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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more

Post Nasal Drip (Definition)

Post nasal drip is a term used to describe the common symptoms of sore throat and cough in the presence of a runny nose with sufferers experiencing a worsening of symptoms at night with mild relief during the day. Allergies or nasal/sinus infection cause excess mucous to "drip" into the throat when lying down resulting in congestion, irritation, and inflamation of ...Read more


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Vaporizer or humidifier for a sinus infection?

Vaporizer or humidifier for a sinus infection?

Sinus infections: A humidifier can help but I actually recommend that people use a sinus irrigation kit. A popular variety is the neti pot by neilmed. ...Read more

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What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

What is better to use for a cough and sore throat a vaporizer or humidifier?

Both: A vaporizer or humidifier are interchangeable, in that they both produce extra moisture to help keep the secretions in the throat moist so they can be removed more easily from the throat. ...Read more

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Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip, dry cough on winter and fall?

Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip, dry cough on winter and fall?

No: Humidifiers are fine for replacing the moisture in your environment that is lost when the heat is on. They don't have to mist to be effective. It is part of the Furnace system in the North, where the heat is on for months but not in Texas. We actually advise against heated mist because the heater is a hazard, and all mist cools before it reaches you. ...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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Live in NorCal and struggle w chronic sinusitis w sore throat & post nasal drip - warm or cool mist humidifier? Thx.

Live in NorCal and struggle w chronic sinusitis w sore throat & post nasal drip - warm or cool mist humidifier? Thx.

You probably need. .: A dehumidifier rather!! For environmental control, as you may have allergy triggers that thrive in humidity. You can still humidify your upper airways with saline nasal washes and salt water gargles, till you see your doctor or an allergist to sort your chronic problem out, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip all year round. I use a humidifier, take Singulair, Xyzal, Flonase (2x a day) and it's still there. What's wrong w my sinuses?

I have post nasal drip all year round. I use a humidifier, take Singulair, Xyzal, Flonase (2x a day) and it's still there. What's wrong w my sinuses?

Post nasal drip: All year round, all the meds you mentioned and the humidifier may control inflammation / congestion some, but won't treat infection, may be something else in your surroundings is irritating your airways, e.g. a pet, however, you need to see a specialist: an ENT or an allergist / immunonlogist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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23 month old with nasal congestion. Using humidifier and saline spray but no improvement. What else can I try?

23 month old with nasal congestion. Using humidifier and saline spray but no improvement. What else can I try?

See pediatrician: You may need a rx nasal spray or an antihistamine with a decongestant for the 23 month old. Whereas saline spray may be helpful, humidifier may do more harm than good by fostering mold and dust mite growth. ...Read more

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What is best to ease chronic stuffiness and easily irritated nose- humidifier or vaporizer? What is difference between them?

Either: Humidifier puts out cool mist. Vaporizer puts out steam. Both add humidity to air. Humidifier is safer to use than vaporizer as vaporizer uses boiling hot water- risk for burns if knocked over. Both need to be cleaned thoroughly to prevent accumulation of mold in apparatus. ...Read more

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How long until an antihistamine works on post nasal drip?

How long until an antihistamine works on post nasal drip?

THEY WON'T HELP MUCH: Other than drying it up a bit and thickening it, which can cause cough. The key in trying to eliminate postnasal drip is to cut the inflammatory or environmental response that it is caused by. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for post nasal drip?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for post nasal drip?

Postnasal drip: The standard treatment is with an otc antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (sedating) or Claritin (non-sedating). If this does not control symptoms, the next step is to use the combination form of antihistamines like claritin-d, or allegra-d. If that doesn't work, you'll need to see a doctor for a prescription medication. ...Read more

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Can you explain how nasonex (mometasone) works for your post nasal drip?

Can you explain how nasonex (mometasone) works for your post nasal drip?

Anti-inflammatory: Nasonex (mometasone) is a corticosteroid nasal spray that reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and sinuses. Reducing the inflammation reduces the amount of mucous produced resulting in less post nasal drip (and less "runny nose."). ...Read more

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Major post nasal drip - nothing proven effective works. What now?

Several suggestions: Main causes are gastric reflux, dry throat, hypopharyngeal dysfunction, throat diverticulum, chronic nasopharyngitis, chronic sinusitis, allergy. There are some people who have the sensation with no identifiable cause. Suggest ENT evaluation. ...Read more

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Sprays, irrigation, amoxicillin...Nothing works! Severe post nasal drip! Help!

Sprays, irrigation, amoxicillin...Nothing works! Severe post nasal drip! Help!

Antihistamine?: If you haven't already tried an antihistamine that might be worth a try. If you've been on antibiotics, it sounds like you've already seen your doctor at least once. At this point a follow up and consideration of additional testing and/or possible ENT referral may be in order. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip and cough with yellow pleghm that persist (1 yr)i took many antibiotics but nothin works. Dr said surgery for sinus is a must.?

I have post nasal drip and cough with yellow pleghm that persist (1 yr)i took many antibiotics but nothin works. Dr said surgery for sinus is a must.?

