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3mo baby w/RSV. Cough is resolving but stuffy nose sounds worse. Albuterol-nebulizer treatment plus saline solution atomizer. What can I do?

3mo baby w/RSV. Cough is resolving but stuffy nose sounds worse. Albuterol-nebulizer treatment plus saline solution atomizer. What can I do?

Saline: You can add some normal saline infant nose drops with a bulb syringe to clear her nostrils. I am glad to hear the cough and lower respiratory issues are decreasing, she is on the road to recovery. Also, give her extra fluids, pedialyte. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a cough and phlegm and stuffy nose that seems to not go away it's been a week and 2 days. Is there any home remedies I can do to make it go away?

I have a cough and phlegm and stuffy nose that seems to not go away it's been a week and 2 days. Is there any home remedies I can do to make it go away?

Mgt: Usually viral illnesses resolve by day 10-11. I would advise rest and hydration. If you continue to have symptoms at around day 21, a follow up appt for possible sinusitis.
If you develop high fever, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are good home remediesfor a cough and runny/stuffy nose?

What are good home remediesfor a cough and runny/stuffy nose?

Tips: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a swollen nose and face. Stuffy nose. What Can I do foe home remedy.

I wake up every morning with a swollen nose and face. Stuffy nose. What Can I do foe home remedy.

Net Pots can: Reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in a.m. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedy for sore throat and stuffy nose?

Are there any home remedy for sore throat and stuffy nose?

Remedies: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy nose, and I have a cough where it hurts my chest and I cough up phlegm. I need this gone by friday night please! Any remedies?

I have a stuffy nose, and I have a cough where it hurts my chest and I cough up phlegm. I need this gone by friday night please! Any remedies?

No magic bullet.: Whether one can get rid of your symptoms depends on the cause. An otc antihistamine/decongestant or afrin nasal spray for no more than 5 days may reduce the nasal congestion. If this is a long-term issue, be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My husband insurance at his new job hasn't kicked in yet but my 2 year old is sick what should I do at home has a remedy my 2 year old has a stuffy nose at night but runny nose during the day its a bright green mucus her left eyes is kinda swollen and has

My husband insurance at his new job hasn't kicked in yet but my 2 year old is sick what should I do at home has a remedy my 2 year old has a stuffy nose at night but runny nose during the day its a bright green mucus her left eyes is kinda swollen and has

Take him to the dr: Insurance should not be the primary concern, your two year old should be. I am sure that you get groceries and gas even though your insurance does not cover these items. Sometimes you can negotiate in advance for a cash price. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for sore throat stuffy nose earache n headache? At home trearments prefered ans breastfeedinf safe

What is best treatment for sore throat stuffy nose earache n headache? At home trearments prefered ans breastfeedinf safe

Symptomatic Treatmen: From what you describe it may be viral upper respiratory infection.
Symptomatic treatment with humidifier and steam inhalation. Over the counter medications for cold have medications that may not be safe for baby while breast feeding (too many varieties with many commercially available meds to specify which ones are not good). ...Read more

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What is the best way to help a 8 month old with stuffy nose and cough?

Tlc: Bulb syringe and Normal Saline nose drops as needed to unplug the nose. A humidifier to help your baby sleep better. ...Read more

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Having a constant need to sneeze sometimes do sometimes don't stuffy nose and cough what could this be?

Having a constant need to sneeze sometimes do sometimes don't stuffy nose and cough what could this be?

Cold or allergies: It could just be a common cold, caused by a virus. If symptoms last longer than 10 days, a bacterial sinus infection is possible. Sneezing and congestion for longer than 10 days can also be due to allergic rhinitis ("hayfever, " seasonal allergies). If symptoms last longer than 10 days or high fever occurs, seeing a doctor is wise. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on running a marathon with a cold? This will be my first one and have trained really hard for the past 21 weeks. Race is this sunday I'm on day 7 of the cold stuffy nose and cough

What are your thoughts on running a marathon with a cold? This will be my first one and have trained really hard for the past 21 weeks. Race is this sunday I'm on day 7 of the cold stuffy nose and cough

Consult Dr.: You don't want to jeopardize your health for a long period by challenging your immune system, etc. By running the marathon. You may be more susceptible to injury and other problems by running it. It is frustrating so I would talk to your Dr. Asap ...Read more

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My 4 year old has been having a stuffy nose and cough for over a month now can this be serious should I take him ti see his doctor?

Effect on lifestyle?: If your kid is playing robustly, resting well at night and the symptoms bother u more than the kid, simple monitoring is ok. Reduce or eliminate exposures to known irritants, smoke/fumes/etc. & a trial of otc allergy med may be in order. If kid is dragging around, not up to playing with peers, appears worn out or otherwise down, a look over with his regular dr is in order. ...Read more

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Help! My 10 month old is sick. Runny stuffy nose and cough. Low grade fever. It hasn't gotten above 100 yet. What could be wrong?

Help! My 10 month old is sick. Runny stuffy nose and cough. Low grade fever. It hasn't gotten above 100 yet. What could be wrong?

