sleep and feel fine. What could this be?

The past two nights I've woken up in the middle of the night very hot and with nasal congestion. Go back to sleep and feel fine. What could this be?

Cold: You may be coming down with a cold or it may be that your bedroom is too hot at night and the nasal congestion is from dryness. Lower the thermostat before you go to sleep to see if it helps and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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I have constant nasal congestion. I take no meds and I've tried allergy pills, neti pots, and sprays which all give temp relief, now what?

I have constant nasal congestion. I take no meds and I've tried allergy pills, neti pots, and sprays which all give temp relief, now what?

A doctor's visit: Looks like you already tried all otc remedies without symptoms relief, the next appropriate step is to come see a specialist in allergy or ent. Prolonged, untreated rhinitis can lead to more serious problems like chronic sinusitis. There are several good prescribed treatment options for your case. ...Read more

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I am debating between taking Sudafed or Mucinex I have a lot of mucus and nasal congestion. Which one will you recommend provide faster releive?

I am debating between taking Sudafed or Mucinex I have a lot of mucus and nasal congestion. Which one will you recommend provide faster releive?

NaSal congestion: My Inez has quafenisen and sudafed in it. The guiafenisen is going to mobilize your secretions.
The sudafed will dry you up. Either one would be fine. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Pressure pain bridge of nose, nasal congestion only occurs when lying down, completely relieved once standing up. It completely goes. No fever. What?!

Pressure pain bridge of nose, nasal congestion only occurs when lying down, completely relieved once standing up. It completely goes. No fever. What?!

Nasal congestion: You may have sinus congestion in one of the lesser known sinuses - either the ethmoid or frontal that flares when you are supine. You may benefit from a trial of nasal decongestant - I like pseudoephedrine either 30 or 60 mg every 6-8 hours. If this doesn't help a sinus CT scan may be helpful. Good luck ...Read more

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Nasal congestion, sneezing. Taking Flonase, antihistamine and pain relief. Looks like a big bump blocking nasal package. What could it be?

Nasal congestion, sneezing. Taking Flonase, antihistamine and pain relief. Looks like a big bump blocking nasal package. What could it be?

Needs evaluation: Could be a nasal polyp, cyst, or other growth. Also could be an anatomical issue like a deviated septum. Most rhinitis symptoms are bilateral, not one-sided. Likely requires further workup by either an Allergist or ENT specialist to determine cause. ...Read more

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Bad allergies (nasal congestion/itchy eyes/etc) with no relief from daily claritind. What are other options? (shots? Prescriptions? Anything else?)

Bad allergies (nasal congestion/itchy eyes/etc) with no relief from daily claritind. What are other options? (shots? Prescriptions? Anything else?)

Dietary will help: Making sure to hydrate well and cutting out sugars, dairy, sodas, processed foods, desserts will reduce phlegm production. Cut out tobacco, as that can be contributory too. There are eye drops that help reduce allergies but you must see your eye doctor first. Cool compresses are also useful over eyes. ...Read more

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Hot and cold sweats, no fever. Nasal congestion and swollen glands green snot and chest mucus also green. Is this the flu or a cold? Or virus?

Hot and cold sweats, no fever. Nasal congestion and swollen glands green snot and chest mucus also green. Is this the flu or a cold? Or virus?

Virus but: Depends on the duration. If these symptoms have b een present for less than 10 days and are getting better, then they are likely from a cold virus. If the symptoms have been present for more than 10 days and are getting worse, then you likely have a bacterial sinusitis. ...Read more

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What will dry up nasal congestion?

Depends on cause.: A good thorough exam by an otolaryngologist should give you the answer. There are many causes of nasal obstruction:allergies, deviated septum, polyps, sinusitis, turbinate hypertrophy. Too many to get into in this format. You need to be evaluated by an ENT to figure this one out. ...Read more

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What can I buy for nasal congestion?

OTC?: A decongestant (something with a -d after)
however consider seeing your doctor if the problem has been present for some time. ...Read more

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What can I do about nasal congestion?

What can I do about nasal congestion?

Identify trigger: To determine the correct treatment, the cause of nasal congestion should be found. There is a wide range of triggers including allergies, deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, chronic sinus infection, adenoid hypertrophy, medication side effects, etc. An allergist or ENT doctor can assist you by taking a thorough history and performing an exam and other tests as needed. ...Read more

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How can I treat severe nasal congestion?

How can I treat severe nasal congestion?

Congestion: 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, ...Read more

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How come I have constant nasal congestion?

How come I have constant nasal congestion?

Allergies: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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What can I to address my nasal congestion?

What can I to address my nasal congestion?

Find the cause: Nasal congestion may be the result of nasal allergy, deviated septum, rhino-sinusitis, nasal polyps and non-allergic rhinitis. As you say, to address your nasal congestion, you need to find the cause. Only then can logical and specific treatment be given. ...Read more

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What could cause nasal congestion at night?

What could cause nasal congestion at night?

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, ...Read more

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Could nasal congestion in children be cured?

Could nasal congestion in children be cured?

Cure?????: Since the nasal passages are lined with sensitive tissue, it can and will swell in response to respiratory irritants and a variety of infectious agents. Congestion is most noticeable when infants have a small head/nose/nasal passages and are not yet mouth breathing. This improves with head growth, but any child will have recurrent nasal congestion when conditions set it off. ...Read more

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Are there any remedies for nasal congestion?

Are there any remedies for nasal congestion?

Nasalcrom (cromolyn): Over the counter options include Nasalcrom nasal spray. Some people find neil med sinus rinses are helpful as well. Others find that Allegra d or zyrtec d pills can help. If these do not help see your doctor to get some prescription nose sprays ...Read more

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What can I do about chronic nasal congestion?

What can I do about chronic nasal congestion?

Get evaluated: Significant seasonal/perenial rhinitis can adversely affect quality of life, especially sleep which in turn can affect work performance and life-functions in general. Basic care such as nasal rinse/cleansing to reduce allergen build-up, good air/furnace filters, minimize pet danders. Nasal steroids are best, but you may need more than spray--antihistamine/decongestant. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Nasal congestion that won't stop? What can I do?

Nasal congestion that won't stop? What can I do?

Nasal congestion: There are so many causes of nasal congestion, you need to be examined by allergy /ent specialist to investigate and treat the cause of nasal congestion. ...Read more

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