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What is the best allergy medicine for nasal congestion?

What is the best allergy medicine for nasal congestion?

Pseudoephedrine: Decongestants work best for nasal congestion, and there is only one over the counter medication that works well for this problem, and that is pseudoephedrine. This medication is only available by asking the pharmacist. Nasal steroid sprays are the most effective medication for childhood allergies, in children over the age of 2, when medications are needed on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What is the best natural medicine for allergies, specifically nasal congestion?

What is the best natural medicine for allergies, specifically nasal congestion?

Nasal Saline: The safest and in many cases, effective, is nasal irrigation with saline, available in any store. You can also add a nasal lubricant; there are many brands, my favorite are Rhinaris and Nasogel. If these are effective, great. If not, my suggestion would be to try OTC medications, most of which are safe and effective. Not nasal decongestants. ...Read more

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Best allergy medicine for nasal congestion?

Best allergy medicine for nasal congestion?

Nasal steroid spray: The most effective treatment for the nasal congestion associated with allergies is topical nasal steroid sprays. These include qnasl, zetonna, flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) veramyst, rhinocort, etc. These are safe and effective. ...Read more

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What is best natural solution/medicine for allergies, symptoms : nasal congestion?

What is best natural solution/medicine for allergies, symptoms : nasal congestion?

Saline: Saline nasal spray or rinses can help with allergy symptoms. Otherwise there are numerous medicines that are safe and effective. ...Read more

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My allergies have gotten really bad (nasal congestion) since hitting perimenopause, what can I do outside of traditional choices?

My allergies have gotten really bad (nasal congestion) since hitting perimenopause, what can I do outside of traditional choices?

If it really is: Allergies you may want to consider having a blood test to identify which are allergic to and find a doctor that does sublingual therapy. ...Read more

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After getting allergies I've chronic nasal congestion that switches sides. I tried everything nothing helps what can it be, m always congested.

After getting allergies I've chronic nasal congestion that switches sides. I tried everything nothing helps what can it be, m always congested.

Allergies can be: A source of chronic congestion. 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 am & pm. ...Read more

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Is inflamation the only cause of constant nasal congestion? Outside of allergies both food and other... I have horrible nasal congestion every day.

Is inflamation the only cause of constant nasal congestion? Outside of allergies both food and other... I have horrible nasal congestion every day.

Vasomotor, pregnancy: Please see this site for information on this topic.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003049.htm. ...Read more

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What are some ways to help nasal congestion not caused by allergies?

What are some ways to help nasal congestion not caused by allergies?

Blocked nose: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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I don't have any known allergies but I have a lot of nasal congestion daily since december to the point I can not breathe through my nose.

I don't have any known allergies but I have a lot of nasal congestion daily since december to the point I can not breathe through my nose.

Many possibilities: You can develop allergies at almost any age...An allergist can take a history and do some simple testing to help you figure it out. Sometimes chronic nasal congestion is from "over-active" sinus tissue, and not from an allergy. Either way there are very good treatments to help you. This is an annoying symptom, but usually not serious. After so many months seeing an allergist would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Have been taking claratin 10 mg for few days and getting excellent sleep. Does this mean my main pblm is allergy and not nasal congestion?

Have been taking claratin 10 mg for few days and getting excellent sleep. Does this mean my main pblm is allergy and not nasal congestion?

Could be, but: Allergy is a sort of chronic inflammation, and that can lead to congestion too, if claritin helped, fine, stay on it, use it regularly for sometime, even if you have no symptoms, read the labels carefully to make sure it suits you. If later symptoms develop, and claritin isn't as effective, you may want to see an allergist if u have access to one in your area, or follow up with your ENT specialist ...Read more

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I don't have allergies but I do have allergy like reaction (including nasal congestion) to dust, smoke, scents, etc. Did that cause my dark circles?

I don't have allergies but I do have allergy like reaction (including nasal congestion) to dust, smoke, scents, etc. Did that cause my dark circles?

