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What is the best OTC to take for drainage and runny nose?

What is the best OTC to take for drainage and runny nose?

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 more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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Runny nose, drainage from nose in back throat, sneezing, head pressure, have orthostatic hypotension, any suggestions on OTC medicine I can take?

Runny nose, drainage from nose in back throat, sneezing, head pressure, have orthostatic hypotension, any suggestions on OTC medicine I can take?

Insuff information: You need to see an internist to be properly triaged. Stuffy noses are common, orthostatic hypotension is a real problem that needs to be addressed. Do not know what meds you are taking, or prior medical history. ...Read more

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Have a runny nose all the time but don't have a cold and it runs down my throat a lot of drainage what can I take?

Have a runny nose all the time but don't have a cold and it runs down my throat a lot of drainage what can I take?

Nasal drip: Try over-the-counter zyrtec or Allegra or generic antihistamines and see if it improves your postnasal drip. If not see ENT or allergist to get a allergy work up and prescribe nasal steroid or antihistamine. ...Read more

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8 1/2 month old w/ stuffy/runny nose drainage down throat some difficulty breathing and fever but can't get an accurate read, should I take him to er?

8 1/2 month old w/ stuffy/runny nose drainage down throat some difficulty breathing and fever but can't get an accurate read, should I take him to er?

Viral syndrome: If the difficult breathing is more than from the congestion, then you need to take him to ER. Other than that lots of fluids, acetaminophen/ibuprofen for the fever should be okay until the morning. Take him into a steamy bathroom with the water running and use saline drops with suctioning. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have a 8 1/2 month old son who is having some trouble breathing due to stuffy/runny nose and drainage down his throat should I take him to the er?

I have a 8 1/2 month old son who is having some trouble breathing due to stuffy/runny nose and drainage down his throat should I take him to the er?

Stuffy nose: Before running off to the ER use a bulb syringe to suck out excess mucus. Use salt water nose drops to keep nasal passage free. Use a vaporizer with an elevated mattress when sleeping ...Read more

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Thick green discharge from both of my 3 yr olds eyes, he also has runny nose...What could this be? Should I take him to e.R. Now

Thick green discharge from both of my 3 yr olds eyes, he also has runny nose...What could this be? Should I take him to e.R. Now

Sounds like a cold: Colds do not require a visit to the er. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) fluids, rest and time. Take him to a family practice doctor or pediatrician (or even urgent care doctor) if he doesn't get better in a few days. ...Read more

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4 yr old had mild fevers to start and now had a runny nose sneezing has green snot discharge from nose should I take to doctor or wait out

4 yr old had mild fevers to start and now had a runny nose sneezing has green snot discharge from nose should I take to doctor or wait out

Close observation: Ok to wait if he is happy, active and eating well, check out with your pediatrician if he is fussy, vomiting, not eating well, fever more than 3 days also deserve a trip to the doctor, Green snot does not mean much. ...Read more

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Excessive nasal drainage and corresponding cough to go with it. What's the best plan of action to be better in 24 hours for my acts?

Excessive nasal drainage and corresponding cough to go with it. What's the best plan of action to be better in 24 hours for my acts?

Manage symptoms: Saline nasal rinses, hydration and Mucinex can help to clear mucous. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can reduce drainage but would not use it during day as it is sedating and affect mental performance. Honey and dextromethorphin can reduce the cough. Sudafed can treat the congestion. Good luck on the test. ...Read more

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Sinus infection without runny nose or drainage, is this normal?

Sinus infection without runny nose or drainage, is this normal?

Unusual: An acute sinusitis is usually accompanied by drainage and sinus pressure or pain. Chronic infections may be unaccompanied by drainage and just have sinus pressure/pain. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between allergies or a cold? I have a headache, stuffy/runny nose with green drainage.

How can you tell the difference between allergies or a cold? I have a headache, stuffy/runny nose with green drainage.

It sounds like cold: More than allergy. Check this.
http://www. Webmd. Com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/common-cold-or-allergy-symptoms ...Read more

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I develop a runny nose when I run and it persists throughout my exercise. It's more frequent in winter. Is there medication to prevent drainage?

I develop a runny nose when I run and it persists throughout my exercise. It's more frequent in winter. Is there medication to prevent drainage?

Exercise Induced: Rhinitis, is not uncommon, and affects some individuals who may be suffering as well from other forms of nasal problems, or not at all; at any rate try some OTC nasal steroid sprays before exercise, check with an allergist/immunologist for better evaluation (see aaaai. Org or acaai. Org) and see link below for more info, good luck
https://www. Verywell. Com/exercise-induced-rhinitis-1191916 ...Read more

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Had cough and runny nose/drainage for 3.5 wks. Had to stop amox for side effects. Cough is worse now and tastes really bad! Go back to dr or wait it out?

