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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. 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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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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I have a runny nose slight headache heavy chest and it hurts to cough what kind of cold is this?

I have a runny nose slight headache heavy chest and it hurts to cough what kind of cold is this?

Cold, flu: This is the season for colds, flu, bronchiis, sinusitis. Go to for treatment options www. Cdc. Gov/getsmart. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop a runny nose?

Identify the trigger: While there are many causes for runny nose, persistent runny nose with itching, sneezing, congestion, may be due to allergies. While there are many antihistamines and nasal sprays available to treat allergies, it is prudent to identify the trigger. If there is a way to avoid the trigger, that could result in less medication and less symptoms. See an allergist. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop a runny nose?

What is the best way to stop a runny nose?

If it's allergies: Try an otc antihistamine like Cetirizine or fexofenadine. If they don't work, try a prescription nasal steroid spray- fluticasone is generic- or a prescription antihistamine nasal spray- no generics. If that's not working, see an allergist. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a runny nose?

What's the best way to treat a runny nose?

Depends on the age.: If it's an infant, just suctioning the nose with Normal Saline but in older kids 6 yrs and above you can use otc decongestant/antihistamine combo. ...Read more

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Sir, what is the best medicine for runny nose?

Sir, what is the best medicine for runny nose?

Depends on the cause: Clear discharge is a symptom that is common to allergy, irritation by very hot or cold air, viral infections, to name a few. Each condition responds differently to medication. If your runny nose is seasonal, allergy is more likely. You may try an over the counter antihistamine such as cetirizine, fexofenadine or loratadine. If they don't help and your nose continues to run, see a physician. ...Read more

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What is the best antihistamine for runny nose?

What is the best antihistamine for runny nose?

New generation: The new generation antihistamines (zyrtec, claritin, allegra) are as effective as traditional antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but have less side effects and longer duration of action. They come in several forms and are available with or without the decongestant pseudoephedrine. Sometimes it helps to try more than one of the new generation products and see which works best for each person. ...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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Best way to get rid of a stuffy/ runny nose? Any tips?

Best way to get rid of a stuffy/ runny nose? Any tips?

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 a.m. ...Read more

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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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Which treatment works the best and fastest for runny nose?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for runny nose?

Age and Cause: For kids otc meds other than saline nose drops are not recommended under 6 years old. Also a humidifier may help.Runny nose from allergies may respond to anti - histaminic agents at any age. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best thing I can do for my 21 month old for his runny nose and cough that won't go away?

What's the best thing I can do for my 21 month old for his runny nose and cough that won't go away?

URI: A plain uncomplicated cold may last up to 7 to 10 days, the mucus changes from clear to cloudy and you may have a productive cough. Make sure you run a humidifier and suction the nose out with saline drops. If your child seems to be in any way worsening, has difficulty breathing and has cha ge in behavior and activity, is not eating or drinking and has a protracted fever, see your child's doc asap. ...Read more

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What's the best thing for a runny nose?

What's the best thing for a runny nose?

Try otc meds: Such as Sudafed, Zyrtec D, or Afrin nasal spray as long as you don't have any medical problems such as hypertension. If these don't work, it is time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best way to cure a blocked and runny nose?

What's the best way to cure a blocked and runny nose?

Find the cause: If it is allergies, treat them and get tested, find your triggers and see an allergist for best advice on long term options. If it is a deviated septum with sinus problem, see an ENT for all options including surgical ones. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop a runny nose if it is from a cold?

What is the best way to stop a runny nose if it is from a cold?

Runny nose: If you don't have issues with heart disease or high blood pressure you can try an over the country nasal decongestant as directed on the package. ...Read more

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Best remedy to stop a runny nose?

Best remedy to stop a runny nose?

Depends: It really depends on the cause of your runny nose. If you have a cold, it is best to just be patient. If the symptoms are due to allergy, available treatments include oral antihistamines, prescription nasal sprays, and allergy shots. ...Read more

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What medicine is best for sinus drainae and runny nose?

Depends on the cause: If your drainage and runny nose is from allergies it will respond best to nasal steroids like flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. Some of these products are approved down to age 2 so they are safe to use. Over the counter options such as zyrtec and Claritin may help with the runny nose for a short time but the effect won't last as long as the nose spray. Nasal steroids also help with nonallergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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What's the best way to dry up a plugged and runny nose?

What's the best way to dry up a plugged and runny nose?

See an ENT: There are several causes for these issues. Your best option would be to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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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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What is the best thing to do for a runny nose/ stuffed up nose.

See a doctor: The best way to do is to see your doctor to get proper diagnosis and treatment. Common cold or viral rhinitis, bacterial infection or allergic rhinosinustis can cause similar presentations. A more detailed history and physical examinations are needed. You can try otc cold/sinus/allergies medications but if it does not work, you need a different treatment by your doctors. ...Read more

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Best OTC for toddler with thick runny nose? Don't want to get her hyped.

Best OTC for toddler with thick runny nose? Don't want to get her hyped.

Age restricted: There are currently no products approved for children less then 4 years old. Some physicians still recommend smaller doses of otc products, but this is no longer advised. Current medications are restricted to ages 4 and up. For that age group, delsym is frequently recommended along with Mucinex (guaifenesin) for kids. ...Read more

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I'm on butran patches 10 mg, I have a runny nose all the time, what's the best medicine to take for it?

I'm on butran patches 10 mg, I have a runny nose all the time, what's the best medicine to take for it?

Claritin/Zyrtec: You can either try over the counter Claritin or zyrtec if that does not help you may need prescription nasal steroid after consulting your doctor. ...Read more

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