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Is it a bad idea to use afrin for occasional nasal congestion?

Is it a bad idea to use afrin for occasional nasal congestion?

OK to use: Afrin for occasional nasal congestion is perfectly fine. You can get rebound with sustained use (3-5 days). But it is safe and effective. I use it myself with a cold. It can elevated bp... So just be aware of that as a side effect and it can afffect your sleep. ...Read more

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I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin ain't working what can I do to make these mochos go away?

I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin ain't working what can I do to make these mochos go away?

Probably not: There are many causes for muscle cramps, but given your age and the fact that you're working in heat, my first thought would be dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance. I would go to your primary care physician and report these symptoms. He or she will most likely order some blood work to see how your electrolytes are doing. Needless to say, when you're out working in heat, it's vitally important. ...Read more

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I get nasal congestion almost every night. Is it OK to use the nasal spray of 0.05% oxymetazoline in the morning several times about 3X week?

I get nasal congestion almost every night. Is it OK to use the nasal spray of 0.05% oxymetazoline in the morning several times about 3X week?

Yes: I know about the cautions to minimize the use of oxymetazoline, due to its propensity to result in addiction. However, I also know that it's essential to be able to breath. I've known a number of people who used it for years, due to their chronic allergies. Sure, they were addicted to it, and couldn't breath without it--but it didn't cause them any other problems. It's much safer than steroids ...Read more

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Nasal congestion. Either can't breathe thu my nose or use Afrin and runs like a river for 2 hrs. Anything else I can try? Don't want hooked on Afrin.

Nasal congestion. Either can't breathe thu my nose or use Afrin and runs like a river for 2 hrs. Anything else I can try? Don't want hooked on Afrin.

Fluticasone: Consider a trial of Fluticasone nasal spray. It is a localized steroid nasal spray that decreases the inflammation in your nose and likely the congestion. It is prescription only but I think its cousin is for sale OTC-- Nasacort (triamcinolone). ...Read more

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What causes chronic nasal congestion which responds to afrin but not astelin, flonase, or sinus rinses? Can surgery even work in a case like this?

What causes chronic nasal congestion which responds to afrin but not astelin, flonase, or sinus rinses? Can surgery even work in a case like this?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes severe narrowing of the blood vessels in the nose and thus the effect on decongestion. However prolonged constriction leads to decrease blood supply to the tissue and may lead to permanent damages. The nose also becomes less responsive to afrin (oxymetazoline) with prolonged use. Flonase counteracts inflammation and Astelin is an antihistamine and neither constricts the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! Thank you

Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! Thank you

If your BP is NML: Afrin (oxymetazoline) contains a vasoconstrictor, which is to say that it constricts blood vessels. In women predisposed to this, especially in late pregnancy, it may cause a rise in your bp, that could make your doctor suspicious of developing preeclampsia.

In small amounts it should be safe, but I would suggest you try antihistamines (they sometimes help), and avoid the decongestants for the above reason. ...Read more

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I’ve been using fluticasone propionate and just sprayed 2 sprays in each nostril about 20 minutes ago before I got in bed. I am unable to sleep because I have so much nasal congestion and I can’t breathe great. Can I use Afrin spray in addition?

I’ve been using fluticasone propionate and just sprayed 2 sprays in each nostril about 20 minutes ago before I got in bed. I am unable to sleep because I have so much nasal congestion and I can’t breathe great. Can I use Afrin spray in addition?

Yes you can: But don't exceed recommended dosage / duration, usually not more than few days, till the steroid nasal spray starts to work, also make sure you use the right technique for applying a nasal spray : ' look at your toes while spraying your nose', point towards your ear not your eye, while the sprayer is inside your nose, (e.g. use the left hand to spray the right nostril), and finally sniff gently ...Read more

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Nasal congestion and pressure for two weeks now (happened after having work done on house and cleaning) No drainage at all. Nasonex made me feel more congested after one use only. Doctor gave medrol dose pack 4mg 21 pills and still congested. Any idea?

Nasal congestion and pressure for two weeks now (happened after having work done on house and cleaning) No drainage at all. Nasonex made me feel more congested after one use only. Doctor gave medrol dose pack 4mg 21 pills and still congested. Any idea?

