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Saline Nose Medication
Is inflammation of the nasal septum lining treated with medication or will saline rinses be the best?
Nasal sprays: Inflammation of the nasal mucosa or lining is best treated with a topical nasal steroid spray like flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. These nasal steroid sprays take some time (months) to work and should be used every day, not just for a week or two. Additionally, nasal saline sprays will help by keeping the nasal lining moist because dryness can cause more inflammation. Think about a humidifier at night. ...Read more
Is it okay if I use a saline solution for nasal congestion while I am on benzonatate ? The medication said may cause nasal congestion.
Saline nasal allergy spray called asteoto. it's main ingredient is azelastine hcl. could that show up on my drug test?
No, but sedating: Tons of meds cause false-positive results in drug tests. It depends on the actual testing reagents. Here's just one ex: http://www.pharmacologyweekly.com/articles/drug-classes-cause-false-positive-urine-drug-screen. Be honest reporting all meds, even if they won't show. Your antihistamine drops are considered sedating, so may be prohibited if you are a pilot/ATC. Consider montelukast. Works well. ...Read more
I used the noseFrida to suck baby's nose since it was blocked, used saline drops as well to loosen, but someone told me it's not good to over suck the nose can cause problems? Also musnt use the drops alot ?
Exactly: Use any treatment in moderation, don’t overuse it and it will work as it was intended to, good advice ...Read more
Would it be ok if I gave my baby little remedies for her nose. The saline drops? I heard alot of people use those. Is it safe for my 2 month baby?
Saline too drying?: Saline nasal sprays usually have a salt content equal to our body's tissues and can provide much needed moisture. However, if the lining of the nose is inflamed & sensitive, saline can be irritating and make it feel even drier. Occasionally doctors prescribe Hypertonic Saline with a salt content greater than the body's tissues; in some, this higher salt content could "dehydrate" the nasal lining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Waking up 2 weeks dry bloody crusty nose when blow my nose throughout day yellow bloody use saline drops don't seem to help much ne suggestions?
If...: If this has been two weeks of persistent symptoms especially if associated with facial pain and significant congestion might be time to have antibiotics prescribed. Usually fluids, rest and OTC meds are recommended in the first few days but after that long if not better then a bacterial infection is possible. Go to your dr. or urgent care for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
How do I put saline drops in my newborns nose? im scared to do it and him drown if not done just riget. he is only 3wks and suction does not help
Squirt it in: Some advise a trickle, I use it as a hose. The kid will often throttle or sneeze in the process and that helps push the saline around in the nose to wash of debris.I lay them longways on my lap and squirt as needed, with the bulb on hand if needed. ...Read more
Tub water went up son's nose. Worried about deadly amoeba (see news about Seattle woman). Rinsed w/ saline. Any more prophylaxes available? thnx!
Source of water ?: If you pipe in water to your home from the warm waters of a farm tank or slow stream or other such wild source you may have an issue. If your water comes from the city water treatment plant you don't. Naegleria fowleri, that deadly amoeba has specific growth requirements that make it one of the rarest of all infectious conditions. It does not get into approved city water supplies. ...Read more
My nose is stuffy hurts and I have no saline solutions and it feels itchy what can I use to help it and its autumn now could it be fall allergies?
Yes fall allergies: The fall pollen counts are extremely high due to the hot dry summer. You probably are experiencing fall allergies. Antihistamines may help (claritin, zyrtec, Allegra are all long acting and non-sedating and available without prescription) . A nasal saline solution may help cleanse the nasal passages as well, to gain relief from the itchy nose. ...Read more
My 2 day old infant is having cold, due to which her nose is choked. We're using a saline nasal drop as needed. Kindly provide your input on this. ?
Nasal congestion: At 2do the primary cause of congestion are irritants. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that don't bother adults but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am on oxygen and have problems with my nose stuffing up.. I have saline nose drops but doesn't seem to help much... Night time is the worst for me.
Is it humidified?: Should have (or be able to get) an in-line humidifer for your oxygen cannula, especially to use at night, which should substantially improve your symptoms. Can also intermittently use afrin type nasal spray (not more than once a day) -or- can move prongs of nasal cannula into your mouth, particularly if tend to mouth-breathe at rest/sleep. ...Read more
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
Yes: If you take the Flonase about 15 to 30 minutes after the saline irrigation, that would be acceptable. You do not want to take the Flonase immediately after the saline because you would dilute the effect of the topical nasal steroid (flonase). In addition, you should not take the saline immediately after the Flonase because you would dilute the steroid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes/yes: This is the preferred method of managing nasal congestion in the first months of life. You can squirt it in and let it wash debris into the stomach. Little babies don't have the sneeze power to sneeze stuff out and most can't mouth breathe effectively until 6-8 mo to bypass the congestion. ...Read more
Is it okay if saline nasal rinse hit the middle nose septum if it's red and swollen or will that help it ?
