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How To Avoid Nose Block
Easiest way to stop using phenylephrine nasal spray, and is there anything i can use to ease the transistion? My nasal passages swell close. Fyi
Dust mite covers: There are covers that one can buy that specifically seal dust mites in bedding. For cleaning, wet dust don't dry dust, use a hepa filter in the vacuum cleaner. ...Read more
Tips on how to use a nasal steroid correctly so it can help shrink my nasal turbinates so head pressure can leave?
Are you pregnant?: Oral steroids are often far more effective in reducing size of most polyps quickly, but there are relative safety concerns with pregnancy (listed here as a condition) that have to be considered case by case. Other meds like Singulair (montelukast) can be helpful in situations. Often, use of an inhaler with rubber nipple attached (nasally) more effective than typical nose spray. Don't forget thesaline irrigation ...Read more
Should I use otrivine nasal spray and sudafed Pseudoephedrine prior to my flight to try and prevent sinus barotrauma? Will this do the trick?
May help: This combination may be helpful in keeping your nasal and sinus openings more patent if you have problem with nasal congestion. However without knowing whether there are other issues such as the size of the sinus openings etc, it is impossible to tell. ...Read more
How long after spraying Flonase is it ok to blow my nose as I want to maximize the benefit of the spray?
Answer obvious: I did a head slap on this one. Blow the nose completely just BEFORE the nasal spray. Seriously, junk in the nose gums up the drug and prevents/slows absorption (wow, I actually only realized this on reading the literature). Otherwise 1 hr is a LONG time and 30 minutes is probably plenty. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22356350 (just look at the pictures, the PEAK of the curve is FAST). ...Read more
How long does it take peanut dust to settle from the air? We need the dust to fully settle so we can clean the room and prevent an allergic reaction.
What dust?: What kind of a room are you talking about. There shouldn't be dust in the air after the surfaces are cleaned, unless you're in a peanut butter factory or something. Use a basic hepafilter vacuum, clean the room surfaces with cleaning wipes, and you should be ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: First we need to find out what causes the nasal congestion before we can treat it. Having said that , it is likely that your problem is from allergies. Nasal steroid often works. If not, consult an allergist. ...Read more
What is the best way to treat congestion from a cold? Do nasal sprays help? Can you take nasal spray with SSRI's?
How much water: The recommend amount of water to maintain health is up to 8 glasses of water.Not sure if that will help sinuses. Most important form of water really is increasing humidification of your surroundings such as a vaporizer/humidifier; warm compresses to your face , Hot showers should help thin some of the mucus. Last is to use nasal saline spray on a regular basis to really help loosen the congesti ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you die from tonsillitis and how fast does it take tonsils to sweet to the point when they would block your airway?
Rarely: Only if tonsillitis leads to a peritonsillar abscess which then could rarely progress into the carotid sheath and infect the carotid artery or the jugular vein. Another scenario would be the development of a retro-pharyngeal abscess that could progress into the mediastinum and cause a fatal pneumonia. These complications of tonsillitis are rare but possible. ...Read more
Nasal veins.: Nasal veins are a very common problem and there are many causes including genetics, sun exposure, stress, smoking, hormones and sometimes the cause is never known. The best ways to avoid nasal veins is to avoid things that can cause them such as un and smoking. There causes may not be avoidable such as genetics. Nasal veins can be treated by topical laser, sclerotherapy and thermolysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im alergic to the outdoors can I open the windows? So its important to open the windows sometimes how can I do that?
Just prepare: If allergic to outdoor allergens (pollen, mold), when exposed you likely will have to deal with symptoms of allergy. A variety of over the counter medications are available to help you deal with the consequences. However, one can choose to be immunized with allergy shots if it is important to function outdoors (law enforcement, landscaper, builder) without need for medication and side effects. ...Read more
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How is nerve block administered? And how long before able to get up and down stairs with crutches?
Surprising question: Generally the clinician who recommends a nerve block will explain what it is. There are many ways but most commonly medicine that stops conduction along the nerve is injected around the nerve. Generally, limited discomfort in the procedure. Effects of the block are often difficult to predict and usually it is being offered as a trial, at least at first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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