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Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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Is it possible to have a sinus infection without nasal congestion or runny nose?

Is it possible to have a sinus infection without nasal congestion or runny nose?

Yes: A sinus infection occurs when bacteria (most commonly) grow and create pain/pressure in one of the sinuses. Many times, one of the ostia, the openings from the sinus into the nasal passages get plugged up for various reasons without typical sinsus symptoms. Recently had a patient with severe sinusitis whose only symptom was a bad cough. Otherwise felt fine. ...Read more

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Congestion with no runny nose?

Congestion with no runny nose?

How long?: If it is a chronic problem, there are many potential causes but hay fever being the most common. Sometimes the nose may start running after reduction of the nasal congestion. Claritin may dry up the nose but does nothing for decongestion. Claritin-d may be a better bet although it may also keep you awake at night. See an allergist if this problem continues. ...Read more

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Stuffy/runny nose. Congestion. What could it be?

Stuffy/runny nose. Congestion. What could it be?

Allergy vs. Cold: Stuffy runny nose with congestion can be due to seasonal (or other) allergies, but can also be due to viral or bacterial infections involving the nose & sinuses. If accompanied by fever, sinus pressure/pain, or swelling/tenderness over the sinuses, these symptoms may warrant antibiotics. Allergies can also be treated with routine medication use over the counter or by prescription. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is a runny nose a sign of your congestion breaking up?

Is a runny nose a sign of your congestion breaking up?

Generally not: There is no mechanism that increases nasal secretions when congestion goes down. Many people notice this, however. The best way to tell that congestion is improving is that it's easier to breathe through your nose. Ipratropium nasal spray from your physician will help if the runny nose is bothersome. ...Read more

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Have congestion an runny nose head feels really heavy.?

Have congestion an runny nose head feels really heavy.?

Common cold: Sounds like you have the common symptoms of a cold. These are viral in nature and should go away on their own in a few days. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can stop congestion and a runny nose overnight?

Congestion: Depending on what's the cause of the congestion if allergies zyrtec (cetirizine) at night would be a good choice. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can I give my 8mnth old for runny nose and congestion?

Saline vs decongest.: Most pediatricians would recommend saline nasal drops and the tincture of time. If the symptoms persist then an exam and discussion of triggers such as infection or allergy should be done. Some physicians would consider infant doses of decongestants with a discussion of potential side effects. ...Read more

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What do I have if I have a cough, runny nose and congestion?

What do I have if I have a cough, runny nose and congestion?

Mostly a viral URI: Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infection can cause such symptoms, rest, fluids, decongestants OTC, unless contraindicated, would help, if not, see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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What do you use for a four year old who has bad congestion and runny nose?

What do you use for a four year old who has bad congestion and runny nose?

Saline drops: Medications like antihistamines and decongestants are no longer recommended because of lack of efficacy and potential adverse effects. Salt water drops provide safe but temporary relief. Your child will tell you if they help. Don't keep doing it if they resist. ...Read more

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My one year old has been having congestion nd runny nose for about two months already. Is it normal?

My one year old has been having congestion nd runny nose for about two months already. Is it normal?

It depends: If your child has congestion and runny nose, but is acting well (eating and sleeping well), it may be allergy related. In many parts of the country, spring and fall allergies can be really severe. Give him lots of fluids to keep the mucous loose, suction his nose with saline drops, and use a cool mist humidifier as needed. Call your doctor if he has a fever >101 for >2-3 days, or is acting sick. ...Read more

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Child has runny nose/congestion all the time on and off ever since school started. What could be the cause for ongoing congestion?

Child has runny nose/congestion all the time on and off ever since school started. What could be the cause for ongoing congestion?

Allergic rhinitis: Persistent nasal congestion with sneezing and clear nasal drainage, without fever, is suggestive of allergies. This usually responds nicely to over the counter allergy medications intended to be taken once daily. It is also not uncommon for young children to get upper respiratory infections once a month during early years of daycare or elementary school (usually viral). ...Read more

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My 18 month old son has had a runny nose for a few days. Now. He seems to be dealing with some congestion coughing a little. But his nose is full.?

My 18 month old son has had a runny nose for a few days. Now. He seems to be dealing with some congestion coughing a little. But his nose is full.?

Stuffy nose: Unfortunately there are no longer over the counter cold medication for infants and toddlers.. . . You can try giving him menthol baths using johnson and johnson, menthol baby wash, you can use Vicks rub as long as he is wearing a tshirt to avoid rubbing his eyes. Also the Vicks vaporizing mentholated pads work well when placed under a crib.
If he has a fever, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a bad cold for 10 days? Congestion, runny nose and cough.

May need antibiotics: The usual viral upper respiratory infection lasts about 1 week. After that continuing cough and sinus congestion may indicate a bacterial infection and for this a course of antibiotics (for sinusitis and/or bronchitis) may be needed. See your md for evaluation if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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7Yr old has congestion and runny nose, greenish mucous. Going on for 2 days no other symptoms. Should he see a docto?