Non Allergic Rhiniti: Rhinitis is the condition that causes nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, and a runny nose. It can be caused by allergies or not caused by allergies -- this is called non allergic rhinitis (nar). Nar is caused by strong odors perfumes, smoke and other irritants.
I would challenge the statement that allergy testing is too cumbersome, costly and painful to perfume. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness) due to seasonal allergies. Is it ok to take nasocort in the am and pm. It is not lasting long enough.

I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness) due to seasonal allergies. Is it ok to take nasocort in the am and pm. It is not lasting long enough.

Yes: Make sure to rinse your mouth out after since steroids increase risk of thrush. If symptoms persist despite the nasocort for more than a few days, you may have a sinus infection and might need antibiotics. If you don't start improving in the next few days see your doctor. ...Read more

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Will taking prometrium for perimenopause improve my nasal congestion (allergies)?

Probably not: Progesterone may increase nasal congestion. Prometrium, micronized progesterone, even administered by mouth, has less side effects than other preparations and less likely to cauase it. However, it would be unlikely to improve nasal congetion. ...Read more

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Every morning I sneeze, I've had nasal congestion for months. Can I just randomly develop allergies?

Every morning I sneeze, I've had nasal congestion for months. Can I just randomly develop allergies?

Yes: Allergy can develop at any time in life although a majority of the people first develop their allergic disease in childhood. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion?

How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion?

Fever: The main difference between allergic congestion and a virus is that allergies don't cause fever. If you don't have a fever, look at the duration - congestion from a virus typically lasts less than a week. Nasal steroid sprays work best for the congestion of allergies; if severe, the use of decongestant nasal sprays for 5 days or less will offer the best relief. ...Read more

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Can Flonase be used to treat nasal congestion that’s due to the common cold, or is strictly for allergy-related congestion?

Can Flonase be used to treat nasal congestion that’s due to the common cold, or is strictly for allergy-related congestion?

Allergy only: Nasal steroid does nothing when the congestion is caused by a cold. Topical nasal congestant spray may be used for up to 5 days. ...Read more

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I have constant nasal congestion. I take no meds and I've tried allergy pills, neti pots, and sprays which all give temp relief, now what?

I have constant nasal congestion. I take no meds and I've tried allergy pills, neti pots, and sprays which all give temp relief, now what?

A doctor's visit: Looks like you already tried all otc remedies without symptoms relief, the next appropriate step is to come see a specialist in allergy or ent. Prolonged, untreated rhinitis can lead to more serious problems like chronic sinusitis. There are several good prescribed treatment options for your case. ...Read more

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I have had nasal congestion for almost a month that has not gone away. I have taken allergy meds, sprays, and nasal decongestants. None have helped.

I have had nasal congestion for almost a month that has not gone away. I have taken allergy meds, sprays, and nasal decongestants. None have helped.

Nasal congestion: Was this precipitated by a cold (URI) or allergies? Any history of chemicals inhaled which are irritants like paints, glues, or diesel exhaust. Is your environment dry in your home? As you can see there may be an underlying factor contributing to this. Another more obvious thing would be nasal trauma. You need ENT exam with fiberoptic scope to check you out and put together a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have no nasal congestion and a dry cough but I can feel something rattling around in my chest when I cough I have no other symptoms either is this allergies or a cold?

I have no nasal congestion and a dry cough but I can feel something rattling around in my chest when I cough I have no other symptoms either is this allergies or a cold?

Could be either: They symptoms are likely related to an upper respiratory infection; however depending on the time sequence and persistence of symptoms, allergies could be playing a role if there is no improvement in the near future.

Should the symptoms persist or should they worsen, I recommend seeing your primary doctor and possibly an allergist. ...Read more

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I went to ENT and was diagnosed with allergies. Is it common to have a slight headache w/ nasal congestion as a symptom? How long will it last?

I went to ENT and was diagnosed with allergies. Is it common to have a slight headache w/ nasal congestion as a symptom? How long will it last?

