Many. Over-the-counter saline sprays, over-the-counter Pseudoephedrine decongestants, prescription nasal steroids, or other nasal medications such as astelin. If these are partially due to allergies, then over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines may help. Increasing humidity in the room can also help.
Food allergies. Try looking into the idea that certain foods may be irritating yo your system, causing you to react with the chronic drip.
This may help. Neti pots can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. Afrin is quite strong but can only be used briefly.
Neti pot, steam. A steamy shower works great to get rid of nasal congestion. So does salt water irrigation of the nose, like a neti pot. They're available at most drug stores now.
I need an over-the-counter medicine that will get rid of nasal congestion for 6 hours or so (maybe reapplication in between)?
Afrin (oxymetazoline) Oxymetazolin is an over the counter nasal spray that will open the nose for up to 12hours. However, it can be habit forming and in the long run can stop working. It can affect the nose in such a way that no other spray will work and you will end up needing surgery. That is why this spray 'afrin' should never be used more than 3 consecutive days. You can use sudafed pill which is not habit forming.
How do I tell the difference on whether I have a cold or allergies? And how to get rid of nasal congestion?
Fever. The main difference between allergic congestion and a virus is that allergies don't cause fever. If you don't have a fever, look at the duration - congestion from a virus typically lasts less than a week. Nasal steroid sprays work best for the congestion of allergies; if severe, the use of decongestant nasal sprays for 5 days or less will offer the best relief.
Several differences. Common colds are often characterized by fever, whereas allergies never cause fever. Also, allergies are more likely to be predictable based on season, and are more likely to last longer, whereas the common cold is usually "self-limited" and goes away within 10-12 days.
Need diagnosis. I truly enjoy answering questions on health tap. As an ENT I am impressed by the number of questions that focus on quick fixes for the person's symptoms. I can not emphasize enough the need for an accurate diagnosis. Most physicians treat diseases, not symptoms. Having said this, you need to rule out nasal allergy, sinusitis with or without nasal polyposis. Reflux is a remote possibility.
Depends on cause. First we need to find out what causes the nasal congestion before we can treat it. Having said that, it is likely that your problem is from allergies. Nasal steroid often works. If not, consult an allergist.
My boyfriend isnt sick but he has really bad nasal congestion with snoring, what can he do to get rid of it?
Many causes. There are many causes of snoring from being overweight, having enlarged adenoids and/or tonsils, allergies, deviated septum, or other airway anatomy issues, to list a few of the more common ones. He should probably see an ENT to figure out how to treat the nasal congestion.
See his MD or ENT. Make an appt to see his md who will do several things....Discuss potential allergens, physically inspect his nose and throat for abnormalities, and possibly recommend a sleep study to check for sleep apnea.
My nasal congestion wont go away, when I cough I spit green mucous, but I don't feel a cold at all. What is it? How can I get rid of congestion nasal?
Sinus infection? You may have a sinus infection and your doctor should be able to help you with that in addition to finding out the cause for your constant nasal congestion.