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Only half my nose is congested, why is it like that?

Only half my nose is congested, why is it like that?

Deviated septum : If only one side of your nose is consistently congested, you likely have a deviated nasal septum. You could also have a problem with your turbinates. Get it checked out by an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Spinal Fluid Leaking From Nose (Definition)

If cerebro-spinal fluid is leaking through the nose. It implies a breech in the base of the skull. There is a specific test to determine if the fluid leaking from the nose is CSF, a test of beta transferrin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, ...Read more


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My nose is congested and I have a cough. Any thoughts on what the issue could be? Thanks Nose

My nose is congested and I have a cough. Any thoughts on what the issue could be? Thanks 

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VIRAL URI: Nasal congestion and non-reproductive cough are most likely due to viral upper respiratory infection, or mild flu. Fluids should be increased, activity lessened, aspirin for mild fever, over-the counter medications as needed. If symptoms worsen or persist, see a trusted physician. ...Read more

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I have a headache on one side of my head and my nose is congested what's going on been like this for two days?

I have a headache on one side of my head and my nose is congested  what's going on been like this for two days?

Sinus headache.: That sounds like a sinus headache to me. Could be allergies or perhaps a bacterial or viral infection. An infection would usually be accompanied by sore throat, fever, chills, sweats and muscle and joint aches. ...Read more

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Hi..I can feel that my nose is congested or clogged thats why its difficult for me to breath..Does it have something to do with my swelingnhard palate?

Hi..I can feel that my nose is congested or clogged thats why its difficult for me to breath..Does it have something to do with my swelingnhard palate?

See a doctor: You've asked multiple questions about your problem, and the answers will always be the same... You can't be diagnosed or treated over the internet. Please see a physician and/or dentist and feel better soon.. All the best. ...Read more

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I have allergies and my nose is congested and my throat is scratchy. Help?

I have allergies and my nose is congested and my throat is scratchy. Help?

Allergy sufferer: Allergies can make a person feel miserable. The best treatment starts with identifying and avoiding the trigger (if possible). The most effective treatment is the topical nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, flonase, Nasonex (mometasone) etc. Antihistamines with or without decongestants can be helpful. Consider seeing an allergist, they are specifically trained in diagnosing and treating allergies! ...Read more

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My son iss 4 months & was exposed to cold wind more than a week ago & his nose is congested, I use Salex spray but it still persist?

My son iss 4 months & was exposed to cold wind more than a week ago  & his nose is congested, I use Salex spray but it still persist?

It happens: Wind does not cause illness but it might blow in airborne pollen that triggers congestion. The kid can have such symptoms from a variety of exposures including house dust, fragrance, smoke, etc. . Nasal saline washout is the primary aid for congestion at that age but removal of offending triggers is the long term solution. ...Read more

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My baby who is 3 weeks old is getting a cold. His nose is congested and he is having difficulty sleeping because of it. What can I do?

My baby who is 3 weeks old is getting a cold. His nose is congested and he is having difficulty sleeping because of it. What can I do?

Bulb suction: The best thing to help your baby's congestion is to use nasal saline drops in each nostril and then use a bulb to suction them out. Do this before each feeding and before he goes down to nap or sleep. If your baby runs a fever, you should take him to the doctor immediately. Do not give him any over the counter cold meds because he is too young. ...Read more

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My 10 day old child's nose is congested what should I do? She is 10 days old and a little congested. She isn't running a fever and nothing else seems to be wrong. She has started to eat a little less though. Is there anything i can do to relieve the conge

My 10 day old child's nose is congested what should I do? She is 10 days old and a little congested. She isn't running a fever and nothing else seems to be wrong. She has started to eat a little less though. Is there anything i can do to relieve the conge

Reflux: Babies must breathe through their nose. If i had to bet the baby is having silent acid reflux that is burning her nose. Using 1-2 drops of nonmedicated nasal saline drops for babies after each feeding can help. Are you breastfeeding? Try going on a dairy free diet yourself. On formula? Ask your doctor about switching to soy or elemental formula. For any infant breathing issues call your md. ...Read more

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My 6 week baby nose is congested. I tried nasal spray and bulb syringe and she still can't breath right ;(?

My 6 week baby nose is congested. I tried nasal spray and bulb syringe and she still can't breath right ;(?

Reflux: in a baby can cause nasal congestion. Have your pediatrician check your baby to make sure there is no structural abnormality. If none, consider that the acid environment from reflux can lead to swelling of the nasal mucosa that will not respond to saline irrigation and suction. An antacid will help. ...Read more

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Septoplasty, turbinate reduction, adenoid removal 3wk ago. Bumped yesterday, slight bleed & now nose is congested. Surgeon away. Could I have damage?

Septoplasty, turbinate reduction, adenoid removal 3wk ago. Bumped yesterday, slight bleed & now nose is congested. Surgeon away. Could I have damage?

Bumped Nose: Probably no harm. Usually good idea to take an antihistamine tablet. Be sure to see doctor immediately on his return to rule out hematoma of septum. If your surgeon is away two weeks than should see an ENT doctor within 5 days to rule out possible hematoma of septum, as this must be drained. Do not see emergency room as they are not familiar with septal hematoma. Again, this is rare but important ...Read more

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Can nasal congestion cause temporary sleep apena? Waking up gasping for air when nose is congested. Husband says i don't snore.

Can nasal congestion cause temporary sleep apena? Waking up gasping for air when nose is congested. Husband says i don't snore.

Yes: Apnea technically is the cessation of breathing, usually caused by blockage of the airways in the throat or from the brain not sending signals to breathe. The nasal passages being congested usually causes people to sound like they are gasping, because they are forced to breathe through their mouths, not technically causing apnea, but close. ...Read more

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My kid won't breath through her mouth when her nose is congested while sleeping. My wife has to stay up and monitor her breathing. Any suggestions?

My kid won't breath through her mouth when her nose is congested while sleeping. My wife has to stay up and monitor her breathing. Any suggestions?

Mgt: An inbox consult is available to discuss but I would suggest nasal saline rinses to open the nasal passages. Some kits have an aspirator. This may be used in conjunction with cool air mist humidification. Propping pillows at a 30 degree angle can help as well. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ fever & intense ear pressure. Nose is congested. Been 24 hrs & the ear pressure is killing me. Valsalva's no help. Taking tylenol (acetaminophen). Relief?

Woke up w/ fever & intense ear pressure. Nose is congested. Been  24 hrs & the ear pressure is killing me. Valsalva's no help. Taking tylenol (acetaminophen). Relief?

Fever and congestion: These are signs of upper respiratory infection. You may also have sinusitis which needs to be treated, esp if you have fever. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may reduce the fever but would do nothing for the infection. It is important to treat the infection as early as possible to avoid any long term effects such as chronic sinusitis. ...Read more

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Is rhinitus of nose causing stuffy nose and szeezing?

Is rhinitus of nose causing stuffy nose and szeezing?

Rhinitis of nose: If this has been been going on for some time see an allergist for a possible allergic cause for your rhinitis, sneezing, etc. ...Read more

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Congested Nose (Definition)

Congested nose = stuffy nose. Partial or full blockage of nasal passages due to swelling of blood ...Read more