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What is the fastest way to get rid of your nasal congestion?

What is the fastest way to get rid of your nasal congestion?

Need diagnosis: I truly enjoy answering questions on health tap. As an ENT I am impressed by the number of questions that focus on quick fixes for the person's symptoms. I can not emphasize enough the need for an accurate diagnosis. Most physicians treat diseases, not symptoms. Having said this, you need to rule out nasal allergy, sinusitis with or without nasal polyposis. Reflux is a remote possibility. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of a congested nose?

What is the quickest way to get rid of a congested nose?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) is very fast : But can only be used for a very brief time due to potential for rebound insomnia. 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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What exactly is the fastest way to get rid of a congested nose?

What exactly is the fastest way to get rid of a congested nose?

Something like: Afrin help sxs fast but can only be used for a very limited time & it doesn't mean the congestion won't come back. 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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a blocked nose?

Decongestants: A decongestant will help with stuffy or blocked nose.. Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) is the best oral deconestant (have to sign for it at the pharmacy) . Topical decongestants (nasal sprays) such as oxymetazoline (afrin) are also very helpful - and quick, but be careful not to use too often (only twice daily, and only for a few days at a time) as rebound congestion could occur. Saline nasal spray help. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of bronchitis?

What is the quickest way to get rid of bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis just mean inflamation of the bronchioles. We treat depending on what is causing it. See doctor. ...Read more

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What the best way to getting rid of a runny nose?

What the best way to getting rid of a runny nose?

First, diagnosis: A runny nose may be allergy, viral, nasal polyp, non-allergic rhinitis or vaso-motor rhinitis. The point I am making is, ask not what the treatment is, ask what the problem is. Good clinicians treat disease, not symptoms. Therefore, i recommend you consult a competent rhinologist (nose doctor) and find out why you have a runny nose. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to get rid of a staph infection in your nose?

What is the fastest way to get rid of a staph infection in your nose?

Antibiotic: There are a couple antibiotic ointments your doctor can prescribe. You put them in your nose with a q-tip. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of your period?

What is the quickest way to get rid of your period?

Surgery: I'm not suggesting this as the only option, but the fastest way to get rid of menstrual periods is a vaginal hysterectomy. For a competent vaginal surgeon, a straightforward vaginal hysterectomy takes about 20-30 minutes. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of phlegm and a stuffy nose?

What is the best way to get rid of phlegm and a stuffy nose?

Blow your nose.: The best way to get rid of this is to blow your nose and get it out. Sometimes your nose can be swollen from the flu, so nasal decongestants and cough medicine may be needed. Allergies can cause this, like hay-fever in the spring and summer, so a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) might help. All these things help depending on why your nose is stuffed. ...Read more

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What are the best way to get rid of a stuffy/ runny nose?

What are the best way to get rid of a stuffy/ runny nose?

Depends on cause.: 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 the evening before you go to bed ; again in the A.M. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to get rid of a stuffy nose?

What are the best ways to get rid of a stuffy nose?

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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What is the best way to get rid of a cough?

What is the best way to get rid of a cough?

Need diagnosis...: Cough treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. It could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis, etc. All these diagnoses have completely different treatments so you should see your doc for eval for any cough lasting more than a week or 2. If it is due to a virus, it should run its course within that time. There are many effective prescription treatments. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to get rid of musus in your throat?

Whats the best way to get rid of musus in your throat?

Snot: Body produces up pint more mucous day as protective mechanism. When becomes thick- tacky causes congestion nose throat. Saline1/2 tsp salt to 8oz water, gargle frequently spit out. Cleanses throat. Also gimger root- shred 2 tsp put in cup. Add bioiling water. Cover 15-20 min. Strain. Add 2 tsp homey and 2 tsp lemon juice, gargle swallow. Use good cough drops. Average person makes 16000 gal snot in. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of a cold?

What is the quickest way to get rid of a cold?

Won't stop but v sxs: It won't get rid of it.Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- with water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to get rid of a cold?

What is the quickest way to get rid of a cold?

Cold remedies: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of blackheads on your nose?

