"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.
Definition A sneeze is a sudden, forceful, involuntary burst of air through the nose and mouth. See also: Allergen Allergic rhinitis Allergy to mold, dander, dust Allergy and asthma resources Common cold Vasomotor rhinitis Alternative Names Sternutation Considerations Sneezing iscaused by irritation to the mucous membranes of the nose or throat. It can be very bothersome, but is generally not a sign of a serious problem. Common Causes Allergy to pollen, mold, dander, dust ( hay fever ) Corticosteroid inhalation (from certain nose sprays) Drug withdrawal Nasal irritants such as dust and powders Virus infections (common cold, upper respiratory tract infections, the flu)
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/DECONGESTANT -
ORAL Mucinex Severe Congest-Cough Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, and cough caused by allergies, hay fever, the
common cold, or other breathing illnesses. This product is usually not used for
ongoing cough from smoking or long-term breathing problems (such as chronic
bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by your doctor. Guaifenesin is an
expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening mucus in the airways, clearing
congestion, and making breathing easier. Decongestants treat nasal congestion
by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose. The antihistamine blocks a
substance (histamine) released by allergies and has a drying effect to help dry
up a runny nose.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it i...
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