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What can I do for a stuffy nose?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Water, water

Drink lots of water. Breathe steam [easy: make a cup of tea and inhale the steam].
Try salt water nose rinses [spray, bottle like neilmed, or neti pot]. Consider over the counter decongestants. Figure out *why* your nose is stuffy: infection? Allergies? Good luck. Hope you can breathe easily soon.

In brief: Water, water

Drink lots of water. Breathe steam [easy: make a cup of tea and inhale the steam].
Try salt water nose rinses [spray, bottle like neilmed, or neti pot]. Consider over the counter decongestants. Figure out *why* your nose is stuffy: infection? Allergies? Good luck. Hope you can breathe easily soon.
Dr. Francine Yep
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Eucalyptus in steam can open the nose. Airborne can help. There are some herbaceuticals that work well too. Check out www.franzcenter.com. And Dr Yeps advice is perfect.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Stuffy Nose

Infection or recent infection? Do u have little kids that could bring home viruses? Travel or work? Allergies? First start with otc antihistamines although they usually don't work.
Salt water washes can be very good. Lastly, ask your primary care doctor to try a nasal spray. Stepwise approach is best to solve the problem.

In brief: Stuffy Nose

Infection or recent infection? Do u have little kids that could bring home viruses? Travel or work? Allergies? First start with otc antihistamines although they usually don't work.
Salt water washes can be very good. Lastly, ask your primary care doctor to try a nasal spray. Stepwise approach is best to solve the problem.
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Dr. Neil Baman
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It depends on the cause.
If it lasts 7-10 days, then it's likely related to a viral infection (i.e. The common cold). However if it is persistent, then it may be related to environmental allergies. Treatment then would include avoidance measures (after determining what you're allergic too), medications (such as nasal sprays), and/or allergy shots.

In brief: Depends

It depends on the cause.
If it lasts 7-10 days, then it's likely related to a viral infection (i.e. The common cold). However if it is persistent, then it may be related to environmental allergies. Treatment then would include avoidance measures (after determining what you're allergic too), medications (such as nasal sprays), and/or allergy shots.
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