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Reason For Stuffy Nose
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
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
?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
Can you have chronic sinusitis without a stuffy nose? I have a lot of sinus pressure, runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, NO CONGESTION.
Best treatment for stuffy nose for 1y.o. baby when she has cold. No fever, no other running nose, just stuffy.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have runny nose, congested nose, sneezing fits, headache, post-nasal drip and sometimes cough for almost 2 years now. Do I have rhinitis?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
What could be a possible reason why i wake up with a stuffy nose and watery ears? I don't have allergies but i'm starting to think i do.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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