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How long does stuffy nose last when you have a cold?

How long does stuffy nose last when you have a cold?

Nasal congestion: Hello. Nasal congestion associated with a cold usually resolves after the cold has passed. Usually within 7-10 days. If the symptoms persist, see your doctor. A sinusitis could be present or inflamed turbinate tissues possibly from an allergy. ...Read more

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How long does a stuffy nose last for a 11 month old baby?

How long does a stuffy nose last for a 11 month old baby?

Varies: Could be as long as several weeks. Things to look for that would warrant more urgent need to be seen would be gasping for breath, or unable to suck on pacifier/bottle/breast. Of course if they start acting in a manner concerning to you, a visit to their doctor would be warranted. ...Read more

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How long would stuffy nose usually last?

How long would stuffy nose usually last?

Stuffy nose: Depends on the cause. If it is from a deviated septum, it won't get better on its own. If it is from the common cold, it usually lasts 5-7 days. Allergies can last months at a time. Feel better. ...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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2 wks. With ear infection. Healed yesterday. Woke up with stuffy nose&swelling. When I stand it stops. Long will this last? I have plans tomo!

2 wks. With ear infection. Healed yesterday. Woke up with stuffy nose&swelling. When I stand it stops. Long will this last? I have plans tomo!

If standing stops it: Then what you have is a buildup of mucus in the nose and it is fine when it drains. Sleep propped up on several pillows, drink more than the usual amount of liquids, and stop taking antihistamines if you were taking them for the ear so the mucus stays loose and can drain. ...Read more

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Sore throat and stuffy nose after guardasil how long will this last?

Sore throat and stuffy nose after guardasil how long will this last?

Likely not related: Hi. Your symptoms an likely unrelated to the Gardasil vaccination. It is more probable that you have another process, like a virus or cold, at the same time that you received the vaccine. Get well soon! ...Read more

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How long should a stuffed nose last?

How long should a stuffed nose last?

Depends: If it is from a cold, a few days, if it is from allergies, until you get them treated and if it is from sinus infection, until it gets treated, if there are polyps, they need to be aggressively treated too. See your doctor to get a proper diagnosis for your nasal congestion. ...Read more

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A long time there will be a stuffy nose, do not know whether or not to intervene?

A long time there will be a stuffy nose, do not know whether or not to intervene?

Stuffy nose: If you have been having a "stuffy nose" for longer than a week or two, and it is causing discomfort its a good idea to get checked. It could be due to allergies. Or there could be some part of the nasal and sinus anatomy that makes you prone to infection or persistent allergies. Dry winter air can worsen some symptoms. You could dry a humidifier and see if it helps. ...Read more

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I have had a stuffy nose for three days now the last two day I have had a cough. It feels like there is a weight on my chest what would this be.

I have had a stuffy nose for three days now the last two day I have had a cough. It feels like there is a weight on my chest what would this be.

Viral: Upper respiratory illness-- cold most likely!
treat the symptoms and watch for high fever, more congestion, or short of breath? ...Read more

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How long will my stuffed nose last I'm taking a test for school in two days!

Stuffy nose: If it is a cold, it should subside in a few days, if allergies it may last longer. Use a saline nasal spray to help breathe better. ...Read more

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My 33 month old son gets a fever at night for the last 2 days. Could this be from teething? He has no other symptoms except a slightly stuffy nose.

Viral illness possib: It is myth that teething causes infection, it could be quincidence. Your son may be having mild viral infection -having fever and stuffy nose. These symptoms may go away in 2-3 days. Watch for fever or cough, if persisting then see doctor. ...Read more

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I constantly suffer from with a stuffy nose. I've found a nasal spray that works really well. Can I use this long term or will I develop a resistance?

I constantly suffer from with a stuffy nose. I've found a nasal spray that works really well. Can I use this long term or will I develop a resistance?

May be: If the nasal spray the decongestant type, you develop tolerance, if it is a steroid, no, but you need to be followed up by a doctor in that case and anyhow, goodluck ...Read more

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My daughter is 2 when ever I suction her runny and stuffy nose there is blood mixed with the mucus this had happened for the last two days every time?

My daughter is 2 when ever I suction her runny and stuffy nose there is blood mixed with the mucus this had happened for the last two days every time?

Common finding: The sensitive linings of the nose has capillaries that break easily with trauma. Suctioning will often stir this up, but it is transient. Often just flooding the nose with nasal saline will loosen the mucous & letting it drain into the stomach is not a problem. ...Read more

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I've had a cough, runny/stuffy nose, headache, and body aches since last monday. Body aches seem to have worsen since last week. Any advice?

I've had a cough, runny/stuffy nose, headache, and body aches since last monday. Body aches seem to have worsen since last week. Any advice?

Flu complications: It sounds like complications of a flu-like illness. After this long you need to be checked for possible sinusitis or even pneumonia. ...Read more

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Last month or so got this stuffy nose, no mucus, not sick, just plugged up I can breathe through it if I push hard, but really hard to breathe out?

Last month or so got this stuffy nose, no mucus, not sick, just plugged up I can breathe through it if I push hard, but really hard to breathe out?

Try these.: Take otc antihistamines (benadryl- causes drowsiness), Vicks vaporub, cough drops etc. Your dr can prescribe steroid nasal solution. You may consider allergy testing. Hope u feel better! ...Read more

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I had a stuffy nose on and off for few weeks now is it allergies I normal don't get allergies? I just took Claritin (loratadine) to see if that helps how long till Claritin (loratadine) to kick in?