See an ENT: Specialist, they scope the nasal passages, sinuses openings and your throat, and more expert in dealing with such conditions. You may need other treatments / imaging studies. Meanwhile continue with the current treatment and the saline nasal washes, good luck ...Read more

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Have facial pressure on left side of nose and in my head round by my eye, nasal congestion and post nasal drip. It is not a sinus infection. Any ideas?

Have facial pressure on left side of nose and in my head round by my eye, nasal congestion and post nasal drip. It is not a sinus infection. Any ideas?

Likely a sinus issue: These symptoms do sound like a sinus inflammation. The fact that it's unilateral deserves an evaluation by an ent. Allergies or a sinus infection are possibilities, although both of these would usually give bilateral symptoms. May have a polyp etc on one side. I would take over the counter Claritin (loratadine) daily and go see an ENT specialist if it does not resolve after 3 to 5 days. ...Read more

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Protonix (pantoprazole) 4 wks. Still hungry -after eating stomach gurgles- bloat and belching 3 hrs after- feel better when I don't eat-get nasal congestion. Ideas?

Protonix (pantoprazole) 4 wks. Still hungry -after eating stomach gurgles- bloat and belching 3 hrs after- feel better when I don't eat-get nasal congestion. Ideas?

? protonix (pantoprazole): It is a protons pump inhibitors that blocks acid production. People do have increased apetite. See a doctor for nasal congestion and breathlessness. ...Read more

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I have been having stomach ache, nasal congestion, weird burning sensation in my throat, headache, any ideas?

I have been having stomach ache, nasal congestion, weird burning sensation in my throat, headache, any ideas?

Gastric reflux?: Occasionally, gastric reflux can cause stomach pain and throat burning and can even cause chronic non-allergic rhinitis (primary symptom being nasal congestion). In this scenario, a headache could be due to sinus pressure or, if the nasal congestion causes snoring/apnea, periods of low oxygen while sleeping. ...Read more

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How to treat bad odour coming from the nose? I have nasal congestion.

How to treat bad odour coming from the nose? I have nasal congestion.

Infection?: It appears that you may have a sinus infection and you need to consult your doctor to get this treated. If you were much older, I would have include atrophic rhinitis as a potential cause. ...Read more

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I Am Pregnant & Currently Have Nasal Congestion & A Bad Cough How Can I treat?

I Am Pregnant & Currently Have Nasal Congestion & A Bad Cough How Can I treat?

Options: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has temp of 99-100 with nasal congestion and occasional retractions and heaving breathing. Does she have pneumonia again?

My 3 month old has temp of 99-100 with nasal congestion and occasional retractions and heaving breathing. Does she have pneumonia again?

Possibly: Those are concerning symptoms in a 3month old patient. Pneumonia is one possibility but there are others. These include a viral respiratory illness that is causing wheezing or inflammation in the baby. Regardless these are symptoms that need evaluated immediately either by your physician or local emergency room. It should not wait till tomorrow. ...Read more

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My boyfriend isn't sick but he has really bad nasal congestion with snoring, what can he do to get rid of it?

My boyfriend isn't sick but he has really bad nasal congestion with snoring, what can he do to get rid of it?

See his MD or ENT: Make an appt to see his md who will do several things....Discuss potential allergens, physically inspect his nose and throat for abnormalities, and possibly recommend a sleep study to check for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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My allergies have gotten really bad (nasal congestion) since hitting perimenopause, what can I do outside of traditional choices?

My allergies have gotten really bad (nasal congestion) since hitting perimenopause, what can I do outside of traditional choices?

If it really is: Allergies you may want to consider having a blood test to identify which are allergic to and find a doctor that does sublingual therapy. ...Read more

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For past week had really bad nasal congestion I wake up at night and have difficulty breathing what could be the cause?

A cold: You may just be having a common cold. However if the problem persists beyond 10 days, there is a good chance that your cold is complicated by a sinus infection. You try a topical nasal decongestant at night for a few days to see if it helps. ...Read more

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Me and my 7 year old have a bad cough nasal congestion and headache, since she was exposed to flu do u think we are getting it?

Me and my 7 year old have a bad cough nasal congestion and headache, since she was exposed to flu do u think we are getting it?

Possibly: But can't be sure. Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. ...Read more

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Symptoms: nasal congestion and very bad smell from nose, no sinusitis but enlarged turbinates. Could surgery help eliminate the smell?

