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Will A Dehumidifier Help With My Sinusitis
Probably not: Generally cough is caused by one of a few things. The most common causes of cough include mucous in the throat or chest, infection in the chest, obstruction in the airways (such as with asthma), or other irritation of the airway (such as with acid reflux or irritant inhalation). Because a fan or humidifier don't address these issues, they are unlikely to be of benefit and i don't recommend them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal wash: Hello, my patients who suffer with chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis and use a regular sinus rinse find their symptoms to be better controlled. Sinus pressure is related to a narrowing of the sinus outflow pathways. Afrin nasal spray used twice a day followed by the sinus rinse may work even better. If the symptoms persist despite these maneuvers, then a visit to your ENT may be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Humidifier for Lungs: Your airways love warm, humidified air, coupled with frequent forced coughing to expel mucus. A mist humidifier or long, hot shower works well. If you can't expel the mucus, forced deep breathing, coupled with chest percussion may bring up the mucus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just went to the doctor for a cough and sinus type symptoms for a month. The doctor put me on a nose spray and claritin (loratadine).. How does this help with ?
Allergies: Likely your doctor's impression based on the history and physical was that your symptoms were allergic in nature which they very well could be. The nasal spray and the Claritin can really help. Give them a try. You an also try a saline sinus rinse(flush) as well ( available over the counter). ...Read more
It may...: It soemwhat depends on why the turbinates are swollen. If it's from dryness and/or irritation, the extra humidity will do wonders. If it's from allergies or a viral infection, it will still help a little, just not as much. It certainly won't hurt, as long as it is safely placed and out of reach of little curious hands such as toddlers and puppies!clean daily and wash filter often. ...Read more
Flonase: Flonase is used to treat rhinitis but not sinusitis, which is a more severe condition. Sometimes people use the term rhinitis and sinusitis interchangeably and vaguely so it might work in those cases. Flonase unlikely causes pharyngitis. Post nasal drip from rhinitis or sinusitis can cause sore throat or pharyngitis. If that's the case, this medication should help pharyngitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a mold Allergy can Aloe gel in the nose help me with my breathing (lung) problem? What else can I use for help?
See allergist: Aloe gel would not do you any good. The most important step is avoidance of exposure (get out of the damaged structure and do not return until the mold and water problems have been fixed). In the meanwhile , consult an allergist to assess your problems and provide the necessary treatment. Don't delay a day longer. ...Read more
How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?
Yes: Nasal irrigation regular do seem to improve nasal symptoms and reduce sinus infection for some people. However it is more a supplementary measure for most cases since most sinus infections (bacterial not viral ) do require an antibiotic- this view however may not be shared by some. ...Read more
Probably not: Electronic cigarettes are a completely unregulated product. The vapor they produce ranges from minor chemicals to being nearly as dangerous as regular cigarettes. First, make sure you take your sprays correctly, pointing them toward the side of the nose (toward the ear on the same side) and clean your nose thoroughly before you take the steroid. If not helpful, see and ENT or allergy specialist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Might it happen that a dehumidifier help decrease a stuffy and buring nose do to a common cold and sinus problems?
My daughter is 3 and gets a lot of bloody noses. Her dr said to try a humidifier. Which would be the best for her a cool or warm mist?
Cool for a 3 y/o: The mist from both is the same, but the dangers of hot water from a warm mist humidiifer is very real with a 3 year old. I have seen too many burns from warm/hot humidifiers where curious toddlers touch them or get too close and get burned. Also, you have to be very conscientious about cleaning warm ones daily as they are more prone to harbor molds and other germs in the warm mist. Go with cool! ...Read more
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