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What Is The Best Otc Cure For Stopped Up Or Stuffy Noses
Zyrtec, (cetirizine) saline: For otc drying try zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you can handle the sedation. Don't drive on benadryl (diphenhydramine). Nasal saline rinses can be helpful. Some people swear pseudophed dries them out but i don't know why. Better airflow i suppose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does my cat allergy make me cough? Along with the sneezing and runny nose, I cough. Is loratadine effective for this?WHAT is the best treatment?
Simple...: The cat skin,hair cells enters your body by your nasal passage.that is why sneezing and cough( body trying to expel it ), runny nose because of your immune cells reacting with the cat antigen causing swelling and inflammation and oozing of fluid. Nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray will help better. The best way is to keep the cat outside the house,after that ventilate the house well, use Nasonex (mometasone),loratadine prn. ...Read more
10yr daughter has sinus infection and taking antibiotics for it, but has stuffy nose and can't sleep at night. What is the best remedy for relief?
Home remedies: A 10 year old girl with a sinus infection on antibiotics, wants to know what best relief is from stuffy nose/trouble sleeping. Try some simple home remedies like nasal saline sinus irrigations or sprays before bedtime. Sitting in bathroom with steam to open nostrils and airways. Also can try an oral antihistamine like cetirizine (zyrtec) before bed. ...Read more
What is the best medicine for ear and nose congestion plus post nasal drip that will not cause insomnia or my heart to race?
How to find allergen for allergy?I sneeze a lot with running nose and sometimes blocked nose. What is the reason n treatment for it.
Antihistamine: The symptoms you are describing are usually (but not always) due to allergies. An antihistamine (like benedryl, zyrtec, Claritin (loratadine) or allegra) is most likely to be helpful. Side effects (mostly sleepiness) are different for different antihistamines, so choose one appropriate to your needs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a doctor: The best way to do is to see your doctor to get proper diagnosis and treatment. Common cold or viral rhinitis, bacterial infection or allergic rhinosinustis can cause similar presentations. A more detailed history and physical examinations are needed. You can try otc cold/sinus/allergies medications but if it does not work, you need a different treatment by your doctors. ...Read more
Saline solution: Are very cheap. Apply that on the nose, topically or use a spray mist, dry it with fresh q tips and coat your nostril with aquaphor ointment, vaseline or a & d ointment. May repeat as often as needed. At times you may need allergy med or prescription nose spray if severe. Steaming up the bathroom help loosen up very stuffed up nose especially the little babies. Breathe better after a shower, right? ...Read more
Depends: Clear runny nose (called rhinorrhea) can be related to a cold in which case it will resolve on it's own within 7-10 days. Prolonged clear runny nose could be an allergy. If that's the case, it should respond well to a new generation antihistamine such as zyrtec, Claritin (loratadine) or allegra. Each of these comes as a syrup. If it doesn't respond, a physician can assist in evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a chronic runny nose during allergy season, but no other allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes or sneezing. Is there an antihistamine that tends to work better for runny nose only? How long should I stay on an antihistamine to tell if it works befo
Allegra & Claritin (loratadine): Allegra (fexofenadine) & Claritin (loratadine) (loratidine) have the advantage of long duration of action (~24 hours) and lack of sedation. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is nearly as good but 1 in 12 users get drowsy on this one. All otc antihistamines treat all symptoms of allergic noses and eyes except for stuffy nose. Buy the generic versions and get the same effect at lower cost. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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