Blackheads and acne: Acne is due to hormone induced changes in skin follicles/increased sebum production compounded by p. Acnes in the follicles & inflammation. Increased keratin in follicles mixed w/sebum results in comedo's or blackheads wh/create environment for acne. Topical retinoids & benzoyl peroxide are most effective for comedo's. Otc in low concentrations. Use faithfully twice daily if no effect need a doc. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a cold?

What is the best way to get rid of a cold?

You can't: There's not much you can do to get rid of a cold faster. You treat the symptoms while waiting for your immune system to respond to the virus and eliminate it. ...Read more

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what is the best way to get rid of a cold?

what is the best way to get rid of a cold?

Let it go : It goes away by itself within. 5 to 7 days. Drink plenty of fluids ,Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or fever.It will take its own course whatever you do,It will leave you by itself. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to get rid of your nasal congestion?

Need diagnosis: I truly enjoy answering questions on health tap. As an ENT I am impressed by the number of questions that focus on quick fixes for the person's symptoms. I can not emphasize enough the need for an accurate diagnosis. Most physicians treat diseases, not symptoms. Having said this, you need to rule out nasal allergy, sinusitis with or without nasal polyposis. Reflux is a remote possibility. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of nasal congestion?

How can I get rid of nasal congestion?

Food allergies: Try looking into the idea that certain foods may be irritating yo your system, causing you to react with the chronic drip. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get rid of nasal congestion.?

Many: Over-the-counter saline sprays, over-the-counter Pseudoephedrine decongestants, prescription nasal steroids, or other nasal medications such as astelin. If these are partially due to allergies, then over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines may help. Increasing humidity in the room can also help. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of nasal congestion for a few hours?

This may help.: 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 the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. Afrin is quite strong but can only be used briefly. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of nasal congestion naturally without medicines?

How can I get rid of nasal congestion naturally without medicines?

Neti pot, steam: A steamy shower works great to get rid of nasal congestion. So does salt water irrigation of the nose, like a neti pot. They're available at most drug stores now. ...Read more

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How to avoid reoccuring nasal congestion? And how to get rid of it once it settles in?

How to avoid reoccuring nasal congestion? And how to get rid of it once it settles in?

Depends on cause: First we need to find out what causes the nasal congestion before we can treat it. Having said that , it is likely that your problem is from allergies. Nasal steroid often works. If not, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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My boyfriend isnt sick but he has really bad nasal congestion with snoring, what can he do to get rid of it?

See his MD or ENT: Make an appt to see his md who will do several things....Discuss potential allergens, physically inspect his nose and throat for abnormalities, and possibly recommend a sleep study to check for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I need an over-the-counter medicine that will get rid of nasal congestion for 6 hours or so (maybe reapplication in between)?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Oxymetazolin is an over the counter nasal spray that will open the nose for up to 12hours. However, it can be habit forming and in the long run can stop working. It can affect the nose in such a way that no other spray will work and you will end up needing surgery. That is why this spray 'afrin' should never be used more than 3 consecutive days. You can use sudafed pill which is not habit forming. ...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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My nasal congestion wont go away, when i cough i spit green mucous, but i don't feel a cold at all. What is it? How can I get rid of congestion nasal?

Sinus infection?: You may have a sinus infection and your doctor should be able to help you with that in addition to finding out the cause for your constant nasal congestion. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a runny nose, itchy eyes, nasal congestion and frequent sneezing?

How can I get rid of a runny nose, itchy eyes, nasal congestion and frequent sneezing?

Allergies: Those symptoms sound like allergies. Avoidance of the triggers is ideal, but the combination of all those symptoms, when avoidance of triggers is not sensible can be helped with antihistamines ifnthe cause is allergies. ...Read more

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My baby is 6 weeks has nasal congestion. What is the best treatment, and is it something to worry about?

My baby is 6 weeks has nasal congestion.  What is the best treatment, and is it something to worry about?

Saline nose drops: Saline nose drops followed by nasal suction with a bulb syringe is the best approach for infants. Persistent symptoms may indicate an infection. Nasal allergies are less common in this age group. ...Read more

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What can I do about nasal congestion/inflammation swelling? Is nasonex (mometasone) or Flonase the only treatment?

