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How To Avoid Nose Block
Maybe sinusitis: You may have sinusitis, which is an inflammation and subsequent blocking of the nasal passages. This can be caused by allergies, irritants, structural problems or infections (both viral and bacterial). See your primary care physician, who can direct you in the correct treatment. He/she may also send you to an allergist or ENT for further testing and treatment or surgery. ...Read more
Try a decongestant: You may want to try a decongestant (orally or nasal spray) to help you breathe better. This can help decrease the swelling in your nose related to your cold. Be aware that the oral decongestant may increase your heart rate or blood pressure so if you have high blood pressure or heart issues, you should avoid this. Saline nasal sprays or nasal irrigation may be helpful as well. ...Read more
Nasal congestion : How old is joelle? For kids, you can irrigate the nose with saline. Make your own by adding 1 qt of water to 1 tsp salt and irrigate the nose with 20 to 50 cc of salt water. You can try an over the counter decongestant for kids. If an adult, you can use sudafed 1 to 2 tabs 3 times a day. You can try topical decongestants like afrin (oxymetazoline) or neosinephrine for only 3 days. Any longer you will get hooked. ...Read more
Nasal Obstruction: Nasal obstruction is one of the most common symptoms. There can be many causes including medical (allergic, hormonal, etc) as well as structural (septal deviation, turbinate hypertrophy, valve dysfunction). Typically fixed nasal obstruction is anatomic and fluctuating obstruction is medical in nature. An examination by a nasal expert can help find possible causes of your nasal obstruction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If getting in a...: Steamy shower opens the blockage completely on both sides, you probably would find relief from a steroid or antihistamine nasal spray which are both prescription medications in the us. If one or both sides are always blocked you probably have a mechanical obstruction that will need to be looked at by a nose surgeon. ...Read more
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