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How to get quick relief from cold and nasal congestion?

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Answered by

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At September 10, 2016
Reviewed AtJuly 27, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My mother is a diabetic and also hypertension patient. She is 66 years old. She is on regular diabetes and anti-hypertensive medicine. Now, she has severe cold, nasal congestion and ear congestion. Which medicine can be taken? Will Cetirizine be effective?

Answered by Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. I suggest tablet Allegra 180 mg (Fexofenadine) twice daily for five days. One tablet is to be taken in the morning and one at night after meals. Consult her doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicine with consent. Try to maintain a gap of at least three hours between diabetic medicines and Allegra. As such reactions are rare, but still maintain the gap. Give her steam inhalation four times a day. There is no need to give her Cetirizine if you are giving Allegra.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

What shall I do for her to get quick relief? She is quite concerned about the ear clog. She already had tablet Zevert 16.

Answered by Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com. Tell her to take steam inhalation with capsule Karvol (salts of Camphor, Eucalyptol and Menthol) added in it. Take hot boiled water and break the capsule Karvol and put the liquid part of the capsule to this boiled water and take steam inhalation of this for about fifteen minutes slowly. For ear blockage, I suggest two drops of Otrivin ear drops (Xylometazoline) in the ear. As she has already taken Zevert (Betahistine), my advice is to opt Allegra from tomorrow morning.

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Dr. Pooja Pardhi
Dr. Pooja Pardhi

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