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Not much: Surprisingly, studies have shown that the color of mucus discharge from the nose is not helpful in determining whether the "germ" causing the infection is bacterial or viral. More helpful than the color is the duration of symptoms (symptoms from cold viruses usually resolve within 10 to 14 days). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anatomy: Regardless of the reason (cold, allergies, etc), the reason your nose gets stuffy is that there is inflammation in the lining of the your nose, which then gets thicker than when there is no inflammation. The main component is from a structure called the inferior turbinates - these get enlarged, engorged with blood and thickened when there is inflammation ---> stuffy :). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Runaway running: Nose for how long? A cold usually lasts 7-10 days, but can last as long as 14 days. If your nose has been runny for longer, then could be sinus infection, allergies or non-allergic runny nose. Talk with your doc about the right problem and the right treatment for you. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nose trauma: If the nose was straight before, then became crooked after injury, then it was broken. You can't bend the nasal bones ! note-- this needs immediate evaluation by ent. If surgery is needed then it needs to be done within a couple of weeks. Otherwise, the nose will heal crooked and require more complex later surgery to repair. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I think I may have broken my nose today. I got hit by a hard thrown flying basketball. What should I do for it. ?
Broken nose: Put an ice pack on it while protecting your skin with a washcloth or towel 15 minutes on 1/2-1 hour off to decrease pain and swelling. Stay away from contact sports and other activities that could lead to reinjury. May want to consult ENT, especially if the injury has affected breathing passages significantly. Plastic surgery consult later for cosmetic change is also a suggestion. ...Read more
Nose sprays: Oxymetazoline nasal spray for 3 to 5 days, if used too long will make it worse. This time of year it's likely ragweed allergy, a prescription for a steroid nasal spray and or an antihistamine spray would be the best bet. Go see your ENT or allergist, or ENT allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3-13 years: Seriously! I have seen kids in middle school who still refuse to blow their nose, they prefer to sniff it up instead, driving their parents crazy! but, many children, around age 3-4, can be taught how to use a tissue to blow their nose........Before that, it's up to mom or dad to chase them around with the tissue! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergies?: Sometimes you are exposed to an allergen that causes your nose to produce clear thin secretions in excess. I would try OTC Claritin for 2 weeks to see if it helps. If that doesn't help you should see your doctor. Some people have "vasomotor" rhinitis which can be treated with a prescription nose spray. ...Read more
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