Yes, depends: Yes, common allergic symptoms. It will last as long as your are exposed to the causative allergen (s) or you treat the allergy. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture temporary or permanent solution? (for: atopic dermatitis, stress, allergies, nasal congestion)

Is acupuncture temporary or permanent solution? (for: atopic dermatitis, stress, allergies, nasal congestion)

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a skill and some acupuncturists are truly better at their trade than others. In good hands, and coupled with chinese herbals, a patient can have really good relief from most any type of condition. The symptoms you describe, however, sound like a combination of food and environmental allergies. You may want to consider eliminating cows milk and wheat from your diet too. ...Read more

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Do I have to fix deviated septum for constant nasal congestion? Is the procedure dangerous? I have allergies, deviated septum, atopic dermatitis.

Do I have to fix deviated septum for constant nasal congestion? Is the procedure dangerous? I have allergies, deviated septum, atopic dermatitis.

Septoplasty: If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist or facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My allergies have spontaneously gotten very bad including intense nasal congestion for 5 days and waking up with crusty eyes, and nasal discharge?

My allergies have spontaneously gotten very bad including intense nasal congestion for 5 days and waking up with crusty eyes, and nasal discharge?

What's your question: Go see your Family Doc if over-the-counter allergy medications aren't enough to control your symptoms. Of course, try to figure out what's changed. Weather? Pollen season? Trees & flowers in bloom? Mold w/humidifier use? New foods? Failing that, your Family Doc can evaluate you & offer prescription options. If that doesn't work, s/he can refer to an Allergist for further testing. Maybe allergy sho ...Read more

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Most mornings I wake up with a runny nose and very often have nasal congestion. No temperature & I feel fine. No known allergies. Vasomotor rhinitis?

Most mornings I wake up with a runny nose and very often have nasal congestion. No temperature & I feel fine. No known allergies. Vasomotor rhinitis?

Combination problems: Congestion after lying down is due to dilation of nasal tissues related to gravity. That said, if your septum was straight you probably wouldn't feel congested. Also, most people have at least mild allergies so when you say "no known" do you mean negative tests? It turns our there is a commin condition called "local allergic rhinitis" where the nose is allergic but tests are negative. See an ent. ...Read more

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Bad allergies (nasal congestion/itchy eyes/etc) with no relief from daily claritind. What are other options? (shots? Prescriptions? Anything else?)

Bad allergies (nasal congestion/itchy eyes/etc) with no relief from daily claritind. What are other options? (shots? Prescriptions? Anything else?)

Dietary will help: Making sure to hydrate well and cutting out sugars, dairy, sodas, processed foods, desserts will reduce phlegm production. Cut out tobacco, as that can be contributory too. There are eye drops that help reduce allergies but you must see your eye doctor first. Cool compresses are also useful over eyes. ...Read more

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Nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort aq or flonase, which quicker for nasal congestion/ seasonal allergies? I also nasal colloidal silve-nott o2 binding, will that work

Nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort aq or flonase, which quicker for nasal congestion/ seasonal allergies? I also nasal colloidal silve-nott o2 binding, will that work

Nasal sprays: All nasal steroids take a few days to start working and need to build up a dose before they become fully effective. Nasal antihistamines are quicker in onset of actiion. A combination nasal spray should help your symptoms for fast and long lasting relief. Now I don't know anything about the coooloidal silver spray you mentioned. ...Read more

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Can I take Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain with Allegra Allergy 24 hour together? I have a cold with nasal congestion.

Can I take Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain with Allegra Allergy 24 hour together? I have a cold with nasal congestion.

No benefit: Yes, but there is no added benefit to take the Allegra (fexofenadine) since it doesn't help much when you have a cold. An older antihistamine like Chlorpheneramine may help with runny nose but may cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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Can you have sinusitis without nasal congestion? I have all the symptoms, headache, cheeck pain, tooth pain and sneezing from allergies...

Can you have sinusitis without nasal congestion? I have all the symptoms, headache, cheeck pain, tooth pain and sneezing from allergies...

YES: Although nasal congestion is usually present in patients with acute/chronic sinusitis the infection itself can be primary and a part of a generalized "upper respiratory" infection. Bacterial infections of the sinus is often by organisms which "reside" there and are "activated" by a viral infection of the throat/nose upper airway.
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Congested Nose (Definition)

Congested nose = stuffy nose. Partial or full blockage of nasal passages due to swelling of blood ...Read more


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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more