Had cough and runny nose/drainage for 3.5 wks. Had to stop amox for side effects. Cough is worse now and tastes really bad! Go back to dr or wait it out?

Get rechecked: I would advise going back to get rechecked if you feel worse and had to stop the Amoxicillin early. A different antibiotic could be prescribed that may have fewer side effects. Also want to make sure you aren't developing something more serious like pneumonia which only your doctor can tell after examination and possibly a chest xray. Could also be a sinus infection. Just get rechecked! ...Read more

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What is it? I have sinus pain and toothache. The following also describe me: Runny nose, Headache, and Nasal drainage

What is it? I have sinus pain and toothache. The following also describe me: Runny nose, Headache, and Nasal drainage

Sinusitis: Inflammation of the maxillary sinuses will often result in pain in the maxillary molar and premolar area. The roots of these teeth are in such close proximity to the floor of the sinus that the pain becomes referred. ...Read more

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2 yr old son has a constant cough due to runny nose drainage. Anything avail to use to "dry him out" like sudafed does for me?

2 yr old son has a constant cough due to runny nose drainage. Anything avail to use to "dry him out" like sudafed does for me?

Not really: Most otc cough ; cold meds are not indicated for children under 4 years old- either because they don't really work or they have more side effects in younger children. Use saline nose drops and suction out his nose- as often as needed. Apply vaseline to the edges of his nose if irritated. Honey can be used for cough in kids over 1 yr old. If he's not better, see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I am experiencing runny nose, dizziness (better by: with fluids, rest) (worsened by: when moving head, sitting upright, prolonged standing. Drainage?

I am experiencing runny nose, dizziness (better by: with fluids, rest) (worsened by: when moving head, sitting upright, prolonged standing. Drainage?

Virus: Yes, you likely have a virus. Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest. Consult with us if you need an Rx for Tamiflu if you have been around anyone with the flu if symptoms started less than 48hrs. See eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com for more info. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal drainage. The following also describe me: Nasal congestion, Runny nose, and Difficulty breathing through nose. What should I do?

I am experiencing nasal drainage. The following also describe me: Nasal congestion, Runny nose, and Difficulty breathing through nose. What should I do?

See doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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Bloody nose last night now constant clear drainage down the back of throat but not a runny nose. Why?

Bloody nose last night now constant clear drainage down the back of throat but not a runny nose. Why?

Drip: May be dryness leading to postnasal drip, less likely the onset of a cold or silent acid reflux. With the bloody nose, consider a humidifier at night. That may help the drip as well ...Read more

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Xray- no bronchitis. Chronic asthma, severe congest., still wheezy a lot, steroids & nebulizer, meds- little relief. Runny nose, sinus drainage.?

Xray- no bronchitis. Chronic asthma, severe congest., still wheezy a lot, steroids & nebulizer, meds- little relief. Runny nose, sinus drainage.?

See allergist: If you have not been seen by an allergist, it is time to do it now before you end up in the hospital. Do realize that not all wheezes are from asthma and not other conditions such as vocal cord dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension need be ruled out as well. ...Read more

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Sm amt ear drainage bilat noted waking up at normal feeding at night No odor fever inc fuzziness/wakefulness Off/on runny nose Is in daycare wait/md?

Sm amt ear drainage bilat noted waking up at normal feeding at night No odor fever inc fuzziness/wakefulness Off/on runny nose Is in daycare wait/md?

Go to md: Although not life threatening, you may have a case of a middle ear infection with perforation of the ear drum/tympanic membrane. Also known as "glue ear", an opportunity to visualize the ear with an otoscope is worthwhile. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

Common cold: The common cold virus can cause all your symptoms; care is purely supportive in nature. Antibiotics can't cure a viral infection. If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days or progressively worsen, there may be a role for antibiotic treatment of a sinus infection. Please see a doctor if you're concerned. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness), runny nose, nasal drainage, difficulty breathing through nose (side: both), bloody nose, sneezin...

I am experiencing nasal congestion (stuffiness), runny nose, nasal drainage, difficulty breathing through nose (side: both), bloody nose, sneezin...

How long?: If these have been present for months or years, you likely have an allergic condition. If they have been present for less than a week, it is likely from a cold. For the congestion try an OTC decongestant spray but for no more than 5 days maximum- else you will likely end up with more problems. ...Read more

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I have drainage in the back of my throat and runny nose, and sometime when I breath in the bottom of my right lung hurts, what's wrong?

I have drainage in the back of my throat and runny nose, and sometime when I breath in the bottom of my right lung hurts, what's wrong?

Inlammation typical: Oftentimes this is narrowing due to inflammation in the upper airway. This can be due reflux or recent infection or post nasal drip among common causes. To get rid of the feeling, have to treat the cause... It can takes months to go away. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more