What can I do about nasal congestion/inflammation swelling? Is nasonex (mometasone) or Flonase the only treatment?

Inflamed nose: It is a good treatment but some individuals improve by avoiding irritants or allergens. Others benefit from intranasal saline or cromolyns (nasalchrom) or antihistamines (astelex or astepro). Lastly if your problem is due to chronic allergies rebuilding your immune system with specific immunotherapy is a good idea. ...Read more

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Hello doctor ! I have a problem that their is a swelling inside my nose so that i feel nasal congestion all the time..please tell me what disease i have and what is the treatment for that?

Hello doctor !  I  have a problem that their is a swelling inside my nose so that i feel nasal congestion all the time..please tell me what disease i have and what is the treatment for that?

Nasal congestion: You likely have allergic rhinitis. Some people have only seasonal allergies while other have year round allergy symptoms. Typically year-round allergies are triggered by allergens such as pets, dust mites, mold or even cockroach. Nasal steroid sprays are generally most effective for nasal stuffiness. However nasal saline rinses will help a lot as well. There other treatment options as well. ...Read more

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I have a 7 wk old w/nasal congestion/coughing started sun nt. No fever but chokes on the phlegm going down her throat a few times ea.Hr. Hm treatment?

I have a 7 wk old w/nasal congestion/coughing started sun nt. No fever but chokes on the phlegm going down her throat a few times ea.Hr. Hm treatment?

Nasal wash: At 7 weeks the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run.Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more

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7 wk old has nasal congestion/coughing. Chokes on phlegm going down throat several times ea hr. Started sun NT no fever.Hm treatment? When to call dr?

7 wk old has nasal congestion/coughing. Chokes on phlegm going down throat several times ea hr. Started sun NT no fever.Hm treatment? When to call dr?

See your doctor: In an older infant or child these symptoms would fit the common cold. In the first 3 months, coughing is less common and a little more concerning. Conditions for your doc to "rule out" would include bronchiolitis (swelling of the small airways of the chest) and whooping cough. Signs of big trouble would include blueness around the lips, poor feeding, fever or listlessness. ...Read more

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6 months babu with persistent cough, nasal congestion and wheezing. the fever (102°f) went away 3 days ago. as a treatment only sodium chloride inhal?

6 months babu with persistent cough, nasal congestion and wheezing. the fever (102°f) went away 3 days ago.  as a treatment only sodium chloride inhal?

Bronchiolitis: At this age the airways are so small that a little swelling causes the obstruction with wheezing rather than bronchospasm as in asthma. RSV is often the cause. I know it's hard to watch your baby get sick like this but should make a full recovery. ...Read more

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Sir I need to get some advice regarding head heaviness.... How to get rid of it. I have chronic rhinitis but no nasal discharge. just congestion and h?

Sir I need to get some advice regarding head heaviness....
How to get rid of it. I have chronic rhinitis but no nasal discharge. just congestion and h?

Possible sinusitis: You may have a sinus infection. Patients with chronic rhinitis and allergies can develop congestion which lead to blockage of the sinus openings in the nose. This can lead to fluid build up in the sinuses, pressure, headache and possible infection. You should see your physician for evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a major headache especially when I cough or bend over or move too fast. No nasal congestion though?

I have a major headache especially when I cough or bend over or move too fast. No nasal congestion though?

? Hi blood pressure : Check your blood pressure first of all , and can start with your primary doctor if you would, however, headache isn't indicative of elevated bp, other reasons can be at play as muscle tension, etc.. Best wishes ...Read more

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I've been having nasal congestion for almost 3 weeks. Haven't taken any medicine because I'm pregnant. What can I do to get better??

I've been having nasal congestion for almost 3 weeks. Haven't taken any medicine because I'm pregnant. What can I do to get better??

Meds in Pregnancy: I would start with salt water gargle, steam showers to loosen things up, and saline rinses 1-2 times per day. There are a number of prescription and over-the-counter Category B medications that are safe to take during pregnancy for rhinitis and allergies if that is a condition you suffer from. Talk to your doctor about appropriate options. ...Read more

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