7Yr old has congestion and runny nose, greenish mucous. Going on for 2 days no other symptoms. Should he see a docto?

Up to you: Green mucus, although a sign of illness, is mor likely viral in origin. Without severe symptoms, I would push clear liquids and call for advice rather than visiting the doc ...Read more

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Child has 5th disease rash for 2 weeks, now has major runny nose/congestion as of last night. Is it related to his 5th disease or something else?

Child has 5th disease rash for 2 weeks, now has major runny nose/congestion as of last night. Is it related to his 5th disease or something else?

Fifth's Disease: The rash of fifth's disease can last for up to 3 weeks, but generally the associated low grade fever, cough and congestion comes early on and is gone with in a week. It sounds perhaps like a new viral upper respiratory infection might be responsible for the new symptoms. ...Read more

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Constantly suffering with nose congestion or runny nose accompanied by pain in left groin area. Worse at night and been an issue since Dec of 2014.?

Constantly suffering with nose congestion or runny nose accompanied by pain in left groin area. Worse at night and been an issue since Dec of 2014.?

Possible Allergic: RHINITIS.
I do not think the 2 symptoms are related.
Nasal congestion could be treated conservatively with Anti Histaminics like Benadryl (Can make oone Drowsy) or Clritin like drug, With Steam Inhalation and Vicks. If not improved please get examined for possible sinusitis.
Groin Pain needs more information and Proper Examination. ...Read more

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I have lots of head congestion and post nasal drip, but no runny nose. Should I worry?

I have lots of head congestion and post nasal drip, but no runny nose. Should I worry?

Congestion: Not unless it lasts for more than 10-14 days or you develop high fevers. Decongestants, nasal saline irrigation and nasal steroids might help. ...Read more

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Can sudden weather change from warm to cold outside cause runny nose/congestion in children?

Can sudden weather change from warm to cold outside cause runny nose/congestion in children?

Yes.: Yes it can. During this cold season it is possible that the symptoms are related to allergies (called allergic rhinitis) or something called non allergic rhinitis. Both conditions have overlapping symptoms with runny nose and swollen nasal passages that lead to nasal congestion and sometimes sneezing. The important thing is to see a doctor to make the diagnosis and begin the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion? I have no allergies.

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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion? I have no allergies.

See an allergist: That would help better, although getting a humidifier might help, but momentarily, if you really live in a very dry environment, it would soothe some. Looking for a cause for your symptoms and treating it is useful in the long term, start with your doctor, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Our daughter starts out with a sore throat that quickly moves into cough, runny nose, congestion w/ a clear mucous. All the o.t.c. remedies fail.

Our daughter starts out with a sore throat that quickly moves into cough, runny nose, congestion w/ a clear mucous. All the o.t.c. remedies fail.

Have her see her: Pediatrician. Her doctor can examine her & determine if she has an ear infection, sinus infection or viral infection. It also could be an allergy. Without seeing her, knowing her age or other history, it's hard to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have severe congestion, sneezing, runny nose, awful dry sometimes yellow mucus cough, my mucus from my nose is clear. I took allegra, did not help at all. I cant decide if its allergies or a sinus infection/cold. Its been 3 days. Should I take mucinex c

I have severe congestion, sneezing, runny nose, awful dry sometimes yellow mucus cough, my mucus from my nose is clear. I took allegra, did not help at all. I cant decide if its allergies or a sinus infection/cold. Its been 3 days. Should I take mucinex c

Infection?: Try a different antihistamine, like Benadryl (diphenhydramine). If 25-50 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) makes no difference, then it is not likely that your symptoms are due to allergies. There is no good evidence that mucinex is much help and it is expensive and has its own side effects, and I never recommend it. Avoid fragrances and aerosols while sick (add to irritation of respiratory tract). See MD if no better in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Can cold weather cause runny nose/congestion in child. No other symptoms?

Can cold weather cause runny nose/congestion in child. No other symptoms?

Sure: We have all experienced a runny nose when the it starts to get cold out. Fall also is a classic season for :"Fall Allergies" which will cause congestion and the Rhinitis and runny nose syndromes. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do medicine that's suppose to be for nasal congestion and runny nose really work?

Do medicine that's suppose to be for nasal congestion and runny nose really work?

Yes, usually: Nasal congestion and runny nose can be a symptom of many disorders. If the underlying problem is allergies, nasal steroid sprays are very effective and antihistamines help. If symptoms are from a cold, it will just take time. If symptoms are from sinus infection, then antibiotics will be useful. If symptoms are related to pregnancy, they will resolve when the baby is born. ...Read more

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My son is 7months old 20 pounds will it be ok to give him amoxicillin 3.5mls and 1/4 of benedryl for runny nose congestion and cough?

My son is 7months old 20 pounds will it be ok to give him amoxicillin 3.5mls and 1/4 of benedryl for runny nose congestion and cough?

