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How To Stop A Stuffy Nose
Here's some guidance: Blocked nasal passages can be from a mechanical obstruction or the lack of sensed airflow. Examples of an obstruction include a septal deviation, enlarged turbinates, excessive mucus production like during a cold or from allergies, or nasal sidewall collapse. Your nose may not sense airflow from too much swelling, trauma, or prior nasal surgery. A good start is to see an ENT to perform an exam. ...Read more
It depends: If you have a cold, you can try a nose spray such as afrin for 2-3 days or an antihistamine. If you suffer from chronic allergies, an antihistamine (like loratadine, generic for claritin) may also be helpful. You can also use prescription nasal sprays with steroids or atrovent. Some people may benefit from doing nasal irrigation with a netipot. ...Read more
See doctor: If the problem lasts for more than a few weeks or is getting worse, see your doctor. ...Read more
I have a stuffy nose. Every time i walk it goes away alot.But as soon as i stop or sit the stuffy nose comes back. How can I make it stay. I?
It depends: If your symptoms are a cold, you will improve in 7 to 10 days. You should just take otc nasal decongestants and wait for improvement. If you have allergies there are several otc allergy meds available. Some examples are Loratadine (claritin), fexofenadine (allegra), and Cetirizine (zyrtec). Taking one of these every day might help. If it doesn't, see your doctor. ...Read more
Diagnosed with strep n sinusitis. Everytime i blow my nose balls of blood comes out. I cnt stop blowin my nose. Stuffy nose cause short breath.
See an ENT: This sounds potentially serious. Go asap.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm pregnant and have stuffy nose/postnasal drip so i stop breathing for a few seconds every time i clear my nose, etc. What is the impact on the baby?
Not expected: Nasal stuffiness has not been known to affect the fetus but you are obviously miserable. See an allergist to find out if you may just have vasomotor rhinitis of pregnancy (considered hormone related) or an allergic issue. I don't expect antihistamine helping the congestion but the post-nasal drips may improve. Congrats. ...Read more
I use an nasal spray 3-4 times for 5 days because I had stuffy nose caused by sinusitis. Now it's like I have "ciggarette addiction"? How to stop this
Rebound congestion: Over the counter nasal decongestant sprays (Rhinocort Aq being an exception) can cause troubling rebound congestion and should only be used sparingly for a very short period of time. Recovery involves complete discontinuation of the spray, and waiting for the tissues of the nose to return to normal. Hopefully one of our ENT doctors will chime in if there are prescriptions available to help! ...Read more
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
My daughter has swollen tonsils & a stuffy nose. It causes her to snore & occasionally stop breathing. Could it be caused by a milk allergy?
Cold/Allergy: Common condition for a 3 yr. When get cold, there is nasal blockage due to swelling; sectetion make passage narrow, rubbing make worse. Child starts mouth breathing which causes dry mouth, tonsil involvement, snoring, sleep problem. Put saline nasal spray, blow nose gently, drink enough fluid. If too much runny nose: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 1 teaspoonful x2/d. Milk can make more mucous, avoid for a week. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had throat constriction, coughing and stuffy nose with sore tonsils. Everything is gone but now I have an itch in my throat and cant stop coughing?
UpperRespiratoryInfx: Symptoms of upper respiratory infection aka common cold can last several weeks. Recent study concluded that average cough lasts 18d. In other words, as long as you're getting better, you're getting better, right? However, you should see your Family Doc if symptoms persist or get worse. ...Read more
I have ms. I have a stuffy nose, non-stop cough, my ears are popping, cracking, and when i hiccup or sneeze, they shoot a piercing pain.
Swelling & mucus: A nose gets stuffy because the inside lining (the mucosa) of the nose swells up, blocking the air flow. The lining also oozes mucus, which blocks airflow even more. Stuffy noses can happen with colds, with allergies, or sometimes with no apparent reason. Blowing one's nose pushes the mucus out, but the swelling would still remain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: If acute then sudafed or brief afrin for 3 days. If allergic then topical spray steroids, antihistamine with decongestant, or singulair (montelukast). If polyps or structural then may need surgery. If metabolic such as hypothyroidism then treatment for the disorder. If from meds then stop or change them. See ENT for complete evaluation. ...Read more
decongestan: Natural ways to improve nasal congestion include nasal saline wash and neti pots. Over the counter options include phenylephrine containing sprays, afrin nasal spray, and other oral decongestants. You may also find relief from allergy medication. Seek the advice of your primary care doctor to figure out the best option. ...Read more
Water, water: Drink lots of water. Breathe steam [easy: make a cup of tea and inhale the steam]. Try salt water nose rinses [spray, bottle like neilmed, or neti pot]. Consider over the counter decongestants. Figure out *why* your nose is stuffy: infection? Allergies? Good luck. Hope you can breathe easily soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A neti pot 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. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. Consider use. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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