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Runny Nose After Swimming
This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more
3 ear infections in a row (over 2mths) for 2.5 & 3.5 year olds. Also had cold symptoms cough and runny nose. Started with swimming. Caused by it?
Swimming usually ok: Swimming CAN cause EXTERNAL ear infections (probably not what they had). Likely the culprit was a viral syndrome (cold with cough & runny nose). Repeat infections are not uncommon. But also keep in mind that it can takes months for the fluid to resolve from behind the eardrum, which can cause continued hearing issues and discomfort, and is NOT a re-infection, but is often misdiagnosed as such. ...Read more
Pool & stuffy noses: While pools are sometimes sources of allergens like molds & pollen (especially if outdoors), most nasal congestion following swimming is likely due to irritants like chlorine, temperature changes from getting in & out of the water, or positional changes (as you swim, blood that normally pools in the legs while upright flows towards the head more easily and fills the nasal tissues). ...Read more
My 11 y.O. Son always have a stuff nose after swimming in the pool anything I can do to prevent him from having stuff nose?
After swimming, I feel dizzy and have vertigo (only when I change head position quickly), this is a new problem for me?
BPPV-see neurologist: These symptoms may represent a headache or other neurological condition (for example, BPPV), sinus issues, vasovagal response, or a vascular/blood flow issue. You should keep a log of the location, timing, duration, and intensity of these episodes and take the log with you to a neurologist. Avoid sudden head turns. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001420.htm ...Read more
After swimming in a pool wearing new swimming shorts for 1rst time, I saw small red bumps on the head of my penis around the urethra and that hurts?
There is like a pressure in my right side of my head after swimming and I can still feel it today. Is it bad?
No: It is Otitis external.........can be easily treated......see PMD. ...Read more
Neti pot 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 A.M. ...Read more
Depends on cause: There are many causes of runny nose. Most commonly: allergic rhinitis and vasomotor rhinitis. More unusual and rare causes include spinal fluid leakage in someone who has had nasal surgery. First the cause should be identified by an allergist. If allergic in nature, there are a medications and immunotherapy, for vasomotor there are also medications and possible experimental surgery that can help. ...Read more
"Manage" is a good..: "manage" is a good word for what you do with a runny nose. "stop" would be a good word for what you do with a runny nose, if it were possible to stop it safely, but "manage" is what most people do -- with saline nose drops, more saline nose drops, and lots of tissue paper and patience. Antihistamines work if the runny nose is allergic; decongestants work poorly if at all. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: A runny nose can be from allergies, a condition with reflexes causing a runny nose (vasomotor rhinorhea), a common cold, rarely head trauma can cause a leak of cerebrospinal fluid. Except for the leak, Ipratropium Bromide Nasal Spray is very effective for a runny nose. Allergies can respond to antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays or antihistamine sprays. ...Read more
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
Depends on cause: Best to first find out the cause of a runny nose. Some people have a runny nose because of allergies, some because of vasomotor rhinitis, others because they have blockage in their nose, most commonly viruses. Seeing an allergist can help you. You can try saline rinsing your nose to help keep it clean of irritants. If you have allergies, allergy shot (immunotherapy) may cure your allergies. ...Read more
Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If they continue for more than 10-12 days, you may visit the pediatrician. ...Read more
Identify the trigger: While there are many causes for runny nose, persistent runny nose with itching, sneezing, congestion, may be due to allergies. While there are many antihistamines and nasal sprays available to treat allergies, it is prudent to identify the trigger. If there is a way to avoid the trigger, that could result in less medication and less symptoms. See an allergist. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Clear discharge is a symptom that is common to allergy, irritation by very hot or cold air, viral infections, to name a few. Each condition responds differently to medication. If your runny nose is seasonal, allergy is more likely. You may try an over the counter antihistamine such as cetirizine, fexofenadine or loratadine. If they don't help and your nose continues to run, see a physician. ...Read more
Allergy vs. Irritant: Clear runny nose with or without congestion is a common symptoms of allergies, especially if there is itching, sneezing or associated eye itching or watering. Clear runny nose with weather changes, eating hot food, etc is an irritant reaction. There is treatment for both--an allergist can assist by testing. ...Read more
Not uncommon: This is not uncommon as a symptom of teething, but it is also possible to have both a little cold and teething happing at same time. Cold teething ring can help. If symptoms persist or worsen, I would check in with your family physician or pediatrician. Make sure to get seen for all well baby checks and vaccinate as recommended. ...Read more
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