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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

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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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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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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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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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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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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

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