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Symptoms: nasal congestion–both nostrils; runny nose every few days; post-nasal drip; sneezing; never tested for allergies. Advice, please?

Symptoms: nasal congestion–both nostrils; runny nose every few days; post-nasal drip; sneezing; never tested for allergies. Advice, please?

Cold or allergies: Cold and allergy symptoms can be similar. Allergies tend to be chronic or recurrent and generally involve sneezing, itchy eyes, clear runny nose and/or nasal congestion. Cold symptoms usually involve less sneezing and itching and more congestion often with thicker or discolored mucous. ...Read more

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What could cause a stuffy ear, stuffy nose, stuffy throat, and a dry cough?

What could cause a stuffy ear, stuffy nose, stuffy throat, and a dry cough?

Sore throat: It all depends on the duration, severity and associated symptoms. It can vary from simple viral infection to some more serious. ...Read more

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Why is my newborn congested with a stuffy nose?

Why is my newborn congested with a stuffy nose?

?irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more

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Can you have chronic sinusitis without a stuffy nose? I have a lot of sinus pressure, runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, NO CONGESTION.

Can you have chronic sinusitis without a stuffy nose? I have a lot of sinus pressure, runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, NO CONGESTION.

Yes: Sure that doesn't doing completely unreasonable- you could have maxillary or frontal sinusitis and this may not necessarily affect your nasal passage or make you stuffy . Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose, no runny nose nor any other allergy symptoms.....but i have dizziness with it, is stuffy nose possibly causing the dizziness?

Stuffy nose, no runny nose nor any other allergy symptoms.....but i have dizziness with it, is stuffy nose possibly causing the dizziness?

Possible: Stuffy nose means that the nasal tissues are secreting too thick of the discharge and it is blocking the passage. It can also be associated with the tubes that Adrian from ear to the throat. Once this tube is blocked, the fluid can be backed up and can lead to equilibrium issues. So you may need to address nasal issue and the dizziness will go away. Good luck. ...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?

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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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?

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

Dr. Anlin Xu Dr. Xu
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Runny nose; nose constantly running clear liquid. Is there a nonaddictive nose spray OTC for it?

Dr. Anlin Xu Dr. Xu
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Runny nose; nose constantly running clear liquid. Is there a nonaddictive nose spray OTC for it?

Not really: Most of the otc nasal sprays contain topical decongestants, which ca cause rebound effect when stopped - "addiction". U need to ask ur doctor to prescribe u a nasal spray. ...Read more

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I have a cough and postnasal drip. No runny nose or stuffed up nose.

I have a cough and postnasal drip. No runny nose or stuffed up nose.

I am sorry to hear: that you are sick but what is your question? Try submitting it again and asking about what you want to know. ...Read more

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Achy sinuses and runny nose. Would actifed be good for this?

Achy sinuses and runny nose. Would actifed be good for this?

Yes: If this an acute problem related to a cold, it will help. But i would not use it long term if this is an ongoing issue. ...Read more

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Can nose drops treat a stuffy nose?

Can nose drops treat a stuffy nose?

Stuffy nose : The otc drops like afrin (oxymetazoline) can backfire with a nasty rebound effect. Check with an ENT to diagnose and treat the causes of your congestion... Allergy, nose sprays, infections, deviated septums, polyps, tumors etc. Etc.Na. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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I have nasal congestion (stuffiness, runny nose, headache) for 3 weeks now. No fever, coughing or body aches. nasal spray or allergy med not working?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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I have nasal congestion (stuffiness, runny nose, headache) for 3 weeks now. No fever, coughing or body aches.  nasal spray or allergy med not working?

See doctor: If you have been using your nasal steroid regularly and correctly, you may have a sinus infection or what we call vasomotor rhinitis for which a nasal antihistamine is usually more effective. ...Read more

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Runny nose and ear ache. Is there a quick fix for this?

Runny nose and ear ache. Is there a quick fix for this?

Decongestant: Oral decongestants will help if your symptoms started within the past 3 days. If longer, you need to see a doctor to treat a possible ear infection. ...Read more

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Best OTC med for a head cold? Head congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat. No fever or chest congestion/cough. Thank you!

Best OTC med for a head cold? Head congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat.  No fever or chest congestion/cough. Thank you!

Pelargonium sidoides: The herb pelargonium sidoides, the root of a geranium native to south africa, is the best-proven treatment for colds, sinus infections ; sinusitis. It's the first thing i (; my family) take when getting sick ; has helped hundreds of my patients. It is widely available in a product called umcka, sold at health food stores ; many pharmacies. See http://naturalmedicinejournal.Net/pdf/nmj_dec09_bp.Pdf. ...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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For 2 weeks now have had bad nasal congestion, post nasal drip, constant runny nose. Very bad congestion & nasal drip won't go away. What to do?

For 2 weeks now have had bad nasal congestion, post nasal drip, constant runny nose. Very bad congestion & nasal drip won't go away. What to do?

Sinus: I suspect this started like an ordinary cold but at this point you may have a sinus infection. Contact your doctor for a more in-depth evaluation since a number of questions need to be answered. Allergy is unlikely at this time of year if you haven't had it before. ...Read more

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Do decongestants stop a runny nose?

Do decongestants stop a runny nose?

They can: Oral decongestants such as sudafed (pseudoephedrine) can have a drying effect on the nose, mouth and eyes. This is from the anticholinergic effects. Even though decongestants are for decreasing congestion this drying side effect can be helpful for some and problematic for other people. ...Read more

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Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

OTC meds: Medications like Guaifenesin which could be found in Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) can be helpful. Also for nasal stuffiness you could try afrin nasal spray one spray in each nostril twice a day. Please only take for three days as there's a high risk of rebound rhinitis if you take for longer than three days. ...Read more

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What medicine is best for sinus drainae and runny nose?

