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Doctor insights on: Nasal Decongestion That Doesn't Cause Insomnia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Went to doctor he told me I had upper resp infection aka cold gave me cough syrup and nasal decongestant. At night I am havin trouble sleeping can't sleep unless I prop my self up on the couch cause it feels like something is caught in throat. Now the

Went to doctor he told me I had upper resp infection aka cold gave me cough syrup and nasal decongestant. At night I am havin trouble sleeping can't sleep unless I prop my self up on the couch cause it feels like something is caught in throat. Now the

Visit: Visit your doctor and look for these things:
- reflux disease
- sleep apnea or other sleep disorders
- asthma, cough variant asthma
- possible chf
i would start with complete pulmonary function tests, cxr, and then a sleep study with empirical treatment for reflux disease for a few weeks. If you smoke or consume alcohol, I strongly recommend to stop these.

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What is it? I have nasal congestion (stuffiness), nasal drainage, insomnia, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep), sinus pain, body aches and cough (worsened by: lying down, at night) (quality: with phlegm or

What is it? I have nasal congestion (stuffiness), nasal drainage, insomnia, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep), sinus pain, body aches and cough (worsened by: lying down, at night) (quality: with phlegm or

How long?: If these symptoms started less than 2 weeks ago, it is likely from the lingering viral infection ongoing in the community. I usually see this infection in patients who have been exposed to young children. If this has been going on for more than a mouth. See doctor to rule out a sinus infection, ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils, nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping and difficulty breathing (worsened by: after exercise, lying flat) (quali...

I am experiencing swollen tonsils, nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping and difficulty breathing (worsened by: after exercise, lying flat) (quali...

Swollen tonsils: Swollen tonsils can be due to many things: did you have a cold recently? Allergies? Fevers? What is your diet like? We can help. Send answers. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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What are the best pills for nasal decongestion?

What are the best pills for nasal decongestion?

None: Pills might not be the answer, but it depends on the problem. Viral illness will resolve on its own schedule, and decongestants might help, but time helps more. Allergies might respond to oral antihistamines like zyrtec, allegra, claritin. Excessive use of nasal sprays can result in chronic swelling which seems worse when the medication is stopped. ...Read more

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1yr old son has rash all over body, low grade fever, runny nose, not sleeping well/eating was told a virus but the rash getting worse. Why, what cause? Tx?

1yr old son has rash all over body, low grade fever, runny nose, not sleeping well/eating was told a virus but the rash getting worse. Why, what cause? Tx?

Virus rash: Virus rash (or viral exanthem is the fancy phrase) goes away on its own, usually in 10 days or less. No treatment is needed but if you're itchy, then you can use moisturizers and antihistamines. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Biaxin (clarithromycin) for an ear infection, but it's causing insomnia. Is it safe to take alka seltzer sinus night formula to clear my nose & sleep?

I was prescribed Biaxin (clarithromycin) for an ear infection, but it's causing insomnia. Is it safe to take alka seltzer sinus night formula to clear my nose & sleep?

Yes: It's OK short term to take the medication you request with Biaxin (clarithromycin) - there are no interactions or contraindications. However, I doubt very much your insomnia is due to our taking Biaxin (clarithromycin). It is just not a side effect of that medication. It is possible you are having trouble sleeping because of the ear infection and nasal congestion. ...Read more

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Is dry mouth dry nose and dry throat and that you bleed smaller a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal familia insomnia?

Is dry mouth dry nose and dry throat and that you bleed smaller a symptom of sporadic fatal insomnia or fatal familia insomnia?

Familial insomnia: The symptoms you list have no relation to insomnia. You can learn more about ffi, a very rare, familial disease at this site: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/fatal_familial_insomnia
insomnia is very common. If you have it, see a sleep disorders doctor to help figure out what the cause is for you. There are many causes. It is very treatable. ...Read more

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Hi I'm wanting some help I'm having some trouble sleeping because of coughing bad I'm a non smoker in a non smoking house maybe nasal drip tickling me?

Hi I'm wanting some help I'm having some trouble sleeping because of coughing bad I'm a non smoker in a non smoking house maybe nasal drip tickling me?

That is possible: But it is also possible that you have developed an allergy to something. It is also not unreasonable to think of gastroesophageal reflux disease that can cause reflux of the gastric fluid into the back of your throat which can then go down into your lungs and cause significant coughing spells. Please see your family doctor to have this addressed further. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. ...Read more

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I took benadryl around 9pm. Can I take nyquil now at 3 am? Unable to sleep due to congestion/post nasal drip/thick mucus.

I took benadryl around 9pm. Can I take nyquil now at 3 am? Unable to sleep due to congestion/post nasal drip/thick mucus.

Yes: However you are not like to reduce your nasal congestion from these medications. If this is from a cold, an OTC decongestant spray for no more than 5 days may be helpful. If this is from an allergy, try a nasal steroid. If problem persists, will need to consider the presence of a sinus infection and you will need to see your doctor to get examined. ...Read more

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Hi, post nasal drip since 13 yr. I'm 30 now. Trouble sleeping, fell tired. Nose also congested. Had three surgery for congestion then again come back.

Hi, post nasal drip since 13 yr. I'm 30 now. Trouble sleeping, fell tired. Nose also congested. Had three surgery for congestion then again come back.

