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Any suggestions for homeopathic remedies for deviated nasal septum and nasal congestion?

Any suggestions for homeopathic remedies for deviated nasal septum and nasal congestion?

Septal deviation: The only treatment is surgery. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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Dr. John McMahan
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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


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Sprays, irrigation, amoxicillin...Nothing works! severe post nasal drip! help!

Sprays, irrigation, amoxicillin...Nothing works! severe post nasal drip! help!

Antihistamine?: If you haven't already tried an antihistamine that might be worth a try. If you've been on antibiotics, it sounds like you've already seen your doctor at least once. At this point a follow up and consideration of additional testing and/or possible ENT referral may be in order. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can anti-histamine + nasal irrigation + Cromolyn Sodium spray help reduce chronic nasal turbinate, nasopharynx inflammation & mucus membrane swelling?

Can anti-histamine + nasal irrigation + Cromolyn Sodium spray help reduce chronic nasal turbinate, nasopharynx inflammation & mucus membrane swelling?

Unlikely: they can reduce discharge, sneezing, but not congestion or inflammation, you will need anti-inflammatory medications as steroid nasal sprays, but better be directed by an ENT specialist or an Allergist/Immunologist if you have access to one, best wishes ...Read more

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Nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort aq or flonase, which quicker for nasal congestion/ seasonal allergies? I also nasal colloidal silve-nott o2 binding, will that work

Nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort aq or flonase, which quicker for nasal congestion/ seasonal allergies?  I also nasal colloidal silve-nott o2 binding, will that work

Nasal sprays: All nasal steroids take a few days to start working and need to build up a dose before they become fully effective. Nasal antihistamines are quicker in onset of actiion. A combination nasal spray should help your symptoms for fast and long lasting relief. Now i don't know anything about the coooloidal silver spray you mentioned. ...Read more

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Any natural remedies for nasal congestion?

Any natural remedies for nasal congestion?

Sinus rinses: Nasal saline ( salt water ) solution is readily available in any pharmacy. Comes as pressurized or pump spray. Could also consider Neti pot or other sinus rinses. ...Read more

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Does nasal irrigation help chronic sinusitis?

Does nasal irrigation help chronic sinusitis?

It can: Nasal irrigation with a Neti Pot or irrigation system can be very helpful in nasal function. ...Read more

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What are saline nasal sprays vs neosynepherine nose drops?

What are saline nasal sprays vs neosynepherine nose drops?

Big Difference: Saline nasal sprays are just salt water sprays. You can use saline as nasal sprays as often as you like for as long as you like. Neosynephrine nose drops, however, are decongesting nose drops. It works quite well but.....This may only be used for 3 days in a row as your nasal tissues can be physiological dependent on them (i.E you can get hooked on them). ...Read more

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Start with nasal spray or sudafed for my nasal congestion?

Start with nasal spray or sudafed for my nasal congestion?

Saline washes: It depends on the cause of the congestion, but saline nasal washes at least don't have side effects, unlike decongestants and antihistamines. If the saline doesn't help enough and your symptoms persist, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can pseudoephedrine aggravate nasal congestion?

Yes rebound congesti: These types of meds can lead to rebound swelling that sometimes is worse than when it started leading to overuse and can affect blood pressure and the heart. ...Read more

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Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Not a cause: Nasonex (mometasone) would not cause migraines, but if you have migraines already then it is possible that something in the Nasonex (mometasone) could trigger a migraine in you. ...Read more

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Nasal steroid sprays for rhinitis/thick PND, give me perioral dermatitis. Tried antihistamines, montelukast, ipratropium, PPIs as alternative. Ideas?

Nasal steroid sprays for rhinitis/thick PND, give me perioral dermatitis. Tried antihistamines, montelukast, ipratropium, PPIs as alternative. Ideas?

Saline: Irrigate 2-3 times daily with saline (via neti-pot or squeeze bottle). This is step one. Otherwise, physical exam and history are needed to determine rhinitis subtype (allergic, vasomotor, infectious, etc.). Good luck! ...Read more

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Any natural decongestants? Sudafed causes insomnia. Flonase seems ineffective. Congestion affects sleep.

Any natural decongestants? Sudafed causes insomnia. Flonase seems ineffective. Congestion affects sleep.

Better medications: There are better medications to control nasal congestion, such as nasal antihistamines combined with nasal steroids. Please consult an allergist for good advice on controlling your symptoms. ...Read more

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Does fluticasone nasal spray help with post nasal drip from allergies?

Does fluticasone nasal spray help with post nasal   drip from allergies?

Yes: If used properly it should .Discus the proper method of spraying with your doctor. The nozzle should be pointed toward the eye and not centrally. ...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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Can Mucinex (guaifenesin) nasal spray help my ears?

Can Mucinex (guaifenesin) nasal spray help my ears?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) nasal spray: Hello, Mucinex (guaifenesin) nasal spray is the same medication as afrin. It can be useful for eustachian tube dysfunction that will cause ear pressure. Use this medication as directed only for 5days. ...Read more

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