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Using Flonase With A Cold
Would/can albuterol or duoneb be taken to help breathing even with a cold or flu and while using sterile saline solution for nasal spray?
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 (oxymetazoline) passages and break up the biofilm where germs multiply. Tastes good too! Please skip the camphor and just use a warm mist humidifier. ...Read more
For their safety, always use cool-mist humidifiers for children: Hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close. In the event of a spill, hot water might also burn. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which may help ease coughing and congestion due to a cold. Warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air. By the time the water vapor reaches your child's lower airways, it's the same temperature regardless of whether it started out warm or cool. If you use a humidifier, be sure to keep it clean to prevent mineral buildup and the growth of bacteria and molds. Humidifiers that hold standing water, particularly cool-mist humidifiers, can disperse these materials into the air. Warm-mist humidifiers generally disperse less, if any, of these materials into the air. Emptying the tank and drying all surfaces of the humidifier daily is one way to safely keep it clean. Also, consider refilling the tank with bottled water that is labeled "distilled" or "purified," both of which contain lower mineral content than most tap water. ...Read more
After a head cold for a week I'm left with a dry, unproductive cough. I've tried decongestants, antihistamines, expectorant, and nothing helps. Help!
I use a CPAP machine with nasal pillows. I have a sinus infection along with significant post nasal drip. Should I stop CPAP temporarily?
Use face mask: If you can't breathe easily with nasal pillows, stopping CPAP will likely make you life more miserable because you are now dealing with not just a sinus infection and post nasal drip, but also a lack of sleep and less oxygenation to the brain. If possible, use a face mask for your CPAP, so you can mouth- breathe at night. ...Read more
For an allergic runny nose, which is better a topical vasoconstrictor before the topical steroid or vice versa?
23 month old with nasal congestion. Using humidifier and saline spray but no improvement. What else can I try?
My ent gave me instructions to use a saline nose spray rinse three times a day .can I use my Neil med sinus rinse as substitute? Is it same as saline?
Will Mucinex cold and sinus brand be a good decongestant to use with augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) with a sinus infection?
Not likely: Albutrol is effective on viral infection. If you have asthma that may be worsened by the infection, it may help in controlling asthma. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I use an over-the-counter nasal spray for congestion associated with allergies. Should I be concerned about nasal spray addiction?
What you may be referring to is a rebound effect that can occur if you use over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays regularly: After a few days of using this type of nasal spray, your nose may become less responsive to the effects of the medication. As a result, you may need to use more and more of the medication to control congestion. Your congestion also may worsen if you stop using the medication. Some people may mistake this rebound effect for addiction, but it isn't. True addiction is a compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance known to be physically, psychologically or socially harmful. Over-the-counter nasal sprays don't cause the physiological cravings that mark an addiction. To prevent rebound congestion, use over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays for no more than five days in a row, with as few doses as possible each day. Prescription nasal sprays containing steroids don't cause this rebound effect, so they can be used on a daily basis for years. ...Read more
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