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What Can I Do For A Stuffy Nose
Water, water: Drink lots of water. Breathe steam [easy: make a cup of tea and inhale the steam]. Try salt water nose rinses [spray, bottle like neilmed, or neti pot]. Consider over the counter decongestants. Figure out *why* your nose is stuffy: infection? Allergies? Good luck. Hope you can breathe easily soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm >>. ...Read more
Runny nose: Runny nose is just a symptom. It usually comes either from a cold or from allergic symptoms (usually lasting longer than 3-5 days). Allergies usually respond well to otc antihistamines like Claritin or claritin-d. Cold symptoms tend to be more profuse, and the best treatment is with otc nasal spray like afrin, but you can't use it for more than 3 days, or your nose gets hooked on it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends why running: If your nose was fine and now it's runny then you may have a cold or allergies. You can try an antihistamine decongestant combination and see if that helps. If your nose is just always runny then you may have vasomotor rhinitis. A prescription medication called Atrovent Nasal Spray can help for this. When the nose is an issue it's always a good idea to see an ENT doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neti pots can : Educe 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
OTC meds OK: Provided you have an uncomplicated pregnancy (no issues with elevated bp, in particular), otc decongestants and antiallergy medications are thought to be safe if used in limited quantities. Large doses of decongestants can cause constriction of blood vessels, so i recommend use only sparingly. Other remedies include use of a warm mist humidifier or drinking warm liquids, such as decaf tea. ...Read more
Sore throat : Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Flu: Body aches with a runny/stuffy nose is more likely flu or a flu-like virus and not a simple cold. If symptom onset has been in the past 24 hours... Tamiflu (oseltamivir) could be used to shorten symptoms.... Otherwise... Symptom relief and chicken noodle soup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have ongoing stuffy and running nose for two months, I want to see a ENT but what more can they do for me as I am pregnant. I want to find out why I have such bad stuffy nose and how to get rid of it.
Stuffy nose pregnant: There is rhinitis of pregnancy see http://www.babycenter.com/0_stuffy-nose-during-pregnancy_1076.bc DO NOT use a humidifier it is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Xyzal is an anithistamine that is category B approved for use in pregnancy. If related to allergies, as in spring consider HEPAair purifier for bedroom , like Hunter Quietflo at Home Depot online ...Read more
What should I do if I have a runny nose, itchy nose, and sneeze and I have a spray called nasonex (mometasone) will it help?
See an allergist: The combination of nasal congestion and allergy symptoms are consistent with allergic rhinitis. Sinus symptoms include pain and pressure in the face, yellow-green nasal discharge and pain between the eyes or rarely pain on top of the head. Inasmuch as you do not mention these in your complaint, it is unlikely that you have sinusitis. You should consult an allergist. Decongestant, antihistamine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a cough a sore throat diarrhea stuffy nose and a fever what is it and what can I do to treat it?
See your doctor: If your symptoms have been going on for this long, its time to see your doctor. He/she will examine you and probably run some tests to try to get an idea of whats going on. ...Read more
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