"Doc, it seems like I can't ever breathe out my nose. The pills help my sneezing but I always feel congested"
Many people identify with the above complaint. Nasal congestion is one of the most common symptoms of allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. "Rhinitis" means inflammation of the inside of the nose. Allergic rhinitis is caused by allergy triggers such as pollens from trees, grasses or weeds. Other allergy triggers include mold spores, dust mites, pets (cats and dogs head the list), feathers and, believe it or not, insects such as cockroaches. Non-allergic rhinitis may be triggered by weather changes, indoor or outdoor pollution, cigarette smoke or ash, fragrances, fumes and a host of other small particles in the air.
Why is nasal congestion so difficult to treat?
The inflammatory process that results in nasal inflammation (rhinitis) is very complex and involves several different cell types and substances released from these cells.
Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Sinus Congestion & Pain Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Decongestants help relieve stuffy
nose, sinus, and ear congestion symptoms. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin
pain reliever and fever reducer. Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy
eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
These products do not...
Hi, I hope that everyone is doing ok with his or her spring-time allergies. Frequently I am asked which is better to treat allergies : pills (oral anti-histamines) or nose sprays. For many people, putting medication in the nose may not be very appealing and they would rather take oral medications. However, several well-done studies have suggested that the first medication one should use to treat allergies to environmental proteins is the steroid nose sprays. Steroid nasal sprays have been proven to more effectively reduce nasal stuffiness, sneezing and post-nasal drip than allergy pills (anti-histamines). In fact, allergy pills on their own do not help with nasal congestion. Some allergy pills contain a decongestant in them, and are labeled with a “D” after their name, which will help with nasal congestion. These pills contain both the allergy medication and pseudophedrine. Although these are good medications (the combination allergy/pseu...
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