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Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion? I have no allergies.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion?  I have no allergies.

See an allergist: That would help better, although getting a humidifier might help, but momentarily, if you really live in a very dry environment, it would soothe some. Looking for a cause for your symptoms and treating it is useful in the long term, start with your doctor, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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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Baby has a cough and runny nose now he has that rattle noise/ wet cough done humidifier, saline drops any suggestions?

Baby has a cough and runny nose now he has that rattle noise/ wet cough done humidifier, saline drops any suggestions?

Cough: In addition push fluids but not milk . Elevate the child' mattress when sleeping. Use a bulb syringe before using the nose drops. Use fever medicine if necessary. ...Read more

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My 8 month old baby keeps coughing has runny nose always congested we've taken her to the dr nothing has helped we sleep with a humidifier:(?

My 8 month old baby keeps coughing has runny nose always congested we've taken her to the dr nothing has helped we sleep with a humidifier:(?

Nasal saline: You can try nasal saline or use of a bulb syringe to clean out the nose. If a family member or household member smokes encourage them to stop. If you have pets try to keep them away from the child. You could consider hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers. Cold medicines are not recommended at this point. ...Read more

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18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

18 week old doesn't have runny nose but sounds congested for past 10 days. Chest sounds fine (I think) Tried humidifier & saline drops. What can it be?

Baby nose: As babies face and head grow early in life, the nasal passages can actually narrow out a little bit. Since the nasal passages are so very narrow to start with in infants, a little bit of additional narrowing can lead to a lot of noise. He (or she) will outgrow this as face fills out in the second half of the first year. Nothing to worry about as long s no other symptoms and eating fine! ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Yes: A post nasal drip can and commonly does cause a cough. Bronchiolitis is from lower airways (lungs). It is important for her pediatrician to listen and determine where the cough is coming from. The treatments are dramatically different. ...Read more

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Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?

No: Humidified air will help if nose congested and runny. I would try and use distilled water, keep a distance away as per the gadgets instructions. Should be regularly cleaned. A tent aparatus made with towels or sheets over the head end of the crib with humidifier on the right height chair pointed under the tent will allow good humidity without being too close to baby. Watch it closely always! ...Read more

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6mo w/3 ear infections in 3mths. Runny nose that turned green again. Humidifier, saline, bulb syringe but daycare. How to know if ear infected?Risks?

6mo w/3 ear infections in 3mths. Runny nose that turned green again. Humidifier, saline, bulb syringe but daycare. How to know if ear infected?Risks?

Exam: You may assume with the history that baby may get another ear infection, but greenish nasal drainage can be normal.The only way to know for sure is to have baby checked. Validating the number and type of infections is important if tubes are likely at some point. ...Read more

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Should i still run my humidifer for a runny nose?

Should i still run my humidifer for a runny nose?

not necessary: While a humidifier can increase the moisture in the air, it can also promote dust mite growth and if not cleaned properly, lead to mold growth and dispersion. Treatment for runny nose should be aimed at the underlying cause--allergy, sinus infection, etc. If symptoms are chronic, consider seeing an allergist to find out specifically what the trigger is. ...Read more

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What medicine is best for runny nose of a 4 years old child?

What medicine is best for runny nose of a 4 years old child?

Salt water nose drop: Salt water nose drops several times a day . Use vaporizer atnight and raise the matress. ...Read more

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Humidifier (Definition)

Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you ...Read more


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

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