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Is it safe to use a humidifier for my nasal congestions?

Is it safe to use a humidifier for my nasal congestions?

Yes: This is safe to do. Make sure the humidifier is clean and make sure you use fresh water that is changed frequently. ...Read more

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Humidifier (Definition)

Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you ...Read more


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Is Ocean Saline Nasal Spray safe to use during pregnancy for nasal congestion? And can I use it for a long period of time? Thanks!

Is Ocean Saline Nasal Spray safe to use during pregnancy for nasal congestion? And can I use it for a long period of time?

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Yes : In general ocean nasal saline is safe for everybody even pregnant women. The only exception is if you have Bacteria or fungus growing in the bottle usual recommendation is to throw away the Ocean bottle after four days ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to use saline nasal spray for a six week baby?

Is it safe to use saline nasal spray for a six week baby?

Yes: I use it from birth forward, as long as baby needs it to clear their nasal passages. ...Read more

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The doctor gave me lortab syrup for a cough. Is it safe to use Afrin nose spray with it?

The doctor gave me lortab syrup for a cough. Is it safe to use Afrin nose spray with it?

Afrin and cough.: Afrin (oxymetazoline) doesn't make you sick longer, but it does feel like it. Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes something called "rhinitis medicamentosa" which makes you continually stuffy in the nose even though your sinuses are clearing. The end result is that you still feel sick even though you're improving. It's a medication effect unique to Afrin (oxymetazoline). So don't bother with the Afrin ...Read more

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Is it okay for my Flonase spray to hit my middle nose septum if it's red or swollen or is it just best to use a saline spray to help with that..

Is it okay for my Flonase spray to hit my middle nose septum if it's red or swollen or is it just best to use a saline spray to help with that..

Ideally, no.: Please read the package insert provided with the medication. The spray should not be sprayed toward the midline, the anatomic location of the nasal septum. Spray should be directed in an outward direction (i.e. about 30 degrees from the midline OR toward the outer corner of the eye). This avoids spraying the medication on the septum. ...Read more

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Is a saline nasal spray safe to use with asthma and allergies? Thanks.

Is a saline nasal spray safe to use with asthma and allergies? Thanks.

Absolutely: Saline irrigation of the nose is safe and effective. I encourage all my nasal allergy patients to rinse their nose. There are also non=allergic forms of nasal disease as well as chronic sinusitis, where nasal irrigation is crucial. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to use a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride nightly?

Why is it bad to use a nasal spray with oxymetazoline hydrochloride nightly?

Tachyphylaxis: Basically your nose will become desentized to the effect of the oxymetazoline. If you use beyond the recommend time (3-5 days), your nose will upregulate receptors for it and require more and more for the same effect. There are better options for nightly nasal stuffiness and simple in-office procedures can be a permanent solution for you - see your local ent. ...Read more

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Can I use rhinocort nasal spray when pregnant for a stuffynose? How long does it take to clear up a stuffy nose with rhinocort?

Can I use rhinocort nasal spray when pregnant for a stuffynose? How long does it take to clear up a stuffy nose with rhinocort?

Yes: Yes you can use Rhinocort but I would have you discuss this with your obstetrician as well. Some providers are not comfortable with certain med use for their pregnant patients. Remember that a stuffy nose can linger during pregnancy because your immune system is altered when pregnant. ...Read more

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What if I use a electronic cigarette without the liquid containing irritants, is it a good idea for steam inhalation to decongest nose and lungs ?

What if I use a electronic cigarette without the liquid containing irritants, is it a good idea for steam inhalation to decongest nose and lungs ?

What is it you are: Going to volatilize if you are not using the liquid provided for the e-cigarette? There are versions that essentially give you water vapor. The problem is that nobody has studied the effects of the propylene glycol that is used as a propellant, or whatever preservatives, additives, flavorings etc. That are in these. If you are not using a cartridge, am not sure you can even activate the device. ...Read more

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Why is it recommended to use a humidifier while treating a sore throat?

 Why is it recommended to use a humidifier while treating a sore throat?

Depends: During breathing,air approaches 100% humidity to easily pass oxygen into our lungs. It does that by extracting moisture from the nasal/oral airway on it's way in and loses some moisture on the way out.Dry air itself can cause a sore throat, so using a humidifier can help reduce the drying effect this has on your airway.It is more important in dry arid areas than moist humid ones. ...Read more

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What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

Both: A vaporizer or humidifier are interchangeable, in that they both produce extra moisture to help keep the secretions in the throat moist so they can be removed more easily from the throat. ...Read more

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I have albuterol liquid for the nebulizer but it is expired for about a 1yr or 2 is it safe to use still?

I have albuterol liquid for the nebulizer but it is expired for about a 1yr or 2 is it safe to use still?

Maybe: Even though the label shows expired it is possible that the medicine may still be good espicially if you kept it closed tight in cool environment. If it looks discolored, smells, or tastes bad, discard. ...Read more

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