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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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Very thick, white nasal discharge all day for 2+ weeks, occasional nonproductive cough, & hourly, frequent clear urination, but no burning. Why?

Very thick, white nasal discharge all day for 2+ weeks, occasional nonproductive cough, & hourly, frequent clear urination, but no burning.  Why?

Likely allergies: Your at notions except for the frequent urination sound like environmental nasal allergies. I would take over the counter Claritin or zyrtec for 2 weeks to see if resolves. The frequent urination would be unrelated and should see a urologist. ...Read more

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What can I do about clear nasal discharge and excessive tearing?

What can I do about clear nasal discharge and excessive tearing?

Sounds like allergy: If there is also sneezing, then this would confirm hayfever or allergic rhinitis. You can try Claritin or competing brands. If there is nasal congestion, then claritin-d but not if you have blood pressure problems, heart disease, or stroke. If it is year round or severe, you may want to get allergy testing to see what you are allergic to. ...Read more

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Why do I have black streaks in my nasal discharge?

Why do I have black streaks in my nasal discharge?

Stuff you breathe?: Usually this can be due to inhalation of pollutants in the air such as dust, smoke, or other environmental pollutants. Rarely certain serious fungal sinus infections in persons with a compromised immune system can cause black discharge from the nose (invasive fungal sinusitis). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop my nasal discharge?

Diagnosis: If nasal discharge has been going on for a long time, you need a diagnosis. We can not simply stop your discharge without knowing what is wrong with your nose. Diagnoses include, allergic rhinitis, rhino-sinusitis, over use of otc nasal sprays, granulomas, nasal polyps to name a few. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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What actually is nasal discharge?

What actually is nasal discharge?

Nasal response: Fluid produced by the nose in reaction to a pathogen, allergen or foreign body. It is the bod's attempt to flush out the offending particle in the nose. Your nose produces a liter of post-nasal drainage a day in its attempts to cleans the air we breathe, preparing it for the lungs, by the sweeping mechanism of the cilia of the nasal lining. ...Read more

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What is done for constant nasal discharge?

What is done for constant nasal discharge?

Nasal discharge: Constant nasal discharge may be from recurrent viral illnesses, allergies, sinus infections. Need to determine the cause to know what the treatment course needs to be. ...Read more

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What could cause blue nasal discharge?

What could cause blue nasal discharge?

Blue eye shadow: Best explanation is blue eyeshadow or eye liner that gets into the the tear duct which drains into the nose. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Nasal Drainage (Definition)

Nasal discharge is common, but rarely serious. Drainage from swollen or infected sinuses may ...Read more


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Drainage (Definition)

Fluid coming out of an open area or wound. This can be infected ...Read more