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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Dirt taste in mouth, trouble sleeping, headache, post nasal drip, eye pain for a year. Was getting better, but starts again along with cold weather?

Dirt taste in mouth, trouble sleeping, headache, post nasal drip, eye pain for a year. Was getting better, but starts again along with cold weather?

Sinus problem: Your symptoms point to a sinus problem which may or not be caused by allergy. Discuss your problem with your doctor. In the mean time you can take an antihistamine before bedtime. ...Read more

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Does my daughter have asthma? 13 years old, depression, blue looking hands, mouthbreathing, trouble sleeping, nasal congestion, clearing throat all the time, occasional scratchy throat, headaches soreness

Does my daughter have asthma? 13 years old, depression, blue looking hands, mouthbreathing, trouble sleeping, nasal congestion, clearing throat all the time, occasional scratchy throat, headaches soreness

Asthma a good bet.: Asthma would be a good bet. However it could be several things. It might be a heart condition. You don't give details such as the length of illness. She needs treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My son's nose is blocked. We are administering Xylo Acino 0.05% for children but there is no change. Always having sleepless nights. Any help please.

My son's nose is blocked. We are administering Xylo Acino 0.05% for children but there is no change. Always having sleepless nights. Any help please.

If a long-term prob-: Lem, see an ENT. A humidifier may help. Xylometazoline can cause sleep problems. Night-waking can be a habit. Establish a regular bedtime. Brush his teeth after his last feed. Read, rock, then put him to bed in his own room drowsy, but awake, to learn to self-calm without bottle or pacifier. Ignore night-crying consistently as it 1st increases before it stops. See tips on healthychildren. Org. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble sleeping because I can breath through my nose yet, can I take one pill of zopiclone with this?

I'm having trouble sleeping because I can breath through my nose yet, can I take one pill of zopiclone with this?

If you can't breathe: Through your nose properly please see a doc. He/she can examine you and perhaps refer you for a procedure to open up the nasal passageways and/or a sleep study. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 16mnth old has a serious cold. Its resulting in a blocked nose at night to the extent that he cannot sleep properly. Can I use celestamine?

My 16mnth old has a serious cold. Its resulting in a blocked nose at night to the extent that he cannot sleep properly. Can I use celestamine?

No celes. For kids: Unless this was prescribed by your son's doctor, avoid using celestamine for children. It may cause effects you do not want. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot sleep at night because of my allergies. Symptoms include: runny nose, do to relieve these symptoms?

What to do if I cannot sleep at night because of my allergies. Symptoms include: runny nose, do to relieve these symptoms?

See below: See your primary to evaluate what allergy meds are suitable for you and take things from there. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Had fever on Monday. Nose getting blocked, headaches, loss of appetite & sleeplessness. I don't have fever now but my appetite & sleep not ok. Feel tired?

Had fever on Monday. Nose getting blocked, headaches, loss of appetite & sleeplessness. I don't have fever now but my appetite & sleep not ok. Feel tired?

Viral illness: This sounds as if you have had an upper respiratory tract infection and you are recovering slowly. If this persists beyond the next several days or becomes worse you may want to pay your PCP a visit. Best wishes for a rapid recovery. ...Read more

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My 2.7year old son has a bad cold, running nose (mucus) and cough. No fever. Unable to sleep properly since 3-4days now. What medicine to give?

My 2.7year old son has a bad cold, running nose (mucus) and cough. No fever. Unable to sleep properly since 3-4days now. What medicine to give?

Not much: For a child this young, I would recommend against any prescription cough/cold medications and even over the counter cough/cold meds as these can have significant side effects and are not shown to be effective. Simple home remedies like warm water with honey and lemon before bedtime, breathing in steam in a hot/steamy bathroom before bedtime, and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for any pain/fever relief. ...Read more

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Last night I had heartburn and insmonia all night and a lot of liquid diarrhea and in the morning I threw up with blood even I had blood in my nose?

Last night I had heartburn and insmonia all night and a lot of liquid diarrhea and in the morning I threw up with blood even I had blood in my nose?

Med eval.: Please get this checked. Vomiting blood is serious. I am going to assume that the blood was not from a nose bleed, but that blood came up with vomitis. ...Read more

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11 week old has no fever, nose sounds blocked, having trouble sleeping, 4 year old sibling diagnosed with bronchitis today. Should we be worried?

11 week old has no fever, nose sounds blocked, having trouble sleeping, 4 year old sibling diagnosed with bronchitis today. Should we be worried?

Infant nose breather: Infants breathe through their nose rather than mouth, so nasal congestion will result in baby having difficulty breathing and sleeping. Nasal suction with bulb syringe and saline drops can help baby breathe better. Observe for signs of increased congestion and fever. Make sure you are washing hands thoroughly after interacting with your four year old. ...Read more

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My son has a miserable cough and stuffed nose. He is having trouble sleeping because of his coughing. Is there a expectorant I can give a 7 month old?

My son has a miserable cough and stuffed nose. He is having trouble sleeping because of his coughing. Is there a expectorant I can give a 7 month old?

Not approved: Most medications and herbs are not appropriate or FDA approved for infants, and dosing cannot be safely advised. Increasing humidity and keeping your baby well hydrated may lessen the symptoms and to support the body as it heals itself. Prolonged symptoms of fever, cough and congestion should be evaluated by your pediatrician and may require further treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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