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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
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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
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