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Cold symptoms in the form of sneezing, tears post colonoscopy. Cause and cure?

Hello, I had a colonoscopy this morning it all went fine but about an hour after leaving the hospital I experienced cold symptoms in the form of running nose, sneezing and tears is my left eye (nose is running on the left side only as well). I had no flu or common cold symptoms prior to the colonoscopy and was wondering if the symptoms I have been experiencing the whole day since have to do with the nasal oxygen I got during the procedure ? (the tube went through my left nostril ) an what can I do about it? Many thanks! An
Asked On : Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear...
The symptoms as mentioned in your post suggest that you might be having Allergic rhinitis, due to the oxygen tube.

Management includes:
1. Antihistamine preparations like Allegra can be taken for symptomatic relief.
2. Montelukast, which is used as a maintenance therapy
3. Maintain adequate hydration & take a healthy balance diet.
4. Also make sure that you are well protected from cold, dust & other allergens.

Wishing you a good health.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello maaikedvegt
thanks for your question
flu like symptoms post colonoscopy can be due to the irritation caused by oxygen tube as it can locally irritate mucosa and cause body's protective mechanism to come in action. And after discharge when you are out of hospital most probably you got some minor viral infection which is further manifesting like flu.
Take simple OTC nasal decongestant or simple steam inhalation will work.
take care
kindly rate
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gustav Gous's  Response
I do not think it has anything to do with the oxygen you received for two reasons, one; the time from the procedure to onset of symptoms is too short, two many people receive oxygen in this fashion without ever contracting a cold. Treatment for colds is symptomatic relief, decongestants combined with painkillers and anti-inflamatory medication.
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