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Suggest treatment for nasal block when suffering from hay fever

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Question: I have hay fever allergies and tonight out of the blue I am so stuffed up it's very hard to breath. I have taken my regular hayfever meds but they are not working !! I also to one Benadryl small pink one!! But it is t working either is there anything else I can take !! It feels like I'm being closed in a Box!!
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
OTC nasal decongestant.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Get an OTC nasal decongestant drops or spray containing 0.1% Xylometazoline and instill 3-4 drops in both nostrils.

2. This will help you get through this episode of nasal stuffiness. This medication is only for short term use. Do not use it more than twice a day for more than two weeks at a time.

3. Steam inhalation may help. You may take this for 15 minutes at a time, more than once a day.

4. See an ENT Specialist as soon as possible. If chest tightness does not decrease, visit an ER.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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Suggest treatment for nasal block when suffering from hay fever

Brief Answer: OTC nasal decongestant. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. 1. Get an OTC nasal decongestant drops or spray containing 0.1% Xylometazoline and instill 3-4 drops in both nostrils. 2. This will help you get through this episode of nasal stuffiness. This medication is only for short term use. Do not use it more than twice a day for more than two weeks at a time. 3. Steam inhalation may help. You may take this for 15 minutes at a time, more than once a day. 4. See an ENT Specialist as soon as possible. If chest tightness does not decrease, visit an ER. I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them. Regards.