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My right nostril has been clogged for more than a week now. What can I do, besides using saline sprays?

My right nostril has been clogged for more than a week now. What can I do, besides using saline sprays?

Try these things:: Congestion is most often due to swollen blood vessels and fluid in the tissues lining the nose. Allergies & irritants are the most common causes. Decongestants as sprays (like afrin) or pills (like sudafed) can help but cause side effects so should be used cautiously. Prescription meds like steroid sprays and singulair can help too. When congestion doesn't change, a structural problem may exist. ...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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Saline spray helping through day, but what to do at night, been waking up stuffy with blood in nostrils when blowing nose.

Saline spray helping through day, but what to do at night, been waking up stuffy with blood in nostrils when blowing nose.

Xlear: Your doc may tell you that you have a sinus infection. You can use a natural product called xlear (pronounced "clear") to clean out nasal passages and break up the biofilm where germs multiply. Tastes good too! ...Read more

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I am having a hard time getting rid of a runny nose and constant itching/"ready to sneeze" feeling. I've taken claritin-d, Flonase two sprays in both nostrils bid, and even did a saline lavage of my nose before the second Flonase dose... And nothing has c

You : You have to take the Flonase for a week for it to be effective and you should do nasal washes on a daily basis. If you are not getting better then you should seek a local allergist to evaluate your condition for other diseases mimicking your symptoms or if you need further treatment with immunotherapy. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and my sinuses are clogged, i've tried saline nasal spray 4 allergy but no help?

I'm pregnant and my sinuses are clogged, i've tried saline nasal spray 4 allergy but no help?

Defer to OB: Many times we don't want to give pregnant patients medications for fear of harming the baby. You should check with OB for what would be allowed during your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up every morning with one sinus completely clogged and one nostril filled with dry "stuff"?

Why do I wake up every morning with one sinus completely clogged and one nostril filled with dry "stuff"?

Sinus or Rhinitis: Probably have chronic sinusitis or rhinitis. Try nasal decongestants (first use nasal saline solutions and rinses) also antihistamines. Decongestants in pill form or sprays ( afrin, neosynephrine, dristan etc) only if no hx of uncontrolled HTN or coronary disease ( angina, recent heart attacks). Try nasal steroids by prescript.( or p.O. Steroids). See ENT to r/o nasal polyps and deviated septum.. ...Read more

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Can sinius problem make feel tightness or pressure in the side or back of my head and nostril clogged. How long will it go on ! mine 2 months now?

Can sinius problem make feel tightness or pressure in the side or back of my head and nostril clogged.  How long will it go on ! mine 2 months now?

Yes: Sinusitis can cause pressure, tighness, pain & clogged nostrils. It is often difficult to clear up during winter & spring when inside air is dry & outside it is windy. You need to see your md or urgent care for meds even if you have been. Even with antibiotics, antihistamines & decongestants it can take weeks or months to fully control. Humidify the air in your bedroom & try saline nasal sprays. ...Read more

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One nostril is clogged up and the throat hurts. What could be wrong?

Nostril clogged.: Most likely you have a viral upper respiratory tract infection, also know as a cold. But, you may also have acid reflux, medication effects, or allergies. Many issues cause stuffy nose. Try using saline nose spray and / or the over the counter nose spray afrin. This will unclog your nose, but should only be used for a couple of days at a time -- it can be habit forming. ...Read more

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Why is a nostril always cloged up? Keeps switching sides but one always is.

Why is a nostril always cloged up? Keeps switching sides but one always is.

Need to see ENT: Clogged up nostril may suggest several different problems, including deviated nasal septum, polyps, chronic sinus disease, enlarged turbinates etc. Hence, an ENT evaluation is necessary to make sure there is no obstructive pathology. Endoscopic sinus exam is adviseable. Try saline nasal lavage to see if it helps. ...Read more

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In one nostril everyday i get clogged hard chunks that when i pick out they bleed what could cause this? Should i be seen?

Nasal Bleed: "chunks" you are referring to are likely a combination of dried nasal discharge ("snot") and dried blood from previous bleed, and possible healing skin that gets picked off when you go after the "chunks." simple answer: do not pick your nose and use warm saline rinse daily or several times daily to moisten the mucous membranes. If there is a polyp (growth) or other growth you should see an ent. ...Read more

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