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How To Get Rid Of Nasal Congestion And Runny Nose
This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more
This may help.: Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. Afrin is quite strong but can only be used briefly. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Over-the-counter saline sprays, over-the-counter Pseudoephedrine decongestants, prescription nasal steroids, or other nasal medications such as astelin. If these are partially due to allergies, then over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines may help. Increasing humidity in the room can also help. ...Read more
I need an over-the-counter medicine that will get rid of nasal congestion for 6 hours or so (maybe reapplication in between)?
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Oxymetazolin is an over the counter nasal spray that will open the nose for up to 12hours. However, it can be habit forming and in the long run can stop working. It can affect the nose in such a way that no other spray will work and you will end up needing surgery. That is why this spray 'afrin' should never be used more than 3 consecutive days. You can use sudafed pill which is not habit forming. ...Read more
My nasal congestion wont go away, when i cough i spit green mucous, but i don't feel a cold at all. What is it? How can I get rid of congestion nasal?
Sinus infection?: You may have a sinus infection and your doctor should be able to help you with that in addition to finding out the cause for your constant nasal congestion. ...Read more
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
Need diagnosis: I truly enjoy answering questions on health tap. As an ENT I am impressed by the number of questions that focus on quick fixes for the person's symptoms. I can not emphasize enough the need for an accurate diagnosis. Most physicians treat diseases, not symptoms. Having said this, you need to rule out nasal allergy, sinusitis with or without nasal polyposis. Reflux is a remote possibility. ...Read more
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?
Yes, usually: Nasal congestion and runny nose can be a symptom of many disorders. If the underlying problem is allergies, nasal steroid sprays are very effective and antihistamines help. If symptoms are from a cold, it will just take time. If symptoms are from sinus infection, then antibiotics will be useful. If symptoms are related to pregnancy, they will resolve when the baby is born. ...Read more
I am experiencing an inflamed ear lobe. The following also describe me: Nasal congestion and Runny nose. What should I do?
Allergy or a cold?: The ear problem is likely a separate issue but you nasal symptoms can be from a cold (if lasting just a few days), allergies, or even vasomotor rhinitis- can't tell given the lack of details. If you have a cold, using a nasal decongestant spray for 3-5 days may be ok. If you have allergies, a nasal steroid would work better. As for your earlobe, it may be from an infection or a contact irritant. ...Read more
Several possibilitie: This could represent a common cold, bronchitis, allergies or even pneumonia. For definitive diagnosis and treatment, you need to see your doctor. Without a fever, this likely has a viral etiology so antibiotics may not be necessary or helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Honestly, I'm quite worried. Even my doctor can't find the problem. I have nasal congestion and runny nose and severe headache.But no other symptoms. ?
My 3 months baby may caught what I have, sore throat. She has a temperature of 98.6, nasal congestion and runny nose, sneezing and coughing.what to do
Treat the symptoms: It is difficult to protect your baby from common viruses and when they do become ill, it is not recommended to use any cold/cough medicine like an adult might use. I would watch carefully for fever, use the blue bulb suction to help clear mucous from her nose and make sure she is getting plenty to eat/drink. You can run a humididifier by her bedside to help aid in breathing and mucous clearing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 3 months baby may caught what I have, sore throat. She has a temperature of 98.6, nasal congestion and runny nose, sneezing and coughing.what to do?
Symptomatic care: It sounds like your baby may have caught your cold. Treatment at this age is aimed at helping the baby feel better - saline drops in nose, humidifier, bulb suction of secretions if necessary. Monitor for fever or increasing symptoms. If you are concerned that the baby is not acting normally or having any difficulty breathing, see the pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For 2 weeks now have had bad nasal congestion, post nasal drip, constant runny nose. Very bad congestion & nasal drip won't go away. What to do?
Sinus: I suspect this started like an ordinary cold but at this point you may have a sinus infection. Contact your doctor for a more in-depth evaluation since a number of questions need to be answered. Allergy is unlikely at this time of year if you haven't had it before. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a runny nose and nasal congestion, don't feel well but no other symptoms other then that, unprotexted sex 2 weeks ago csn this be HIV?
See below: It is not possible to say if you have HIV infection, though the risk is low. You may get a HIV nucleic acid test now and if it is negative repeat it in six months. A negative HIV nucleic acid test at 6 months after exposure would rule out HIV from that exposure. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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