VIRAL ILLNESS:: A common condition, caused by bunch of viruses. Starts with runny nose, cough, low grade fever, poor appetite, some nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.
Make sure drinks enough fluid, if too much mucous- reduce milk, some extra juice for few days, suck nose with bulb syringe if runny; if thick mucous, use saline nasal drop, then suck. Acetaminophen if fever is above 101 f. See pediatrician if not better. ...Read more

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2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

See Doc re: Croup: When a child has a cough that has a "barking" quality, a doc should check them for an illness called Croup. A pediatrician should see your little guy today. Croup can have serious complications at times even requiring hospitalization. Since your child is young, he probably can't tell you how sick he really is. He should be assessed today and monitored closely. Rx treatment will help him get better ...Read more

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Mom is having a surgery 2morrow n she's having a tiny bit of stuffy nose and cough, no fever. I'm worried she won't be honest about her symptoms to the surgeon, will they be able to tell even if she doesn't say? And is it a risk?

Mom is having a surgery 2morrow n she's having a tiny bit of stuffy nose and cough, no fever. I'm worried she won't be honest about her symptoms to the surgeon, will they be able to tell even if she doesn't say? And is it a risk?

Inform doctor: If she is having respiratory problem, she will be at risk of life-threatening events under general anesthesia. If she would not inform the surgeon, you will need to find a way to convey this information to the surgeon. Although an exam often will detect the problem but it is not foolproof. ...Read more

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4 year old has had stuffy nose and cough 3 days tonight she seems a little worse and has a fever of 101. Normal for cold or sinus infection?

4 year old has had stuffy nose and cough 3 days tonight she seems a little worse and has a fever of 101. Normal for cold or sinus infection?

Examine: As she seems to be getting worse, have her examined. It may be a regular cold but at this point I would worry about an ear or throat infection or a possible pneumonia. She may require an antibiotic. All the best and I hope she feels better soon. ...Read more

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Sick for week now pretty much the same feverish sinus pressure pain feels like face is pounding VERY stuffy nose and cough very lethargic sore throat?

Sick for week now pretty much the same feverish sinus pressure pain feels like face is pounding VERY stuffy nose and cough very lethargic sore throat?

Viruses stink: Most sinus infections in children and adults are viral pathogens. It's not uncommon for symptoms to last 4-5+ weeks. I'd talk to your doctor about ways to decrease some of the symptoms. Can be as easy as DayQuil or if appropriate, I will prescribe a cough syrup (eg Tussionex) with an intranasal steroid (eg, Nasonex) and/or Chloraseptic Max Cough drops (they have 2 numbing agents in them). G'luck! ...Read more

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I've had a fever of 101-104 for 3 days with sore throat stuffy nose and cough my dad won't take me to the hospital/doctor for anything and im scared!

I've had a fever of 101-104 for 3 days with sore throat stuffy nose and cough my dad won't take me to the hospital/doctor for anything and im scared!

Infection...: You most likely have an infection and, most of the time, these infections are viral and they will run their course and resolve on their own within 7-10 days. But, if your symptoms are getting worse, then you need to see a doctor because if a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotics. Is there another family member who can take you to a doctor, if necessary? How old are you? ...Read more

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How can I soothe my toddler’s cough and stuffy nose in the middle of the night?

How can I soothe my toddler’s cough and stuffy nose in the middle of the night?

COUGH: Symptoms of cough usually more at night and early morning. Make sure his nose is clear, use saline nasal drop and suck the mucous with bulb syringe before sleep, use a humidifier or vaporizer with Vicks in the room at night. Can give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) according to weight once at night, keep room temperature 68 f, to max. 70 degrees.
If cough continues, check with toddler's pediatrician to rule out asthma. ...Read more

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Quick way to clear a stuffy nose and slight cough?

Quick way to clear a stuffy nose and slight cough?

Stuff nose & cough: Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in a.m. Consider hydrating really well & humidifier for your cough. T ...Read more

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What are some quick way to clear a stuffy nose and slight cough?

What are some quick way to clear a stuffy nose and slight cough?

Options: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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Child with cough and stuffy nose all the time, what do you suggest?

Child with cough and stuffy nose all the time, what do you suggest?

Cough and congestion: Its kind of hard to answer the question without knowing the age of the child. A 2 month old might be having reflux, a 2 year old may have allergies. At this timeof the year if the child is 6 months old or older and keeps a clear runny nose or congestion and a cough it is probably allergy related. ...Read more

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Have stuffy nose everyday and nasal drip. Where can I find a remedy?

Have stuffy nose everyday and nasal drip. Where can I find a remedy?

Stuffy and drippy: Hello, your symptoms sound like allergy. Your remedy may be in the otc section of your pharmacy. Antihistamines such as claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec or Allegra may help. Each is available as a generic too! If this doesn't help, see your doctor for further evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would you do to get rid of a cough and stuffy nose?

What would you do to get rid of a cough and stuffy nose?

Cough: You have to identify the cause if possible. There are numerous infectious and non-infecious causes. Your doctor should be able to help sort it out and make some recommendations. ...Read more

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I’ve had a terrible phlegm (think white or green) cough for over a month now. Slightly stuffy nose as well. It’s always at its worst in the mornings. Any suggestions?

I’ve had a terrible phlegm (think white or green) cough for over a month now. Slightly stuffy nose as well. It’s always at its worst in the mornings. Any suggestions?

Allergies?: Sounds like allergies, probably to something in the house. As the cooler weather comes, we tend to spend more time inside. And we sleep with the windows closed, so we’re exposed to allergens as we sleep and awaken symptomatic. Pet dander? Dust mites? Mold in a central heating system? ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stuffy nose?

What is the treatment for a stuffy nose?

One natural way.: Agree w dr. Kam. Neti pots can
reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. ...Read more

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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

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