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I have had a really bad infection and am left with bad sinuses, is it advised to take nasal decongestant spray or will it make it worse?
You can, but: Don't exceed few days, then it might be worse if you continue as nasal decongestants may cause rebound congestion. Keep the saline nasal washes though, if problem continues, kindly see your doctor/ENT for evaluation, good luck ...Read more
Yes, but: Nasal decongestant sprays should not be used regularly. Oral decongestant pills can be taken with acid reducers. ...Read more
Yes just limit: Yes, it also depends on the nasal decongestant. Just don't do it for more than 3 days. ...Read more
Should be fine: Ask your doctor for a specific recommendation if you are worried. Even your local pharmacist could be a good source of advice. ...Read more
How do I get relief from nasal congesgtion if I have a heart condition and can't take decongestants?
No interactions: You can take these two medications together as there aren't any clear contraindications. ...Read more
The right side of my nose is very tender like if it was black and blue but isn't. This started yesterday and caused a headache. I do take an over-the-counter nasal decongestant because my nose always feels stuffed up if I don't. Yesterday morning I woke
It: It is unclear on whether your otc decongestant is a nasal spray or pill. If it is a spray, I agree with dr. Funari that useage beyond 3-5 days can lead to rebound congestion (rhinitis medicamentosa) and actually worsen your condition. If your nasal decongestant is in pill form (i.e., Pseudoephedrine containing) this will not create that type of condition. I also can not be sure where your tenderness is, but a common cause of nasal tenderness on the inside of the lower 1/3 of the nose (nostril area) is vestibulitis, or inflammation around a nasal hair follicle or oil gland. To be sure, and help with your nasal breathing difficulties, I would seek the advice of an ent. ...Read more
Suggestions: Sudafed and afrin are safe decongestants, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and nasal steroids ok for allergy symptoms. Honey is a good cough suppressant. Oral steroids for severe allergy symptoms or oral narcotics for severe cough are ok. Best to clear any meds with OB or pediatrician. ...Read more
I take regular sudafed but its only unclogging one nostril. Are there any other nasal decongestants that are non drowsy?
Yes: The best decongestants are inhaled intranasal steroids and they are recommended for allergies. Sudafed is ok short term, the over the counter version "Afrin" can potentially cause rebound increased congestion. If this is chronic congestion, you should probably see a physician for Rx for intranasal steroids. They are non drowsy. ...Read more
I take carbamazepine XR for epilepsy. What nasal decongestants may I take (home remedies/OTC)? Cold s/sx prevent me from sleeping. Thanks.
I took 2 NyQuil right before bed and after laying in bed I feel like my stuffy nose is getting worse. I hAve some DayQuil sever cold and flu with nasal decongestant, can I take one or two of those now to help break up the mucus a little or is that too mu
And: Stop all this over the counter. Causes some side effects like increase in bp. Now try very hot fluids to open up the sinus rest give this a few days if you get worse see your doctor. Takes several weeks to resolve. Most often viral. ...Read more
Pressure in my head, post nasal drip. Nausea, sinus pressure. Could I have infection? Cant take decongestant I have high Bp now that I have sinusitis.
See doctor: You need to see your doctor to diagnose and treat your condition properly. ...Read more
My 2 year old has a stuffy runny nose. Is it safe for her to take children's cold medicine with decongestant now that she is over two years?
Safe or worthwhile?: Many studies over the past decade have shown no benefit of these preparations to kids under 12. They are actually discouraged for anyone under 6 because of the frequency of ER visits associated with overuse. They used to be prescription meds decades ago but in truth really just give you something to do. ...Read more
Is there a decongestant for nose & cough that I can give my 11 year old son? His weight is 105 pounds and he takes 50mg of Zoloft & 2mg of Abilify (aripiprazole).
Colds: You can trial any OTC tussin DM product you like to see if they will help his symptoms - it is really variable on how much they help. You can also use warm fluids with honey to help soothe his cough. Cough is a protective function so suppressing it aggressively is counter-productive. Saline nasal spray to aid in thinning the secretions in his nose and sinuses is also worth trying. ...Read more
Okay to take a decongestant (400mg guaifenesin + 10mg phenylephrine hcl) while I am doing an allergy patch test? Nose is stuffy, congestion in lungs.
