Saline Nasal Drops

The saline nasal spray is a sterilized sodium chloride solution or saltwater that treats the dryness of the inner lining of the nose, thereby preventing nasal bleeding. It helps relieve dried mucus and a stuffy nose. It is also used for snoring and sleep apnea. This does not cause any complication or adverse effect; hence can be used often.

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I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old female. I have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism since four years. I take Eltroxin daily and go for a thyroid sonar once a year. I went for an ultrasound yesterday and my report stated that my thyroid features are consistent with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. But, what reall...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from the reports you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that you do have some enlarged lymph nodes. Yes, there are two possibilities but it is more likely that these are due to: The upper respiratory tr...  Read Full »

What causes frequent nosebleeds?

Query: Hello doctor, My nose is bleeding often. It happened six to eight times in the past 10 months. The blood is red in color. I do not feel any pain, and the bleeding is not too much. Most of the times I do not realize that my nose is bleeding.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bleeding of the nose is quite common in some people. Some of the most common causes are dryness inside the nose, pollution, picking of the nose, sinusitis, deviated nasal septum, rhinitis, and bleeding disorders. Considering the myriad of causes involved, I suggest yo...  Read Full »

When can I go for a review after septoplasty and maxillary antrostomy surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I had septoplasty and maxillary antrostomy four weeks back, but I still have swelling in the nose. My Rhinocort nose spray does not stay in my nose when I spray it. I rinse my nose with saline four times a day, and still, my nose is dry. I am going to get a doctor's appointment after ei...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After the surgery, it is advised you schedule an appointment with the ENT surgeon in about a week. This visit enables the surgeon to assess the healing, any crusting, infection, etc. Eight weeks may be too late. The nasal spray forms a mist inside the nose when you spray,...  Read Full »

How to make a 14-month-old baby eat after undergoing adenoid surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient's adenoids were removed before five days. He was taken to the recovery room and was so cranky. His breathing was funny, so he was put on oxygen. In about 45 minutes he was able to breathe on his own, he coughs and get a lot. We bought grape juice, ice cream, and milk. He is m...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please feed him breastmilk. Encourage him to suck, and the feed needs to be started after about 4 hours of the procedure. Also, to relieve the pain give him painkiller syrup say about 5 mL of Paracetamol (125 mg per 5 mL) given thrice or four times will alleviate the ...  Read Full »

Is blocked nostril a common side effect of septoplasty and sinus surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I underwent a septoplasty with turbinate reduction and sinus surgery. It has been three weeks of doing surgery. I have some questions to ask you. Kindly give your opinion. My septum was present deviated to the left side with a bony spur. But now, it has been corrected. My right inferio...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to On post septoplasty and turbinate reduction, there is some amount of temporary obstruction on one side due to crusting and accumulation of secretion. The block gets reduced when the crust gets dislodged. After removing nasal packs on the second day of post-surgery, one-...  Read Full »

What causes smelly sneezes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am in my mid-twenties, and when I sneeze hard, it creates a smell in the air that is hard to describe. I have read online that this could be a sinus infection or diabetes, or other health issues, but I am in good health and have no sinus infection or diabetes symptoms. However, this...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is absolutely nothing that you need to worry about. Sneezes can often be pungent-smelling in few people, and it is sometimes genetically determined without any underlying condition. However, in your case, the most likely problem could be underlying allergies wh...  Read Full »

Can nasal drops be given to a 5-day-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 5 days old, and her nose is congested. What can I do to help her?  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Use these nasal drops: Normal saline nasal drops two drops in each nostril every four hours. Keep the head of the baby a bit low while instilling drops. There is no need for any other medication at this age. Keep a watch for her feeding. Take care.  Read Full »

What is constant throat clearing a symptom of?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old male, and I have been having problems with my throat for over a month. I feel some phlegm keeps sticking behind my nose. I have seen an ENT surgeon who performed a nasal endoscopy, which all looked fine, with no inflammation signs on my voicebox. I am regularly clearin...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your history, you are having discomfort because of the thick nasal discharge behind the throat, and the most common causes include allergy, viral infection, and cold climate. Treatment: 1) Tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg PO (after meals) hs (at night) for seven days...  Read Full »

Septoplasty done before three months and still had dry breathing. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,How long does it take for breathing to feel normal after septoplasty/ turbinate reduction? I had the surgery three months back, and my nose still feels stiff and breathing dry and cold at times. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It usually takes two weeks maximum for you to get back to normal. It largely depends on for what the septoplasty and turbinate reduction have been performed. If you were having allergic issues earlier, along with which a deviated nasal septum and turbinate hypertrophy...  Read Full »

Does sinusitis usually cause loss of taste?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40 year old female, non smoker. I had a sinus infection as a result of cold nearly two months ago. I was put on Doxycycline for two weeks and then a steroid nasal spray when the inflammation in my nose had not resided. I can smell things quite clearly up close to my nose but canno...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We will help you alleviate the problem. I understand that you are a 40 year old otherwise healthy lady suffering from sinus infection. You perceive smells close up your nose but have decreased taste sensation. You are worried about when the taste sensation will return a...  Read Full »

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