Not sure: Turbinate surgery is performed by a variety of techniques to improve breathing and I am not sure the odor would disappear. You need a nasal endoscopy to rule out an infection in the nose. If you already have had such a procedure and everything was normal and sinus disease has been ruled out, think of high reflux of gastric acid, so called LPR (laryngo-pharyngeal reflux). ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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49 year old with serious nasal congestion, really bad when lying down. Have had this problem for a while?

49 year old with serious nasal congestion, really bad when lying down. Have had this problem for a while?

Seek treatment: Infection can cause congestion as well as bad allergies. There are medicines for both. We have many different medications for severe nasal allergies so see your doctor to know what treatment would be right for you. When you lie down the pressure in the veins of your nasal passages is higher and the congestion is usually worse. That is normal. ...Read more

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3 mo oLD son has a cough, nasal congestion and red cheeks. No fever. What can I do? Will bring up clear pphlegm and gags during couth occasionally

3 mo oLD son has a cough, nasal congestion and red cheeks. No fever. What can I do? Will bring up clear pphlegm and gags during couth occasionally

Cough: It's time to see your doctor. A 3 month old with cough and congestion needs a thorough evaluation from a doctor to make sure all is well. Yourcdoctorvsgsin advise you about how to help your child. I hesitate to give you any more advice until you see your doctor. Go! ...Read more

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I've had bad nasal congestion and laryngitis. Now I am having pain under my right eye. Could this be caused by the sinus congestion?

I've had bad nasal congestion and laryngitis. Now I am having pain under my right eye. Could this be caused by the sinus congestion?

See doctor: You need to see a doctor to get examined. Since your description is not detailed enough, it is hard to even guess what the cause may be since it may just be from a cold but a sinus infection should be considered as well. ...Read more

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My allergies have spontaneously gotten very bad including intense nasal congestion for 5 days and waking up with crusty eyes, and nasal discharge?

My allergies have spontaneously gotten very bad including intense nasal congestion for 5 days and waking up with crusty eyes, and nasal discharge?

What's your question: Go see your Family Doc if over-the-counter allergy medications aren't enough to control your symptoms. Of course, try to figure out what's changed. Weather? Pollen season? Trees & flowers in bloom? Mold w/humidifier use? New foods? Failing that, your Family Doc can evaluate you & offer prescription options. If that doesn't work, s/he can refer to an Allergist for further testing. Maybe allergy sho ...Read more

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28 weeks pregnant and I think I mite have really bad nasal congestion. I can't find anything that help with keeping my nose unclogged, is worst a sleep?

28 weeks pregnant and I think I mite have really bad nasal congestion. I can't find anything that help with keeping my nose unclogged, is worst a sleep?

SWELLING: FAR ALONG PREGNANT YOUR MUCOSA IN THE SINUS SWELL UP BAD, ESPECIALLY YOU USE TOO MUCH NASAL SPRAY AND BLOW TOO MUCH
ONE MAGIC CURE IS TO DO EXERCISE EVERY 5-15 MINUTES OF SUCKING YOUR NOSE-IN STEAD OF BLOW
AFTER FEW HOURS OR EVEN FEW DAYS YOU CAN BREATH AGAIN BECAUSE YOU SUCK THE BLOOD BACK INTO THE HEART, THE MUCOSA SWELLING GONE AND YOU CAN BREATH AGAIN GOOD LUCK ...Read more

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I had a 2 day fever and I've been having bad cough and nasal congestion since friday, my period was due yesterday. Can illness delay your period?

I had a 2 day fever and I've been having bad cough and nasal congestion since friday, my period was due yesterday. Can illness delay your period?

Stress of any kind: Infection is stress and it sounds like you have the start of one-any stress emotional or physican can mess around with your hormones and potentially delay it, but if you are sexually active then you have to think about pregnancy too. I would wait a few days before checking a pregnancy test bcause your period may still come. ...Read more

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Bad allergies (nasal congestion/itchy eyes/etc) with no relief from daily claritind. What are other options? (shots? Prescriptions? Anything else?)

Bad allergies (nasal congestion/itchy eyes/etc) with no relief from daily claritind. What are other options? (shots? Prescriptions? Anything else?)

Dietary will help: Making sure to hydrate well and cutting out sugars, dairy, sodas, processed foods, desserts will reduce phlegm production. Cut out tobacco, as that can be contributory too. There are eye drops that help reduce allergies but you must see your eye doctor first. Cool compresses are also useful over eyes. ...Read more

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