I had a stuffy nose on and off for few weeks now is it allergies I normal don't get allergies? I just took Claritin (loratadine) to see if that helps how long till Claritin (loratadine) to kick in?

Some relief: Any medication takes 4 doses to reach a steady state on the blood stream, so for a once a day medication, you'll need four days. That doesn't mean you won't see relief sooner, and should should see some relief on day one, but give it a week or so to see the best effect. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My 10mnth old son got the cold last Fri stuffy nose and coughing followed by a rash on his face belly n back. It does not seem to itch?

My 10mnth old son got the cold last Fri stuffy nose and coughing followed by a rash on his face belly n back. It does not seem to itch?

Viral exanthum: Rashes associated with fever in children are often caused by viral infections. We call these 'exanthums'. These rashes are generally harmless and go away when the infection resolves. Rashes associated with very high fevers, lethargy, rapid progression, vomiting or other concerning symptom require immediate evaluation. Rash associated with sore throat can be Strep infection & requires Rx meds. ...Read more

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Hi I am 20 male I am masturbating from 7 years but from last 3 months I get runny and stuffy nose and sneezing after I masturbate please help me out?

Hi I am 20 male I am masturbating from 7 years but from last 3 months I get runny and stuffy nose and sneezing after I masturbate please help me out?

Maybe just you: A few percent of men sneeze a few moments after they ejaculate. Like the far more troublesome post-coital headache, it's a curious reflex and nobody really understands it. If it bothers you, ask your pharmacist or physician whether a nasal spray of the kind that are often used for allergy would help. ...Read more

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I'm getting over a cold from last week but I still have a stuffy nose with lots mucus and post nasal drip. How do I get rid of it? Slightly thick clear

I'm getting over a cold from last week but I still have a stuffy nose with lots mucus and post nasal drip. How do I get rid of it? Slightly thick clear

See doctor: About 10% of the people end up with a sinus infection after a cold especially when the symptoms persist >10 days. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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When just starting prescription prilosec and getting some side effects like stuffy nose and mild headache, how long till side effects subside?

When just starting prescription prilosec and getting some side effects like stuffy nose and mild headache, how long till side effects subside?

When you stop Prilos: OdopTPohese are thesie effects f rilsec and symtms ol subside when you stop the drug causing the symptoms ...Read more

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Can I use rhinocort nasal spray when pregnant for a stuffynose? How long does it take to clear up a stuffy nose with rhinocort?

Can I use rhinocort nasal spray when pregnant for a stuffynose? How long does it take to clear up a stuffy nose with rhinocort?

Yes: Yes you can use Rhinocort but I would have you discuss this with your obstetrician as well. Some providers are not comfortable with certain med use for their pregnant patients. Remember that a stuffy nose can linger during pregnancy because your immune system is altered when pregnant. ...Read more

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My son's only symptom is a stuffy nose, it has lasted for about 9 days I've done some nasal sprays and antihistamines. He's breathing out but not in?

My son's only symptom is a stuffy nose, it has lasted for about 9 days I've done some nasal sprays and antihistamines. He's breathing out but not in?

Humidity changes?: Nasal blockage while sleeping is often due to change in humidity in the inhaled air. It is associated with dryness from heater. Use of humidifier may help to relieve the symptom. ...Read more

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I have a runny and stuffy nose at the same time. Other symptoms, sinus pressure and headache. I just had a cold last month, could it be another cold?

I have a runny and stuffy nose at the same time. Other symptoms, sinus pressure and headache. I just had a cold last month, could it be another cold?

R/O SINUSITIS: Yes you should rest irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex (mometasone) and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. And avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening sinusitis and potentially rupturing ear drum. If SX persist get CT SCAN OF SINUSES TO R/O polyp ...Read more

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Pregnant with stuffy nose. Will mucinex (guaifenesin) help with stuffy nose. Saline spry does not help me. How long to us mucinex (guaifenesin) for to clear stuffy nose.

Mucinex (guaifenesin) will not but: Mucinex (guaifenesin) will not but Mucinex (guaifenesin) D will help stuffy nose. It is pregnancy category C.There are no adequate and well controlled studies on humans, but potential benefit may warrant use of this drug
Ask your doctor if it is ok to take. It also depends how many weeks you are pregnant
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I have hyperthrophic rhinitus since 2010, so I get stuffy nose ALL the time, preventing me from sleeping long at night. Do I need sleep aids?

I have hyperthrophic rhinitus since 2010, so I get stuffy nose ALL the time, preventing me from sleeping long at night. Do I need sleep aids?

No: You need to consult an ENT doctor to see if you need surgery. Hypertrophy of the nasal structures leads to occlusion of the nasal airway and should be corrected surgically. ...Read more

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How to relieve my two yr old sons cough and stuffy nose? Had to rephrase my last question! No fever or wheezing had symptoms almost 3 weeks now.

How to relieve my two yr old sons cough and stuffy nose? Had to rephrase my last question! No fever or wheezing had symptoms almost 3 weeks now.

Get evaluated: Prolonged cough in children can be caused by a variety of conditions, so physical exam will like be required to determine the cause and treatment. If he is asthmatic, albuterol should be used according to your asthma plan. ...Read more

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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

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