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Can albuterol be used for clearing nasal congestion related to the common cold?

Can albuterol be used for clearing nasal congestion related to the common cold?

No: Albuterol is a bronchodilator, meaning that it is a medication which causes smooth muscles in the lungs to relax, helping to relieve the bronchospasm associated with wheezing and asthma. It does not work on the nose. Use saline nasal spray to clear out nasal congestion. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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.

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.

There are several: Types of headaches. Please see your doc. He/she will provide proper diagnosis and then the appropriate treatment. One is called a sinus headache. XLEAR is a natural nasal spray to help but see doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Temperature: See if she has a fever and if the mucus is no longer clear, than she may have an infection, for now try to keep her upright to help her breathe better. ...Read more

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Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

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

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My 2 years old daughter have symptoms of common cold. Serious nasal congestion, runny nose cough, sneezing, chest congestion. No fever. What 2 do?

My 2 years old daughter have symptoms of common cold. Serious nasal congestion, runny nose cough, sneezing, chest congestion. No fever. What 2 do?

Not much: Gentle suctioning of nose and running humidifier especially during the night will relieve the discomfort. Otc or prescription "cold meds" do not make much difference. Seek a medical attention if she develops heavy breathing, fever of over 101f, or fussiness. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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My 8wo baby has been plagued with nasal congestion. No fever. How can I make him comfortable? And how long does this usually last?

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

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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?

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

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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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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?

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

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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)

Green no good: If you feel fine that sounds good. Get green mucous cultured, might be bacteria. As you just had cold, steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil, nasal rinse for 5--7 days antihistamine with mild decogetant might give relief. ...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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How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion?

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

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Dr. John McMahan
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