Nasal saline : it is perfect to do this. You can make your own by mixing 1 tsp salt (not mortons) to 32 ounces of water. Use a syringe and use 50 cc to each nose 4 to 5 times a day. Use some bacitracin in the nose for ointment. It will soften the lining of the nose. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more
I am using a humidifer and saline nose drops with my 6week old and it seems she is getting worse. What wlse can I do?
Check with doc: Often when newborns get colds, they sounds much worse than they actually are. Because there noses are so small the air going through can make a lot of noise like a trumpet, and it can take 7-10 days before they sounds less stuffy. In newborns, it takes a lot of practice to know what is a cold and what isn't, esp with first child, so always better to see their doctor if in doubt. Call with any fever! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was going to give my 2month baby saline drops. But her pediatrician said not to. And her nose is still running. What should I do?
My 1yo has a stuffy nose, no cold or illness. Is there anything that can be used to clear his nasal passage? Saline drops haven't helped much.
Saline drops are: the only thing recommended at this age, along with suctioning his nose with a nasal aspirator. You can also use a vaporizer or humidifier in his room if your house is dry. If he has a fever or it's affecting his sleeping or eating, he should be seen by his doctor to make sure there's not an ear infection or other problem. ...Read more
I use simply saline and it works sometimes but I feel like im using it wrong? I just bend my head forward a little and I spray it straight up my nose.
Should work: To clear mucous and help sinuses drain. ...Read more
My baby is 4 months and his got a congested nose and has started coughing. What can I give him? I have been using Saline and suction on nose. We are on holiday in Cape Town and stay on the beach front. Could it be the moisture?
Only need saline: In babies the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run.Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more
Meds for turbinates: Hello, yes, saline is a great medication to start with. After the saline use, the thickened mucus will reduce in essence cleaning your nose. Using a steroid nasal spray like Nasacort (triamcinolone) or Flonase after a saline spray will allow the steroid spray to better treat the mucus membranes since the thickened mucus layer covering the membranes has been washed away. Afrin is another option but only for 5 days ...Read more
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
My baby has chest congestion, i'm using the saline and bulb syringe, but nothing comes out her nose. Am i doing something wrong?
Tried 2do saline spray nose rinse and it wouldn't come out the other side no matter what way i held my head. Came out my eyes it seemed. Advice?
Could have fistula: I'm not quite sure what you mean. If you do saline nasal rinse it will be tasted in your throat it won't come out other side of nose. The two sides of the nose are separate. If it came out you eye the you have an abnormal connection between your nose and your tearing system which could be a fistula. You should see an ENT specialist. ...Read more
I have mucus stuck in my nasal cavity, i am using saline spray but it does not seem to help much , it clears my nose but not the open goes down .
Mucous: Please have your primary doctor refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. Let me know how things go. ...Read more
Sprayed a remover on mold under my sink.Ricocheted into my face.No mask. Showered and irrigated nose w saline.Mild headache & sinusitis 1 day later?
My babies nose is super congested help! i've used bulb strung saline spray cool mist humidifie and steamy shower u keep sucking stuff out but ita lo?
My 7 month old child has had a runny nose for the past week what can I do to stop it? I have tried saline drops the bulb suction and i just bought a v
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
22 months old have a viral tonsilitis, and on antibiotic 7 days .But her nose is still extremely stuffed. Saline drops and decong.Doesn't work at all!
Saline drops are it: If the tonsillitis is viral there is no reason for the antibiotic. Stuffiness are part of a respiratory virus and needs to resolve on its own. I know your child is uncomfortable but there is not much you can do but wait it out. The fda has warned against using decongestants in young children. You certainly know from your own experience that you can be stuffy for days when you get a cold. ...Read more
My baby 1 months have runny and blocked nose and the mucous come back when he was sleep and he use dimethinden oral drops and saline nasal drops and no benefit?
How long?: Although a 1- month old baby tends to have resistance to infection, he is not entirely immune to a cold. If this has been present for just a few days. keep on doing what you have been doing. However if this has been present for >10 days or getting worse, I would ask the doctor to check him out. Certainly food allergy needs be considered if he is fed artificial formula. ...Read more
My 7 month old has stuffy nose. What can I give her or do to help the stuffy nose and congestion? I am doing the saline spray/drop
?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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi all i was cleaning my nose with saline water and water came out of my left ear, its is blocked and im feeling pain. Could zs be serious ?
Perforation: When cleaning the nose with mouth closed and with pressure, this can open the eustachian tube and indeed although not often can cause fluid to go up to the ears. For the water to come our of the ear, there has to be a perforation in the tympanic membrane which may not be new since the pressure allowed water to come out but with the acute pain, have it evaluated by md or ent. ...Read more
I used a saline spray right before realizing it had a terrible odor. It's old too. Bacteria? Threw it away, but im worried I got bacteria in my nose?
What is normal underarm temperature for three month old. She has cough and stopped up nose. Dr said just use saline drops if she doesn't have fever. ?
Below 100 F: Saline drops are best at this age, no prescription meds under 6 months unless very ill, in which case you see your doctor-Peds ...Read more