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How Long Does Nasal Congestion Associated With Common Cold Last
Can Flonase be used to treat nasal congestion that’s due to the common cold, or is strictly for allergy-related congestion?
Allergy only: Nasal steroid does nothing when the congestion is caused by a cold. Topical nasal congestant spray may be used for up to 5 days. ...Read more
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.
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?
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
Had low fever from common cold. Now fever free. Nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears to be greenish yellow. Paranoid about pneumonia?
My 2 years old daughter have symptoms of common cold. Serious nasal congestion, runny nose cough, sneezing, chest congestion. No fever. What 2 do?
I’ve had a tickle in my throat (making me cough) and nasal congestion for a week. I’ve had acute bronchitis twice last year. Could it be it again?
Maybe. Maybe not.: New throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease pain. ...Read more
I have a cold and nasal congestion has caused loss of taste. How long should this last? Can I safely take anything for it with high bp?
Yes: Saline nasal washes and OTC steroid nasal sprays, read the labels carefully and use it right. Avoid decongestants as pseudoephedrine, (sudafed), if that doesn't help in few days, see your doctor, hopefully it isn't your blood pressure medication that's causing the congestion, good luck ...Read more
I went to ENT and was diagnosed with allergies. Is it common to have a slight headache w/ nasal congestion as a symptom? How long will it last?
Yes, depends: Yes, common allergic symptoms. It will last as long as your are exposed to the causative allergen (s) or you treat the allergy. ...Read more
I came down with a cold yesterday. I was up all night long last night sneezing and blowing my nose. I have a bad nasal congestion in one nostril. I took Alka-Seltzer for colds. That is not helping. What medicine or home remedy will cure my sinus?
Cold: Saline nose drops or netti pot may help with nasal congestion. ...Read more
My 8wo baby has been plagued with nasal congestion. No fever. How can I make him comfortable? And how long does this usually last?
Congestion: You can use a saline nasal spray to loosen secretions and a small rubber bulb to gently aspirate much of this material out. These conditions can be present for variable durations depending on what is causing them. If allergy, may be there quite long until you identify the offending agent and remove or desensitize. If viral, usually about a week, but may be longer depending on the virus and baby. ...Read more
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
I suffer from chronic nasal congestion with no relief from common medicatioins, it interferes with my sleep, what can I do?
How long do stuffy nose from a common cold last? I cannot take this blocked nose anymore so could you please tell me how long it lasts?
7-10 days: Cold symptoms usually 7-10 days. Use OTC decongestant tablets for relief. THere may be an underlying anatomical obstruction exacerbating blockage. See ENT doc for examination if desired. ...Read more
Is there anything I can do to help nasal congestion? I keep bringin up greens mucus, but feel fine otherwise. Also what could this be? (just had cold)
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
My 7mos baby has colds and nasal congestion making her difficult to sleep at night. What should I do?
As above: Have her see a pediatrician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion?
Fever: The main difference between allergic congestion and a virus is that allergies don't cause fever. If you don't have a fever, look at the duration - congestion from a virus typically lasts less than a week. Nasal steroid sprays work best for the congestion of allergies; if severe, the use of decongestant nasal sprays for 5 days or less will offer the best relief. ...Read more