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Do you have any more tips how to cure a acute blocked nose (or just get a momentary relief) without using nasal spray or warm salty water?
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Steam
If you heat water in a pan until it is steaming.
Place a towel over your head and (keeping your face away from the pot), allow the steam to go through your nostrils. Do not burn yourself. If you want a less risky option, try taking a hot shower and allowing the steam to build up.

In brief: Steam
If you heat water in a pan until it is steaming.
Place a towel over your head and (keeping your face away from the pot), allow the steam to go through your nostrils. Do not burn yourself. If you want a less risky option, try taking a hot shower and allowing the steam to build up.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Joram Seggev
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Take a pill
If you are otherwise healthy, have no diabetes, high blood pressure or thyroid problems and you are younger than 60, you can take an otc decogestant by mouth, such as phenylephrine 10mg or Pseudoephedrine (now behind the counter) 30-60mg every 6 hours for a few days.

In brief: Take a pill
If you are otherwise healthy, have no diabetes, high blood pressure or thyroid problems and you are younger than 60, you can take an otc decogestant by mouth, such as phenylephrine 10mg or Pseudoephedrine (now behind the counter) 30-60mg every 6 hours for a few days.
Dr. Joram Seggev
Dr. Joram Seggev
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Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Pull your nose
If you pull the outside of your nose/cheek border toward your ear, this helps to open up the nostril area and can temporarily relieve stuffiness.
Warm salt water (saline spray or irrigation) is also very good. Nasal spray, like afrin, (oxymetazoline) must be used judiciously as it can cause dependency if used for more than 3-4 days in a row. Sudafed can also help, but don't use if you have any contraindications!

In brief: Pull your nose
If you pull the outside of your nose/cheek border toward your ear, this helps to open up the nostril area and can temporarily relieve stuffiness.
Warm salt water (saline spray or irrigation) is also very good. Nasal spray, like afrin, (oxymetazoline) must be used judiciously as it can cause dependency if used for more than 3-4 days in a row. Sudafed can also help, but don't use if you have any contraindications!
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
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