What medicine is best for sinus drainae and runny nose?

Depends on the cause: If your drainage and runny nose is from allergies it will respond best to nasal steroids like flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. Some of these products are approved down to age 2 so they are safe to use. Over the counter options such as zyrtec and Claritin may help with the runny nose for a short time but the effect won't last as long as the nose spray. Nasal steroids also help with nonallergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get stuffy nose off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get stuffy nose off and on?

Possibly: There may be a genetic component to your stuffiness but it is much more likely that you have allergies, vasomotor rhinitis (stuffiness due to the cold or strenuous activity), structural abnormality such as deviated septum or polyps, medication side effect, sinus infection, rebound from nasal decongestants, or a variety of other possibilities. ...Read more

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For what possible reasons have i had a stuffy nose for two years straight?

Other symptoms?: Hi. You may have allergies due to year-round exposures. These would typically have itchy nose/eyes/throat with sneezing and runny nose. Consider otc allergy meds. You may have swollen nasal passages for any number of reasons. Consider eval with provider. You may have chronic sinus infection. However, this would typically have lots of thick snot, cough, headache, sometimes fever (see a doc). ...Read more

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Could a stuffy nose be the reason why I woke up?

Could a stuffy nose be the reason why I woke up?

Blocked nose: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. And nasal obstruction can interfere with your sleep cycle. ...Read more

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My 4 years old son seems to be fine all day except early in the morning when he has lots of cough and stuffy nose. What could be the reason?

My 4 years old son seems to be fine all day except early in the morning when he has lots of cough and stuffy nose. What could be the reason?

Post nasal drainage: Early morning coughing is primarily designed to clear out inhaled irritants and resulting mucous buildup. Dust,fumes,perfume, food odors,etc. can accumulate in the environment.The sleeping child breathes less deeply and may accumulate some irritant effect.As they start their day the coughing and sneezing usually clears this. ...Read more

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Need help. I've got a cold sore but i also have like a stuffy nose could that be the reason why I have one?

Need help. I've got a cold sore but i also have like a stuffy nose could that be the reason why I have one?

Possibly, an upper: Respiratory infection could be a trigger for a cold sore. Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, uv rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. ...Read more

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How does a stuffy nose occur ?

Swelling & mucus: A nose gets stuffy because the inside lining (the mucosa) of the nose swells up, blocking the air flow. The lining also oozes mucus, which blocks airflow even more. Stuffy noses can happen with colds, with allergies, or sometimes with no apparent reason. Blowing one's nose pushes the mucus out, but the swelling would still remain. ...Read more

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Why do I always have a stuffy nose?

Many reasons.: You may have allergy symptoms, it is possibly a septal deviation, nasal polyps, infections, discharge from the sinuses. You should get checked by your physician and may be a referral to an ENT physician. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a stuffy nose?

Neti pots can : Reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. ...Read more

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Can nose drops treat a stuffy nose?

Stuffy nose : The otc drops like afrin (oxymetazoline) can backfire with a nasty rebound effect. Check with an ENT to diagnose and treat the causes of your congestion... Allergy, nose sprays, infections, deviated septums, polyps, tumors etc. Etc.Na. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a blocked stuffy nose?

How can I prevent a blocked stuffy nose?

Start simple: First start with a pure antihistamine to see if allergy may be playing a role. Zyrtec, Claritin or alavert are otc and worth trying. If after a few days there is no improvement then try a decongestant as well. If after a few days you are still blocked you should see your family doctor for a prescription nasal spray either a steroid or an antihistamine. If that doesn't help you need to see an ent. ...Read more

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Can a stuffy nose be caused from smoking?

Can a stuffy nose be caused from smoking?

Yes: The contaminants in cigarette smoke are a notorious cause of irritative inflammation of the nose. The more you smoke the worse it will be. Smoking may cause enough irritation of the lining of the nose to produce swelling and ultimately sinusitis. You would do well to try to stop smoking to prevent chronic changes in the nose. ...Read more

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How do I stop a stuffy nose from running?

How do I stop a stuffy nose from running?

It depends: If you have a cold, you can try a nose spray such as afrin for 2-3 days or an antihistamine. If you suffer from chronic allergies, an antihistamine (like loratadine, generic for claritin) may also be helpful. You can also use prescription nasal sprays with steroids or atrovent. Some people may benefit from doing nasal irrigation with a netipot. ...Read more

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Congestion/stuffy nose and mild couphing ?

Congestion/stuffy nose and mild couphing ?

Viral uri: These symptoms are consistent with a viral upper respiratory tract infection which usually runs its course in several days and doesn't require specific treatment. If you develop fever or worsening cough or prolonged sinus congestion, see your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Does wearing earplugs give you a stuffy nose?

Does wearing earplugs give you a stuffy nose?

No: Wearing earplugs should not result in nasal congestion. ...Read more

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What can I give a 2 month old for stuffy nose?

What can I give a 2 month old for stuffy nose?

Suctioning: Saline nasal drops and auctioning are all i would do. Babies have to breath through their nose so it is best to try to keep it clear. Sleeping in a car seat can also be helpful if it is affecting sleep. A humidifier can also help thin the mucous and allow it to drain. ...Read more

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How can a stuffy nose be treated in an infant?

Nasal saline: Liberal use of nasal saline wash or spray can help an infant thin out their nasal secretions & increase the effective size of their airway. Suction may or may not retrieve the excess & it's ok if it drains into the stomach. It can be used as often as needed.Also make an attempt to remove any aggravating odors or fumes from babies space. Smoke or perfumes can be hard on baby. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose and scabs, how should I treat this?

See family doctor: See your family doctor to find out if there may be an infection (particularly staph aureus) and give you something to relieve your nasal obstruction. ...Read more

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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

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