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Is There A Nose Spray To Heal A Bloody Nose
Catch 22. Got lots of nasal drip from a cold but every time I blow my nose (even softly) a nostril scab tears& my nose bleeds. To blow or not to blow?
Lubricate: Use a dab of vaseline or Aquaphor or KY jelly twice a day inside your nose. You can use Afrin [the generic oxymetazoline is same] for a few days, not more than a few. You can also snuff some water [usually salted water] up your nose and suck it in to clear out mucous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Saline too drying?: Saline nasal sprays usually have a salt content equal to our body's tissues and can provide much needed moisture. However, if the lining of the nose is inflamed & sensitive, saline can be irritating and make it feel even drier. Occasionally doctors prescribe Hypertonic Saline with a salt content greater than the body's tissues; in some, this higher salt content could "dehydrate" the nasal lining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosis first: Finding out the reason for the sore throat/stuffy nose is important. The two conditions may or may not be related. Allergies can cause a stuffed nose but usually not a sore throat. You can try over the counter cold/flu medicines to see if you get relief but if the condition persists for more than a couple of weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it safe to spray throat anesthetic into your nose or is there a anesthetic spray for the nose? Thanks.
Caution: Most throat anesthetics contain a local anesthetic (la) that is absorbed by the mucous membranes. There are more mucous membranes in the nasal passages, so there can be an increased amount of la absorbed into the blood stream, and so more side effects. I would suggest talking to your local doctor to discuss your needs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic blocked nose in right nostril and only way to clear is medicated decongestant. Maybe a polyp?
See a doctor: Impossible to make this diagnosis over the internet. See your family doctor or ent. ...Read more
Yes: A sinus infection occurs when bacteria (most commonly) grow and create pain/pressure in one of the sinuses. Many times, one of the ostia, the openings from the sinus into the nasal passages get plugged up for various reasons without typical sinsus symptoms. Recently had a patient with severe sinusitis whose only symptom was a bad cough. Otherwise felt fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to properly use a nasal steroid spray for a swollen nose. And why is my left nose middle septum red well the whole nose is red?
Aim away from septum: Intranasal steroid sprays are the most effective medication treatment for seasonal and year round allergies. The spray tip should be aimed "away" from the nasal septum to help decrease the risk of nose bleeds. The opposite nostril is plugged and when the sprayed, a gentle sniff in. Using a nasal steroid spray will make the nasal membranes appear red. ...Read more
I have a runny nose with yellow mucus is this a infection or a virus sore nose and throat too treatments?
Probably a virus: Almost all nasal infections that lead to yellow mucus begin as viral infections. If you've only been sick for a day or two it is most certainly a virus at this point and should improve over the next week. If after 7 to 10 days you're no better or worse then the possibility of bacterial superinfection becomes greater. At that point antibiotics may be needed. For now hydration, tylenol (acetaminophen) and rest. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a sinus infection or sinus pressure without having a runny nose/ clogged nose?
Yes: The infection could be present without nasal discharge if enough blockage is present in the sinus outlets or nasal passages. This would usually cause discomfort in the area of the infected sinus and result in forehead or cheek pressure/pain. ...Read more
Saline & bulb syring: Saline "little noses" nasal drops and a blue rubber bulb syringe generally do the trick. For the rare significantly blocked nose, one drop of afrin and wait 20 minutes, then try the saline and bulb syringe. Don't use afrin more than twice a day, and not for more than 3 days. This should be done rarely. If you use it too much it will stuff up the baby's nose. ...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 A.M. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. ...Read more
See a doctor: The best way to do is to see your doctor to get proper diagnosis and treatment. Common cold or viral rhinitis, bacterial infection or allergic rhinosinustis can cause similar presentations. A more detailed history and physical examinations are needed. You can try otc cold/sinus/allergies medications but if it does not work, you need a different treatment by your doctors. ...Read more
Is it possible for a nonmedicated saline nasal spray to get stuck in the nasal cavity and cause of ear infection in a five-year-old?
Ear infection causes: Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses. Noses are full of bacteria anyway. Saline rinses away a few bacteria; if the bottle is dirty, saline may add a few bacteria to the nose, but they won't often travel to the ear because the Eustachian tube is a tiny passage, esp in children. Droplets of water sprayed in nose are only in the nose a few minutes. Squeeze bottle irrigation CAN hurt ears. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Huh?: As an ent, I have never heard of a peripheral nasal cannula to stop nosebleeds. I am assuming you are referring to some type of nasal packing. Usually there is a string or something attached if it needs to be removed, but might not have anything for you to see. You should see the doctor who put it in for the correct followup. You may not be able to see it. ...Read more
Probably: You are probably a nasal staphylococcus aureus carrier (as is 25% of the population). You probably have a superficial nasal infection. If it persists you may need treatment with topical Mupirocin ointment or oral antibiotic treatment. An alternative explanation would be that you have allergic rhinitis that needs treatment with antihistamines or topical corticosteroid sprays. See your md prn. ...Read more
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