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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman Dr. Gliksman
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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I have ringing in ears, ear fullness and nasal drainage. On Flonase and Cipro, what else can I take to clear mucus and unblock ears?

I have ringing in ears, ear fullness and nasal drainage. On Flonase and Cipro, what else can I take to clear mucus and unblock ears?

Ear fullness ringing: I sometimes add ear drops like cortisporin to decrease the ear fullness as it contains steroids. I also add an antihistamine (like Zyrtec) as it decreases the inflammatory process. Sometimes I use Astelin /astepro a nasal antihistamine spray in lieu of Flonase. Elevating head of bed and treating GERD, if presen, t w/ Zantac may help as GERD can exacerbate inflammation. f/u/ w/ doc

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Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I keep having cough?

Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but I keep having cough?

See allergist: If you require systemic steroid to control your asthma and nasal symptoms, it is time to consult an allergist. There are many causes for coughing-uncontrolled asthma, post-nasal drips, sinusitis are just a few of the causes.

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Dr. Mark Loury Dr. Loury
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Donald Alves Dr. Alves
Emergency Medicine
20 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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Thick green yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Thick green yellow mucus running from nose after 1 week of cold with large clear colored nasal discharge?

Flora shifting: If no fevers or significant pain--let it run! In fact, take Mucinex (guaifenesin) to keep things thin and flowing. Your body is likely re-balancing the flora in its sinuses, and this should stop about double the time you were sick. If fevers/pain, then see dr / urgent care.

Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Can antihistamines make thick mucus PND worse? Suffering thick mucus back of nose 2 yrs, no front congestion/nasal discharge, tried everything with Dr

Can antihistamines make thick mucus PND worse? Suffering thick mucus back of nose 2 yrs, no front congestion/nasal discharge, tried everything with Dr

Yes: An allergist or ENT comfortable treating different types of rhinitis may be needed to narrow the scope of potential causes for your rhinitis/post-nasal drip. Antihistamines do not work for all subtypes. A more targeted combination therapy will likely be more effective for you. Good luck

Dr. David Earle Dr. Earle
Surgery
27 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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I have thick white mucus in nose and eyes. I also noticed that vaginal discharge is white but not like cottage cheese. What does this mean?

I have thick white mucus in nose and eyes. I also noticed that vaginal discharge is white but not like cottage cheese. What does this mean?

Unrelated: These two things are unrelated. Could be seasonal allergies for the nose and eyes. The vaginal discharge could be a myriad of things. If you're really worried, you'll need to see your primary care doctor for a more compete evaluation. Could try over the counter allergy meds in the mean time. Hope this Helps!

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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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8 months of thick clear mucus plugged at back of nose, throat clearing, no nasal discharge. Tried everything and only Pseudoephedrine works! But why?

8 months of thick clear mucus plugged at back of nose, throat clearing, no nasal discharge. Tried everything and only Pseudoephedrine works! But why?

Nasal congestion: If only pseudoephedrine worked, nasal congestion is the problem. I don't know what you meant by having tried everything (nasal steroid/nasal antihistamine, LTM). Perhaps it is time to consult an allergist.

Dr. Howard Mcnair Dr. Mcnair
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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When I tilt my head back to R or Left & lie down, thick, clear nasal drainage suddenly runs out. Could that trapped drainage be causing my dizziness?

When I tilt my head back to R or Left & lie down, thick, clear nasal drainage suddenly runs out. Could that trapped drainage be causing my dizziness?

Allergic Rhinitis: Yes this could be causing dizziness. Some of our balance centers are located in the middle ear which could be blocked. A decongestant such as Claritin-D, Allegra-D or Zyrtec-D may be helpful along with a nasal spray such as Flonase or nasonex (mometasone).

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Can Singulair (montelukast) help with post nasal drip and thick/plugged mucus (no nasal discharge)? Been taking it for perennial rhinitis for 2 weeks and no help.

Can Singulair (montelukast) help with post nasal drip and thick/plugged mucus (no nasal discharge)? Been taking it for perennial rhinitis for 2 weeks and no help.

No it won't: Singulair (montelukast) helps reduce inflammation in the airways, upper or lower, helps as an adjuvant therapy on the long term, not meant to treat acute or chronic bacterial/viral infection of the respiratory tract. See your doctor for evaluation, possible chronic rhinosinusitis. You may want to see an Allergist/Immunologist if you have access to one or an ENT specialist, best wishes

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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I have pcos and have had head ache for 2 days. Now I find thick clear mucus-like discharge with bright red blood drops...Very little though. Help?

I have pcos and have had head ache for 2 days. Now I find thick clear mucus-like discharge with bright red blood drops...Very little though. Help?

Unrelated problems: Pcos is not related to headaches or vaginal discharge. Those problems would need separate evaluation. Pc os certainly does cause irregular periods though. Vaginal discharge could indicate yeast, bacterial vaginosis, or a sexually transmitted disease.

Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

Sounds: Like our old" friend" INFLUENZA....Take Tylenol or a NSAID for the fever/aches...drink lots of fluids...REST and if it goes into a third week have a hands on exam by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) WHO SHOULD ALSO KNOW what viruses are active in your community. Hope this is helpful. FEEL BETTER Dr Z

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis Dr. Davantzis
Dentistry
36 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Charles Jarowski Dr. Jarowski
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
45 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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I am experiencing bloody nose and nasal drainage. My nose has bleed once or twice every week or every other week for this past month nose also liquid?

I am experiencing bloody nose and nasal drainage. My nose has bleed once or twice every week or every other week for this past month nose also liquid?

Nasal bleeding: The usual cause of recurrent nasal bleeding (epistaxis) in the winter relates to affect of cold and often dry air on the nasal tissues. It can be from one nostril or more likely both. You also describe a nasal discharge indicating a possible infectious or allergic condition. Try humidifying your room and applying very small amounts of Vaseline with a Q-Tip. If it persists see an ENT physician.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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My Other is experiencing nasal drainage, nasal congestion (stuffiness), sinus pain and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both).

My Other is experiencing nasal drainage, nasal congestion (stuffiness), sinus pain and difficulty breathing through nose (side: both).

URI: Upper Respiratory Infection, most probably viral, rest as much as you can, fluids, soup, saline nasal washes, and pain killers, if no improvement in two to three days, see doctor, good luck

Dr. David Jakubowicz Dr. Jakubowicz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
18 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Lisa Roazen Dr. Roazen
Emergency Medicine
14 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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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.

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