Common "Decongestant" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Medicine that gives tempory relief from a stuffy or blocked nose during cold, sinusitis, hay fever or allergies is called a decongestant. They are commercially available as nasal sprays, tablets or capsules, syrups, and powder. The common decongestants used are Oxymetazoline, Phenylephrine, and Pseudoephedrine.

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I have been suffering from cold and congestion. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from a stubborn cold lately, and the congestion is making it hard to breathe. I have tried over-the-counter decongestants before, but I am not sure which one would be most effective for my symptoms. I have seen products containing phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concerns. Both phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are decongestants that help reduce nasal congestion by constricting blood vessels in the nasal passages. They are often used to alleviate cold symptoms, but there are some dif...  Read Full »

What causes my ear congestion?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a severe cough and cold for the past five months, which may last up to one month. One day, I took steam to reduce my cold, but since that night, my ear has been clogged. The next day, I went to the doctor, and he gave me a decongestant. Three to four days lat...  Read Full »

Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Your complaint and history imply that you have ETD (Eustachian tube dysfunction). This happens when your eustachian tube, which links your middle ear to the posterior section of your nasal cavity, fails to open when s...  Read Full »

I have nasal congestion and cough. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 49 year old male. I am suffering from nasal congestion and cough. I am taking only Levocetirizine for this. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your infection will be most probably a viral infection because of the season now. However, we can be sure of that only after a swab is taken and it is cultured to see if there grows any bacteria in it. I give you the following suggestions to take care of the pr...  Read Full »

Why is there flowing nose with nose block in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 7 years old, has a flowing nose. Sometimes, nose block for 7 to 8 days, light fever from today morning, cough at night especially.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The nose block feeling could be due to enlarged nasal turbinate or excess nasal secretion. He can be prescribed decongestant syrup for congestive symptoms. The Paracetamol syrup SOS can be prescribed for fever. His CBC should be done for further workup. You should co...  Read Full »

How can we treat eustachian tube catarrh?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain and a ringing sound and sometimes heartbeat sound in my ear. I have pain because of this. I think this is due to an ear infection. I have a problem only with the right ear; the duration of the problem is about eight to nine days. Please help  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is absolutely nothing to worry about as this is a widespread treatable entity. You have developed Eustachian tube catarrh, secondary to nasal allergy or inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not function, a n...  Read Full »

Do my ear and throat hurt due to bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a bacterial infection in my upper GI tract that hurt my throat and ears. My ears were constantly popping, and my hearing was off. I took two weeks of antibiotics, and the main symptoms have disappeared, but I still do not feel 100 %. Is it normal after having a throat and ear infecti...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The problem you are facing is catarrhal inflammation of the eustachian tube, which has developed secondary to residual upper respiratory tract inflammation. The eustachian tube ventilates the nose and the ear. In a situation where it does not fu...  Read Full »

I have to travel by plane tomorrow but I recently had an ear infection which has subsided but I am left with fluid in my ears. Please help.

Query: Hello,I am going on holiday and traveling by plane tomorrow. I have recently had an ear infection which has gone but I am left with fluid in my ears. I have been taking decongestants and inhaling menthol crystals but my ears are still blocked. I am worried my ear drum will burst and that I will be i...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. In addition to chewing gums and sipping warm water while landing I would suggest you take a tablet of anti-inflammatory medicines, Trypsin, and Chymotrypsin topside combination two or three hours before landing. Applying Otrivin nose drop...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for running nose and cold?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past two days, I am suffering from a cold because of climatic change. I am having body ache and headache. I am a little lethargic. There are signs of a cough and running nose. I am taking cough syrup (Correch-LS).  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a viral respiratory infection. For that, symptomatic management is done with a decongestant.Levocetirizine like decongestant can be taken for five days. Steam inhalation can be done for three times a day with warm water. Take Vitamin C tablet 500 mg twice a day ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason behind my feverless dry cough that gets aggravated after meals?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old male who has developed a dry cough with no fever. I have had it for a few months. It mostly happens in the evenings and almost certainly happens after I have eaten. I also find myself clearing my throat a lot. I am currently being investigated for left side abdominal...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the icliniq,com. You are having a dry cough which is pointing toward an allergic cough. You can try to take turmeric powder with milk daily for dry cough. Decongestants like Montelukast can be prescribed by your doctor. I suggest you consult an allergic specialist doctor for your ph...  Read Full »

Is there any other way besides nasal spray to relieve my congested nose daily?

Query: Hi doctor, From the past 3 or 4 years, my nose has been reliant on nose sprays. I wake up, and I am congested. I go through my day, and I am congested. My sinuses feel like they swell up. I do not have a runny nose. It is just swelling. I do not believe it is allergies because I would take Benadryl ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chronic usage of decongestants leads to a condition called as rhinitis medicamentosa. This will cause an increase in symptoms, in spite of treatment. Gradually taper and stop the decongestants therapy, as it will be harmful you further. Continue with tablet Dazit (Deslor...  Read Full »

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