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What to do if you have nasal congestion? What's good otc?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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In brief: Congestion

Saline nasal spray or gel moisturizes nasal passages & helps remove mucus as well as bacteria/viruses.
If ambient air is dry, running a vaporizer will help loosen mucus. If sinuses ache or have pressure or ears feel "full", an otc decongestant like sudafed may help. (caution if you have high blood pressure; decongestants can raise it.) afrin spray ok for 2-3 days max (same about bp).

In brief: Congestion

Saline nasal spray or gel moisturizes nasal passages & helps remove mucus as well as bacteria/viruses.
If ambient air is dry, running a vaporizer will help loosen mucus. If sinuses ache or have pressure or ears feel "full", an otc decongestant like sudafed may help. (caution if you have high blood pressure; decongestants can raise it.) afrin spray ok for 2-3 days max (same about bp).
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