Start with nasal spray or sudafed for my nasal congestion?

Saline washes. It depends on the cause of the congestion, but saline nasal washes at least don't have side effects, unlike decongestants and antihistamines. If the saline doesn't help enough and your symptoms persist, it may be time to see your doctor.

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I'm have severe nasal congestion as a result of my cold. I've used so many nasal spray, rynex, and more. But nothing helps and I can't sleep cause of it?

So many nasal sprays. maybe that's the problem, if overuse nasal decongestant sprays, you may develop rebound congestion, besides it might not only be congestion, bacterial infection may need antibiotics, and perresistant inflammation may need steroids, local or systemic, so better see your doctor, best wishes. Read more...

Would rhinoplasty done in 2004 cause any severe nasal congestion now? My nose has been really stuffy for weeks. I use nasal spray too much.

Reactive rhinitis . Probably not. If you are using lots of nasal spray then you are likely having rebound congestion caused by tolerance to the nasal spray that leads you to use it more and more. You'll need to stop the decongestant sprays and pills for 24 hours or so. This will allow your sinuses to recover and reset their normal vasomotor tone. Resist the temptation to use the spray again until then. Read more...
Possibly. Depends on several factors. Rhinoplasty itself can weaken areas of the nose that impact the airway. Also. Natural weaknesses occur with aging of the nose. You should see your surgeon for an exam. In addition, over the counter nose sprays like afrin(oxymetazoline) can lead to a vicious cycle of nasal congestion when used beyond 3 days. See you doctor or surgeon to find out for sure. Read more...
Probably not. Nasal obstruction from surgery usually presents much earlier. Your use of nasal decongestant sprays can cause the membranes to swell between uses and obstruct the nose. You have to stop! see an ENT if the obstruction persists as it can be from allergies, polyps, or other causes. Read more...
Rebound congestion. if you have been using a decongestant spray for a long time, that is the most likely cause of your congestion. Nonetheless, you should have your nose examined by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Read more...

My son returns home to Florida from Indiana and immediately starts nasal congestion. We have 2 cats. I have tried Allegra and nasal spray. Help.?

How old. is your child? Is he old enough for allergy testing? If so, identification of environmental triggers will allow the most effective measure, removal of the triggers. In the meantime the most common environmental triggers are pollens, animal dander and dust mites. You can help by using a HEPA Air cleaner in his bedroom and making it as dust and animal free as possible. Read more...

Doc gave me mometasone furoate nasal spray due to chronic nasal congestion. Said it might take some time to start working. How long to see any benefit?

4-7 days. Nasal steroid starts working in about 12 hrs but works optimally only after several days of daily use. Do note that not all people respond to nasal steroid even though it remains the most effective for allergic rhinitis. Read more...