Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
137 Doctors are Online

Stuffy nose with cold, tried many medicines, no cure. What to do for congestion ?

I have had a very stuffy nose for about a week and a half. My doctor said it is a cold and there wasn t much I could do to treat it. It seems like no matter what I try - Sudafed , NyQuil , NetiPot , Halls lozenges, plug-in menthol pads, steamy shower, drinking lots of hot tea and water - nothing seems to clear my congestion. For days I couldn t smell anything, and over the past few days, I ve smelled a strange floral smell. I smell it both at home and at work. Any thoughts what this smell is or what to do for my congestion?
Asked On : Fri, 22 Feb 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  15
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi and thanks for your query.
Flu symptoms are usually of viral origin and do not require antibiotics. However, after a flu, this could be a fertile ground for the breeding of bacteria and development of a bacterial infection.
In is certainly the case for you. You got a bacterial infection of the nasal pathways, that has also irritated the olfactory nerve endings, reason why you got difficulties with smell. The smell sensation is usually regained in about a week after the infection and irritation is cleared off.
Treatment involves nasal lavage with a saline solution and prescription of an appropriate broad spectrum antibiotic (Amoxicilline-Clavulinic acid could be appropriate). An analgesic can be associated if necessary.
consult your family physician for reevaluation and management.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Sat, 23 Feb 2013
I find this answer helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor