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Could anxiety or stress contribute to nasal congestions?

Could anxiety or stress contribute to nasal congestions?

Nasal Congestion: Not likely the anxiety is the causew. Might be related to drying effect of the medication you are prescribed. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress and hyperventilation cause nasal congestion?

Can stress and hyperventilation cause nasal congestion?

Yes: Emotional stress is a common trigger for non-allergic rhinitis. If this is a short term problem, taking 1 Sudafed should help; but if occurring frequently or if you have recurrent sinus infections, then you need to be evaluated by a physician (usually an Allergist) to discuss options. ...Read more

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I have turbinate hypertrophy without allergy I took Otrivin for 2 days only. Will the congestion appear again? Do stress and food allergy cause it?

I have turbinate hypertrophy without allergy I took Otrivin for 2 days only. Will the congestion appear again? Do stress and food allergy cause it?

Turbinates: Enlarged turbinates can occur from a virus, allergies or in some people they can be large without any cause. Treatment has to do with the cause. If its allergic then antihistamines and nasal sprays work: viral then decongestants work (for two to three ays), if large for no reason and you are blocked, then surgery ...Read more

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Can high cortisol levels due to prolonged stress cause swollen turbinates or nasal congestion?

Can high cortisol levels due to prolonged stress cause swollen turbinates or nasal congestion?

Sress link to all: Free can cause nasal congestion not swollen turbinatesbut work on stress without medication and see you get better. YOGA, meditate ...Read more

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Do consistent nose block means less oxygen in the brain and body? Does stress leads to nose congestion in all people?

No: No, nasal blockage or chronic nasal congestion does not lead to less oxygen in the brain.

Stress may be a factor but likely not the main factor in nasal congestion ...Read more

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Doc said he heard light heart mumer do have flu bad chest congestion no fever he said prob cause im sick had nuclear stress test 6 monthd ago normal?

Doc said he heard light heart mumer do have flu bad chest congestion no fever he said prob cause im sick had nuclear stress test 6 monthd ago normal?

Benign Murmur: Likely to be a benign murmur... These are murmurs produced by blood flow across the valves when the valves are normal. It can happen during growth (younger days of life - such as teen age years) or pregnancy and other illness (flu, anemia etc.,) have a follow up in a few months to see if the murmur is changing in intensity. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture temporary or permanent solution? (for: atopic dermatitis, stress, allergies, nasal congestion)

Is acupuncture temporary or permanent solution? (for: atopic dermatitis, stress, allergies, nasal congestion)

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a skill and some acupuncturists are truly better at their trade than others. In good hands, and coupled with chinese herbals, a patient can have really good relief from most any type of condition. The symptoms you describe, however, sound like a combination of food and environmental allergies. You may want to consider eliminating cows milk and wheat from your diet too. ...Read more

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Have hep "C" & Cirrosis chronic ystomach aches & esophageal congestion up to throat. Is this due from chronic liver disease or stress?

Have hep "C" & Cirrosis chronic ystomach aches & esophageal congestion up to throat. Is this due from chronic liver disease or stress?

Stress: Both of these may be playing a role, but the cirrhosis is far more important. Hopefully you are seeing a liver expert and having this dealt with expeditiously. ...Read more

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Have high blood pressure, on amlodipine and levothyroxine. Feeling chest pain/congestion around heart especiallly when stressed. Best way2 calm down?

Blood pressure: Need to be sure your thyroid levels are normal on your lt4. Learning meditation is a good way to calm down. A start is consciously slowing your breathing down and telling yourself slowly to breath in, then out slowly. This is a first step to learning to bring yourself down. ...Read more

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I had anterior cervical discectomy psurgery in 2011. I am experiencing very irritating throat congestion. Could there be a connection?

I had anterior cervical discectomy psurgery in 2011. I am experiencing very irritating throat congestion. Could there be a connection?

Unlikely if there: Has been no symptoms until recently unless you had instrumentation placed and it has displaced suggesting a non healing of bone or psuedoarthosis. A small percentage of post op patients can experience hoarseness &/or swallowing issues but most are very transient and have a higher risk of occurring with more extensive procedures and ones involving disc levels at c4-5 or higher. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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I s there any thing like testicular congestion or spermatic cord congestion? I f yes, then what are the reasons, why this happened?

I s there any thing like testicular congestion or spermatic cord congestion? I f yes, then what are the reasons, why this happened?

Los hue os: Yes. In old days named " blue balls". In women pelvic congestion. Occurs when much sexual arousal and no action. Masturbation could relieve it- it's simple manual test. In victorian era when sex was frowned on, doctors actually masrurbated women for relief- hopefully in professional manner, (bet insurance doesn't cover it. If history not above consult urologist. ...Read more

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Can steam rooms cause congestion?

Can steam rooms cause congestion?

Steam.: Breathing in steam, from a steam room or otherwise, can actually help relieve nasal and sinus congestion by thinning out the congestion and facilitating its drainage. ...Read more

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What causes congestion when lying down?

What causes congestion when lying down?

Normal: Up to 70% of the population has the nasal cycle which is alternating congestion as a result of changes in blood flow through the nasal tissues. When we lay down there is an increase in nasal blood flow so that there is about a 20% increase in tissue thickness which will narrow the nasal airway. ...Read more

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Where can you put Vicks for congestion?

Where can you put Vicks for congestion?

Where the aroma...: People who use the Vicks menthol rub usually put a little where the aroma of menthol can mix with the air breathed in through the nose (which would mean on the upper lip or upper chest), to lessen the sensation of congestion. In recent years, people have moved away from using menthol this way because the ingredients can be irritating or harmful to children. ...Read more

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What causes congestion on a flight?

A couple of things: Pain can be caused by change in air pressure upon ascent & descent. Another cause may be dry, recirculated air. ...Read more

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How does asphyxia cause congestion?

Hypoxia: In asphyxia, hypoxia develops which causes inflammation and lack of oxygen even to the heart muscles, the beating gets weaker, and the blood stagnates in the lungs and that is the cause of pulmonary congestion or edema. ...Read more

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How do you use saline for congestion?

How do you use saline for congestion?

Saline drops: Nasal saline drops. Put 2-3 drops in each nostrils and use a nasal suction to suction the nostril after a few seconds. You can also use saline in nebulizer too. (use saline designed for inhalation). ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby has congestion?

What can I do if my baby has congestion?

? age?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more

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