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When treating hypernatremia why is normal saline preferred over ½ normal saline?

When treating hypernatremia why is normal saline preferred over ½ normal saline?

IV fluids: One of the reasons people who are dehydrated (d) receive Normal Saline (ns) is that they are hypotensive from whatever caused their d. If they are not hypotensive it is more prudent that they receive 1/2 saline to give them fluid in excess of salt. An alternate IV therapy for d is giving those patients 5% dextrose which delivers no sodium to them, if they are not hypotensive. ...Read more

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Saline (Definition)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or ...Read more


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How much salt per liter of water for nasal lavage (nasal irrigation)?

How much salt per liter of water for nasal lavage (nasal irrigation)?

1/4 tsp per cup: Usually 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for 8 ounces will do. Nasal lavage can be helpful for chronic sinus congestion, and i often recommend it. However, some studies suggest a risk of infection if neti pot or bottle not kept clean or use of contaminated tap water, or even injury to nasal tissue. So be cautious. ...Read more

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Pretty heavy nose bleed after using neti pot. Is this normal? Should i continue using the neti pot?

Pretty heavy nose bleed after using neti pot. Is this normal? Should i continue using the neti pot?

Neti pots: Most experts now advise against using neti pots because of the risk of infection. Please see an otolaryngologist (ear nose throat) doctor to see what caused the nosebleed. ...Read more

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My babies nose is super congested help! i've used bulb strung saline spray cool mist humidifie and steamy shower u keep sucking stuff out but ita lo?

My babies nose is super congested help! i've used bulb strung saline spray cool mist humidifie and steamy shower u keep sucking stuff out but ita lo?

If this has been: Going on for quite sometimes please see your pediatrician about it. He may prescribe some ear drop or eye drop medication that can be used in the nose to relieve severe nasal congestion or he may refer you to ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Normal to wake up with liquid pouring out of nose?

Normal to wake up with liquid pouring out of nose?

Rhinorrhea: This is not normal. I would see a doctor to be evaluated for allergies, but there are other causes that your doctor should be able to help you figure out what can be done. Feel better. ...Read more

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I clean my neti pot with a mixture of distilled water + white distilled vinegar and rinse it out with distilled water. Is this ok? Risk of bacteria?

I clean my neti pot with a mixture of distilled water + white distilled vinegar and rinse it out with distilled water. Is this ok? Risk of bacteria?

Also use soap: You need to also clean your neti pot with soapy hot water. Also change your neti pot every 3 months. Water and vinegar alone will not completely clean a neti pot. ...Read more

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Thick clear mucus back of nose 6 months, swollen mucosa & large adenoids. CT clear, no infection,steroid sprays don't work. Cromolyn sodium an option?

Thick clear mucus back of nose 6 months, swollen mucosa & large adenoids. CT clear, no infection,steroid sprays don't work. Cromolyn sodium an option?

See allergist: Even though cromolyn may help some people I have been been impressed with its efficacy. You problem is likely from allergies and it would be a good idea for you to consult a specialist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sinus congestion/pain after using neilmed sinus rinse?

Is it normal to have sinus congestion/pain after using neilmed sinus rinse?

Not usually: Some reasons for having sinus congestion/pain after nasal rinses are: 1. Applying to much force. 2. Using a wrong concentration (too much or too little) salt. 3. Too hot or too cold water temperature. Correct these and they are usually more comfortable. ...Read more

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Had sinus problem used nose spray saline spray issue with smelling nose dry nose feels heavy nostril swollen have mucus nose not open see allergist?

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Allergist or ENT: Your nasal symptoms can very well be due to the drugs you are on, lexapro, geodon (ziprasidone) or trazodone, all can cause dry mucus membranes hence dry nose, trazodone can cause nasal congestion too, when seen please mention that you're on those medicines, meanwhile, please keep using saline nasal wash liberally, for an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck, ...Read more

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Does water flush out the liver?

Does water flush out the liver?

Water Hydration: Water is a necessary daily part of good health. But there is no specific 'flushing out the liver' known to modern science by ingesting water. Do not know what prompts this question. ...Read more

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Waking up 2 weeks dry bloody crusty nose when blow my nose throughout day yellow bloody use saline drops don't seem to help much ne suggestions?

Waking up 2 weeks dry bloody crusty nose when blow my nose throughout day yellow bloody use saline drops don't seem to help much ne suggestions?

If...: If this has been two weeks of persistent symptoms especially if associated with facial pain and significant congestion might be time to have antibiotics prescribed. Usually fluids, rest and OTC meds are recommended in the first few days but after that long if not better then a bacterial infection is possible. Go to your dr. or urgent care for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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For 2 years been having an excess production of clear phlegm. Sometimes throat feels blocked & saline nasal spray will bring up mucus. What is this?

Allergies: This sounds like allergic rhinitis with post nasal drainage. Consider an antihistamine and nasal steroid spray trial. Also allergy testing may be appropriate with long term refractory symptoms. If throat symptoms persist see an otolaryngologist for a complete pharyngeal (throat) examination. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use an ear flushing syringe after debrox drops to unclog them ?

Is it ok to use an ear flushing syringe after debrox drops to unclog them ?

As provided at pharm: Remember, "never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear!" if the irrigation syringe is that provided with an ear wax removal kit recommended by your pharmacist, should be ok. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drop mother milk after a child stops running nose instead of using saline drops as saline drops make the nose dry.

Is it safe to drop mother milk after a child stops running nose instead of using saline drops as saline drops make the nose dry.

Sure: Sure this is safe, breast milk will not harm your child in any way. If you were putting this just around the outside of the nose where it is irritated, then this might not be a bad idea, since breastmilk has such healing properties. I would not squirt the stuff up his nose. Can you remember the last time you laughed really hard while drinking milk and had milk come out your nose? not helpful ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a salt water nasal spray clean out your sinuses with hay fever allergies?

Is it safe to use a salt water nasal spray clean out your sinuses with hay fever allergies?

Yes: That is the lowest level of intervention you can take, so is good to start there. May have continued help even if need to add medication to it later. ...Read more

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Trouble fully breathing out nose faint sense smell for 9 months sometimes inflamed stuffy nose tried salt water how is RF turbinate ablation for smell?

Trouble fully breathing out nose faint sense smell for 9 months sometimes inflamed stuffy nose tried salt water how is RF turbinate ablation for smell?

ENT: Evaluation is needed, surgery isn't the first line of treatment for affected sense of smell, you can have engorged turbinates due to chronic inflammation, that can be due to allergies, and can be medically treated first. History and physical exam are important by a specialist, good luck ...Read more

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