NO it is not OK: Speak to his pediatrician, need to be checked first for diagnosis and will decide what medication is needed, and the dose. ...Read more

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I don't have a runny nose or cough but I can feel a lot of congestion in my chest and its difficult to breathe sometimes. What should I do?

I don't have a runny nose or cough but I can feel a lot of congestion in my chest and its difficult to breathe sometimes. What should I do?

That depends...: Depends on how long the symptoms have been going on and whether there are associated symptoms such as swelling in the ankles, wheeze, fever, worsened breathing when lying flat and a number of other questions and physical exam data points. Try mucinex (guaifenesin) to loosen any phlegm. If symptoms are long-standing, an exam by a physician at a minimum. ...Read more

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I have 10 mth old baby he is suffering frm chest congestion and runny nose not taking feeds properly and doesn't sleep comfortably at night.?

I have 10 mth old baby he is suffering frm chest congestion and runny nose not taking feeds properly and doesn't sleep comfortably at night.?

See your doctor.: There are two possibilities: upper respiratory congestion with the nose inflamed with mucus or a combination of the head cold with wheezing (aka acute bronchiolitis). A thorough exam will elucidate this and lead you to better symptom relief/treatment. ...Read more

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For 5 years or so, feel like left sinus has mucus that I assume must be slow to drain. No congestion or runny nose. No pain. No post nasal drip.

For 5 years or so, feel like left sinus has mucus that I assume must be slow to drain. No congestion or runny nose. No pain. No post nasal drip.

See ENT: You need to get this checked out if this bothers you but I don't understand why you are complaining of mucus when there is no drainage (runny nose or postnasal drips). Please clarify ...Read more

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Is it possible for childs 5th disease rash to be going away finally and cold symptoms reappear? Congestion runny nose, already has had rash for 2 wks

Is it possible for childs 5th disease rash to be going away finally and cold symptoms reappear? Congestion runny nose, already has had rash for 2 wks

Possible: Fifth's disease (aka: erythema infectiosum) is common viral illness in children.
By the time the rash appears, children are no longer contagious and may attend school or day care.
Illness returning 2 weeks after rash onset can be from another virus or other infection. See your pediatrician for examination to evaluate infection and provide treatments if needed. ...Read more

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What can I do to help relieve my 7 month old son's congestion and persistent runny nose? I want to avoid over-the-counter cold treatments if possible.

What can I do to help relieve my 7 month old son's congestion and persistent runny nose? I want to avoid over-the-counter cold treatments if possible.

Infant meds: Most medications are neither approved or recommended for infants. Normal saline drops to the nose can help loosen secretions and possibly decrease swelling (avoid excessive bulb suction as this traumatizes the membranes of the nose and worsens swelling). Cool mist humidifers may also help. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is approved for 6 months and older if an allergic component is suspected. ...Read more

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My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

Depends: Both are symptoms of a common cold and can appear at different times, but do not mean it is getting worse. However, if the symptoms are lasting more than 7-10 days or there are additional symptoms including, but not limited to such as fever, difficulty breathing, wheezing, I would recommend seeing a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Headaches head congestion runny nose and itchy skin?

Headaches head congestion runny nose and itchy skin?

Cold symptoms: Headaches, congestion, runny nose are typical upper respiratory infection (URI) symptoms. Many viruses can also cause rash and/or itchy skin. ...Read more

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Congestion, runny nose, sneezing. What symptoms make allergies more likely diagnosis?

Congestion, runny nose, sneezing. What symptoms make allergies more likely diagnosis?

Itchy eyes: If you add itchy eyes to the mix then allergies become even more likely. ...Read more

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What can I give my newborn if she has a cold and her saliva is sort of thick and she has runny nose/congestion?

What can I give my newborn if she has a cold and her saliva is sort of thick and she has runny nose/congestion?

Nasal saline: A nasal wash out of her nose with saline can remove some of the irritants & thin out the mucous. Sometimes you must wash out the nose using saline like a garden hose to be effective. ...Read more

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I have a horrible forehead headache with no sinus issues but the dr said its sinusitis. Is this possible with no runny nose or congestion?

I have a horrible forehead headache with no sinus issues but the dr said its sinusitis. Is this possible with no runny nose or congestion?

Sinusitis?: An unusual comment! Did your doctor give you any medication to take and if so did it work.
If the doctor did not give you any medication, find another doctor! Start with a visit to the nearest Emergency facility. ...Read more

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For 2 weeks now have had bad nasal congestion, post nasal drip, constant runny nose. Very bad congestion & nasal drip won't go away. What to do?

For 2 weeks now have had bad nasal congestion, post nasal drip, constant runny nose. Very bad congestion & nasal drip won't go away. What to do?

Sinus: I suspect this started like an ordinary cold but at this point you may have a sinus infection. Contact your doctor for a more in-depth evaluation since a number of questions need to be answered. Allergy is unlikely at this time of year if you haven't had it before. ...Read more

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