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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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Am thinking of getting neilmed nasogel spray for dry noses. Should i? I use cpap and even with humidifier turned up, i get crusty nose or congestion.

Am thinking of getting neilmed nasogel spray for dry noses. Should i? I use cpap and even with humidifier turned up, i get crusty nose or congestion.

Sprays may help: Saline gels/sprays are often very helpful for dry noses especially for people with sleep apnea who are using cpap. Using a humidifier in the house (especially in the winter) may also be helpful to keep humidity levels up prior to sleep time. ...Read more

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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion? I have no allergies.

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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion?  I have no allergies.

See an allergist: That would help better, although getting a humidifier might help, but momentarily, if you really live in a very dry environment, it would soothe some. Looking for a cause for your symptoms and treating it is useful in the long term, start with your doctor, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Beclometasone dipropionate 50mcg nasal inhaler long term for congestion?

Is it safe to use Beclometasone dipropionate 50mcg nasal inhaler long term for congestion?

Unknown...: Safety data for nasal steroids in most studies were short-term (up to 5.5 years)--with no major adverse effects. The package insert for this medication only states that patients using it longer than several months need periodic exam for changes in nasal mucosa. It also states that a majority of the drug is swallowed during administration but after 1 year, no effect on adrenal function was present. ...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 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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Can i give a 15 month old anything to help her cough and congestion. Use Vicks baby rub and a humidifier but cough keeps her up at night.

Can i give a 15 month old anything to help her cough and congestion.  Use Vicks baby rub and a humidifier but cough keeps her up at night.

Avoid aromas: Any odor can aggravate a cough in a young infant or child. I encourage paents to avoid vicks or similar aroma products until school age, if ever. Proper fluid intake, nasal wash with saline and robitussin are the things we can use at this age. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more


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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more