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Doctor insights on: Could Breathing In Steam Saline Solution Help Fight Bronchitis

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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My two weeks old boy has a dry breathing problem and slight snot build up its too early in tge morning to buy Saline Solution, what can I do?

My two weeks old boy has a dry breathing problem and slight snot build up its too early in tge morning to buy Saline Solution, what can I do?

Nasal discharge: You are aleady on the right track, nasal saline drops is the . Good luckbest treatment but you can try to suction the nasal mucus discharge with a bulb syringe until you can get the saline drops. If the trouble breathing persisted see his doctor to make sure it is not caused by a lung problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would/can albuterol or duoneb be taken to help breathing even with a cold or flu and while using sterile saline solution for nasal spray?

Would/can albuterol or duoneb be taken to help breathing even with a cold or flu and while using sterile saline solution for nasal spray?

Yes: Viral upper respiratory infections can often trigger the small airways in your lungs to constrict. Go ahead and try the albuterol. If it helps, you can continue. If it doesn't, you can move on to something different with advice from your doctor. ...Read more

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Can i add anything to saline solution for nasal rinse?

Can i add anything to saline solution for nasal rinse?

Yes: You can double the salt solution you add to make it hypertonic. They also sell a scrubbing type solution but it leaves a soapy residue and most people don't like it. ...Read more

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Hoe does a saline solution assist in preventing rhinitis? Thanks.

Wash and moisterize: Saline is salt water, the same consistency as your body fluids, 0.9 % salt water. It is used to flush wounds and skin lesions to help clean debris out of these areas. Thus the nasal spray keeps your nose moist, especially important to remove mucous, allergens in the nasal pathway. In the dry atmosphere in the winter time, your house has less moisture and your nose inside will be dry. ...Read more

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Can i use saline solution to rinse out my daughters eyes?

Can i use saline solution to rinse out my daughters eyes?

Depends: Saline solution comes in a variety of strengths. Isotonic saline is a solution used in the office to wash out wounds and could be used for eyes.Other formulations may be to dilute or strong and be irritating.Simple eye wash/eye drops are available over the counter at most dollar stores.I would suggest these as a predictable and safe eye irrigant. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a saline solution that would be suitable to clean lobe piercings with? Any possible diy solutions?

I prefer: Hydrogen peroxide mixed 1:1 with water for cleaning piercings but there are many options. i find the peroxide followed by application of aquaphor or topical antibiotic works well to prevent infection. Remember it is best to get sterile piercings, not ones at the mall ...Read more

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Is saline solution the same as artificial tears?

Is saline solution the same as artificial tears?

No: Artificial tears is a more complex solution than saline. Artificial tears contain salt and other electrolytes, a buffer and a thickening agent. Saline is okay to put in your eyes but does not work as well as artificial tears. ...Read more

Saline (Definition)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more