The meds won't: Affect the patch testing. Take care!Get a more detailed answer ›
My 6 month old baby has been nose congested for 3 months now & snores at night, tried humidifier, saline drops, is it allegies? Can he take decongestant?
Not the best: Over the counter cold medicines are no longer recommended for children, because studies have not shown that they really help, and they often cause side effects. You should see your child's doctor to figure this out since it has lasted so long. It would be unusual to have this much trouble with allergies so young but there is a simple ige blood test to check for allergies. ...Read more
Can you take zyrtec with 15mg of escitalopram probiotic nasonex (mometasone) and if so will it help decongestant my ears and nose?
I EBF my 5mo and I've gotten sick stuffy nose, sore throat, nasty cough, stuffy head is there anything OTC I can take? I know no to decongestants
Symptomatic treatmen: It sounds as though you both have viral upper respiratory infections. The main treatment is to keep the nose clear using saline nasal mist. If there is a fever or not feeling well you could also use some acetaminophen or Tylenol. Respiratory illnesses last 4 to 7 days. Adults can use honey for A cough. ...Read more
Possibly: Overdosing is technically speaking when you take more of a medicine than is prescribed. If you mean, can you get a serious medical complication from overuse, the answer is that it is possible, but uncommon. Overuse of nasal decongestants like afrin can lead to insomnia, increased heart rate and nervousness. Risk of more serious side effects higher if you have hypertension or heart disease. ...Read more
For ongoing relief you really want to maintain decongestion without having to redose. Frequently, when people have allergies they benefit from allergy meds (nasal steroid and antihistamine) and possible phenylephrine decongestant that is 12-hours. It is taken once in the AM and repeated in the PM. This is ideal relief. 24-hour decongestants can dry your throat. ...Read more
Yes: These drugs are compatible. If using topical nasal decongestant follow directions on bottle as prolonged use can create problems. Oral decongestants compatible. ...Read more
No to decongestanats: The best decongestants are the nasal steroids, all of which require a prescription. Topical decongestants may cause damage if used for longer than 5 days. Oral decongestants can raise blood pressure even in young people in addition to the symptoms already mentioned. ...Read more
Avamys: That is a medication sold in the phillippines. It is the same medication as that sold in the U.S. Under the prescription name of veramyst. It is a nasal steroid used for nasal allergies. ...Read more
Nasal decongestants: While nasal decongestant sprays or drops can provide some temporary relief from nasal obstruction, they should not be used for more than three days (check the very small print on the bottle). If used for longer, a "rebound" effect will occur, and nasal congestion becomes worse and more difficult to treat. Additionally, longer use of nasal decongestants can permanently damage the nasal septum. ...Read more
Depends: Post nasal drip is a feeling and not a clinical condition or a pathological entity. It is that abnormal feeling of mucus in the throat and it can be due to many different causes ranging from allergies, sinus infections and viruses to atypical reflux or a reaction to things that you eat and drink. I have cured more people of "postnasal drip" by having them stop drinking coffee tea and soda. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline: When used for short time frames, 3-5 days, it is very effective. Longer use causes rebound congestion that is quite problematic. ...Read more
What is the difference between nasal decongestant and antihistamine? When do you use each med? Which one is better?
Allergies: A nasal decongestant can be a nasal steroid, a nasal vasoconstrictor such as afrin and an oral decongestant such as pseudoephedrine. The nasal steroid is the safest long term option. The other 2 carry significant side effects. An antihistamine helps with the sneezing, runny nose and itching symptoms. ...Read more
Is there a nasal decongestant spray that can be used daily? One that is more safe then others that you could recommend so I can ask my dr about?
If you need:
A decongestant DAILY sounds like you need an allergy evaluation!!!! You might try a "steroid" spray like Naso-cort! While it is NOT for acute decongestion it will after a while help your symptoms is allergy is the culprit!!
NB NO DECONGESTANT SPRAY SHOULD BE USED DAILY (In my opinion)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more