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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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


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Child strep and bad mucous cough. Antibiotics for 3 days still has fever. Doc prescribed claritin nasal spray and inhaler for rhonchi, why claritin?

Child strep and bad mucous cough. Antibiotics for 3 days still has fever. Doc prescribed claritin nasal spray and inhaler for rhonchi, why claritin?

Good question: I am not aware of a nasal spray containing Claritin. Even then it would not have done that much for nasal congestion or the cough That the fever is still present after 3 days of antibiotic points more to a viral infection which often causes coughing and wheezing in children especially before age 3. ...Read more

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Can a nasal steroid spray mask the symptoms of a bacterial infection? Treated for allergy for 1 yr, but mucus sample shows Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.

Can a nasal steroid spray mask the symptoms of a bacterial infection? Treated for allergy for 1 yr, but mucus sample shows Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.

Yes, if you: use it too much or too often. Now you have a bacterial infection that hopefully will respond to antibiotics, but you can also get fungus or other atypical infections. Antibiotics will not help these. You need to consult with an ENT specialist for definitive treatment. Surgery might be necessary. ...Read more

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I've had sinus congestion and post-nasal drip for 2 months? Should I switch nasal steroid sprays?

I've had sinus congestion and post-nasal drip for 2 months?  Should I switch nasal steroid sprays?

See the doctor: You could try adding an antihistamine with or without a decongestant over the counter. Or, you could see your doctor to see if you have developed a sinus infection. ...Read more

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Is nasal endoscopy effective for sinus infections?

Is nasal endoscopy effective for sinus infections?

Helps the diagnosis: Nasal endoscopy helps in the diagnosis of sinus infections. It is not a treatment for infections. Infections are treated with antibiotics, mucus thinners, decongestants, saline sprays and occasionally steroid sprays. ...Read more

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Can a nasal smear be tested for leprosy?

Can a nasal smear be tested for leprosy?

Yes: Biopsy of the involved skin is a better test. The biopsy needs to be examined by a pathologist and usually requries special stains. ...Read more

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Symptoms: nasal congestion–both nostrils; runny nose every few days; post-nasal drip; sneezing; never tested for allergies. Advice, please?

Symptoms: nasal congestion–both nostrils; runny nose every few days; post-nasal drip; sneezing; never tested for allergies. Advice, please?

Cold or allergies: Cold and allergy symptoms can be similar. Allergies tend to be chronic or recurrent and generally involve sneezing, itchy eyes, clear runny nose and/or nasal congestion. Cold symptoms usually involve less sneezing and itching and more congestion often with thicker or discolored mucous. ...Read more

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Is Avamys nasal spray effective to use for post nasal drip?

Is Avamys nasal spray effective to use for post nasal drip?

Depends: Yes, if allergies are triggering the post nasal drip. No if gastroesophageal reflux is triggering the post nasal drip. ...Read more

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3yr old has congested wet cough, nasal congest.,no fever,clear nasal mucus,irritated throat, taking antibio's for yeast inf.Cold? Concern? Treatment?

3yr old has congested wet cough, nasal congest.,no fever,clear nasal mucus,irritated throat, taking antibio's for yeast inf.Cold? Concern? Treatment?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics as you know do not treat viral infections. Most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and will clear by themselves in a few days. Encourage lots of fluids, try sitting with her in a hot steamy bathroom to loosen phlegm and mucus, and call your pediatrician if she seems ill or sicker. ...Read more

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Continious tonsillitis for 4 years kid and cough with mucous.best ttt.

Continious tonsillitis for 4 years kid  and cough with mucous.best ttt.

Could be sinusitis: confused as tonsillitis, given that the child has cough and mucous, tonsillitis wound't cause such, please check with his pediatrician / ENT doctor, if chronic sinusitis treatment would constitute longer course of antibiotics and other measures, good luck ...Read more

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Have you used atrovent for post nasal drip?

Have you used atrovent for post nasal drip?

Best for rhinitis : Atrovent nasal spray works best for a drippy nose. A nose which produces too much mucous from the front leading to the need for lots of tissues. Post nasal drip might be improved but atrovent is not nearly as successful for this symptom. ...Read more

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Reinfection with e.Coli at throat is tonsillectomy needed?

Reinfection with e.Coli at throat is tonsillectomy needed?

E. coli: Nothing is impossible, but this particular bacteria is not known to commonly cause infection in the upper respiratory tract in immunocompetant individuals. Tonsillar infection would be very very very rare. ...Read more

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Is fluticasone propionate nasal spray a decongestant for your sinuses?

Is fluticasone propionate nasal spray a decongestant for your sinuses?

Not really: Fluticasone is a nasal steroids spray that works to decrease the allergic inflammation in one's nose and subsequently decreased one's nasal allergy symptoms. A decongestant, for example pseudphed, is a vaso constrictor, that shrinks blood vessel that ultimately shrinks the nasal mucosa. ...Read more

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Lingering post nasal drip/white after cold for 2 months Used Antibiotics decongestant saline rinse antihistamine just began steroid spray yet persists?

Lingering post nasal drip/white after cold for 2 months Used Antibiotics decongestant saline rinse antihistamine just began steroid spray yet persists?

Partially treated: Your situation is by no means unusual Testing for a more definitive diagnosis may be worthwhile. it is not uncommon for a sinus infection to require a longer course or a different antibiotic. Sometimes oral steroids are necessary ...Read more

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Swollen turbinates for last 6 months. Dx vasomotor Rhinitis. Positive nasal swab for Coag Negative staph. Could this be cause of Vasomotor Rhinitis?

Swollen turbinates for last 6 months. Dx vasomotor Rhinitis. Positive nasal swab for Coag Negative staph. Could this be cause of Vasomotor Rhinitis?

Definitely not: A culture like that is essentially useless. Staph CN organisms in this setting are 'just along for the ride' and have nothing to do with your sinus disease. That might have been different if a true pathogen was found (like Strep) but I'm pretty sure this is just what we call 'normal flora'. The sinuses are not a sterile place, so there are ordinary bacteria there. I would seek more about ALLERGY. ...Read more

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Sputum test reports heavy growth of Candida albicans and pseudomonas aeruginosa. No symptoms excpt stuffy nose and throat clearing for 2 yrs. pls help?

Sputum test reports heavy growth of Candida albicans and pseudomonas aeruginosa. No symptoms excpt stuffy nose and throat clearing for 2 yrs. pls help?

More info needed: Pseudomonas and Candida often appear when normal bacteria are suppressed by antibiotics. Have you been taking antibiotics, maybe for your stuffy nose and cough? Or have you been hospitalized recently? If you are otherwise healthy, chest xray normal (no pneumonia), and you don't have severe bronchitis, probably these results can be ignored. Discuss with your doctor or infectious disease specialist. ...Read more