Chronic sinusitis: Can cause such symptoms, short bursts of antibiotics often don't help, longer courses, 4-8 or even 12 weeks, at times are needed for eradication of infection, and possibly need for steroids as well. If an ENT evaluated you and offered surgery, then he / she has a good reason, at any rate, get a second or even third ENT opinion, if you're not sure, it's your right, good luck ...Read more

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Chronic post nasal drip=can't sleep even on incline! Rare eustachian draining. Manage reflux, no allergies. Afrin works but anything better long term?

Yes: Afrin should not be used daily for more than a few days else you end up getting more severe nasal symptom. Assuming that you have already been worked up by a board-certified allergist, your next bet would be an ENT doctor. There are many nasal medications other than afrin to control your symptoms once the cause is known. ...Read more

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I have been dealin with Post Nasal Drip 4 about 2 years. Drs have given me sinus sprays, acid meds, allegy stuff. Nothing works Now I got script 4 glycopypyrrolate 2 treat ulcers WHY? Have no ulcers ever!

I have been dealin with Post Nasal Drip 4 about 2 years. Drs have given me sinus sprays, acid meds, allegy stuff. Nothing works Now I got script 4 glycopypyrrolate 2 treat ulcers WHY? Have no ulcers ever!

GERD?: It sounds like your doctor thinks you have acid reflux or peptic ulocer disease-possible;hoever, I would strongly advise the need for formal allergy skin testing. Certainly ask about leukotriene inhibitor therapy (to prevent allergies) and antihistamine or immunotherapy. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has post nasal drip, causing her to constantly clear her throat. Will clartin or zrytec help? Which works better? Thanks

Consider reflux: Gastric reflux commonly causes a sense of post nasal drip so that throat clear is common. Consider antacid trial. If antihistamines don't work consider nasal steroid sprays. ...Read more

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Surgery help with post nasal drip sensation? Hocking thick mucus/phlegm from mouth 2 yrs. ENT/Allergist tried all med. Pseudoephedrine=only drug works

Surgery help with post nasal drip sensation? Hocking thick mucus/phlegm from mouth 2 yrs. ENT/Allergist tried all med. Pseudoephedrine=only drug works

Post nasal drip: Surgery help with post nasal drip sensation? Hocking thick mucus/phlegm mouth 2 yrs. ENT/Allergist tried all med. Pseudoephedrine=only drug works, ANS: would worry U have a rebound from 2 much pseudoepi. I assume Dr. Knows how much & how often you use? If not tell them. Then stop COMPLETELY and use heating pad over sinuses at night to see if that loosens things up. Use only saline nasal spray. ...Read more

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Suffering from post nasal drip, cough since 2 months now, doc has put me on cefopdixime potassium clavulanate along with phenylphrine. Nothing works?

Suffering from post nasal drip, cough since 2 months now, doc has put me on cefopdixime potassium clavulanate along with phenylphrine. Nothing works?

Allergy?: You may have developed allergic conditions such as hay fever or even asthma, neither condition would be helped by an antibiotic. If your pmd can't help you. Consider seeing an allergist (who is also trained in internal medicine or pediatrics prior to specialization). ...Read more

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Which store bought medicine works best for nasal congestion in kids?

Nasal congestion: Stay away from nasal decongestants, they are not designed to help you or your friends. They cause rebound congestion in the nose and are addictive. I am always working in the office to wean someone off over the counter decongestants. They are bad news. Good luck! ...Read more

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Claritin D sleep works great to clear nighttime nasal congestion but now I'm awake and jittery due as side effect. Other options? (mucinex (guaifenesin) D)?

Claritin D sleep works great to clear nighttime nasal congestion but now I'm awake and jittery due as side effect. Other options? (mucinex (guaifenesin) D)?

Don't use "D": The "D" in many medications is causing your side effects of being awake and jittery. Please only use oral antihistamines without the "D" to help with nasal congestion - zyrtec, allegra, claritin. You can also try OTC nasal steroid sprays. ...Read more

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If hot liquids increase mucus velocity+inflammation, and cold liquids decrease mucus velocity+inflammation, wouldn't cold be better for post nasal drip cough and inflamed/sore throat?

No: Cold fluid would not feel better if you use it for nasal irrigation to alleviate postnasal drip. Choice between cold and hot is based not on any scientific ideas, but rather on the level of comfort one or the other brings. In cases of inflammation it is recommended to avoid extremes - cold and hot and stick with the middle ground - lukewarm. ...Read more

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How long does post nasal drip last?

How long does post nasal drip last?

Post Nasal Drip: Greetings. PND results from an alteration of the normal process of mucus flow from the front to the back of you nose. It could be excess watery drainage, thick sticky drainage, or just too dry causing you to have an abnormal sensation in the post nasal region. All these conditions arise from different causes. How long it will bother you depends on how soon the cause is discovered and treated. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get post nasal drip?

Yes: Postnasal drip is a common symptom of colds, sinus infections, and allergies. ...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


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Vaporizer (Definition)

A vaporizer or humidifier may help thin thick nasal secretions, helping to unblock nasal passages. If the water reservoir is not kept clean, it can grow mold, which can ...Read more