Steam Inhalation

Inhalation of water vapor from boiling water is called steam inhalation. Steam inhalation is the most commonly used natural remedy for a blocked nose and other symptoms caused by a cold or sinus infection. It does not cure the infection but provides temporary relief from symptoms like stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, cough, and dry nasal tract.

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Why do I still feel pressure on top of my head after taking antibiotics for frontal sinusitis?

Query: Hi doctor, Before two weeks, I had a sinus infection and I have been prescribed Clavulin 1500 mg per day. At the end of the week, I was symptom-free. After stopping my medications, my symptoms came back and I developed a frontal sinus infection. I took Clavulin for three weeks at a higher dose an...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have a severe allergic problem with associated sinusitis. I have tried to explain the cascade of events in a simple manner. Exposure to dust initiates the reflexes such as sneezing to remove the offending agent. If this fails, mucus cells in the nose sta...  Read Full »

Why do I have ear pain and feel like the whole head is blocked?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from ear pain, and a kind of the whole head is blocked like sensation. The left and right ears are blocked with some air or water-like state. I have this ear pain for four days gradually on the same pain note. I have taken Aceclofenac with Paracetamol and Amoxicillin. I...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you have developed what we call a eustachian tube catarrh. This tube ventilates both the nose and the ear and can get blocked due to allergy or sinusitis or any upper respiratory infection such as common flu. If you have allergic issues, it has to be adequ...  Read Full »

What would you recommend for a stuffy nose, resulting in sleep difficulties?

Query: Hi doctor, I have enlarged turbinates in the right nostril. I have fatigue with some gut issues. My nose is stuffy with clear discharge. From this, what would recommend for me and how much to be taken? I have these issues for the past two months and I feel hard to sleep.   Read Full »


Dr. Afifa Nighat

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have difficulty while sleeping at night. It suggests that you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Your weight seems to be high. You need to do a complete physical examination before reaching a definitve diagnosis. I suggest you reduce your weight and sl...  Read Full »

My father is suffering from breathing problems. Kindly suggest ayurvedic remedies.

Query: Hello doctor, My father is suffering from breathing problems. I want to know whether there is a solution in ayurveda. Please suggest me.  Read Full »


Dr. Alka

Ayurveda Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You did not mention how long your father has been suffering from the disease, what are the exact symptom he had been facing and has he been taking any treatment or not. All these things would help me to make a correct diagnosis and l can suggest you the exact treatment. B...  Read Full »

I have breathing difficulty with cold while lying down. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I do not know what happened, but I stopped being able to breathe the last night. It was terrifying. My nose was stuffed up and I have been trying to get over the cold for almost 16 days now. I was laying on my back and had a dream (it was not scary at all). During the dream, I realized tha...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The most probable explanation is nasal stuffiness and especially during sleep it makes one choked. While awake and mobile nasal stuffiness decreases and we tend to breathe through the mouth, which is not always during sleep. It can happen again if nasal stuffiness is not...  Read Full »

Can I have permanent hearing loss due to intake of Cialis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27 year old male. I have been taking 5 mg Cialis about once per week for the past three months to help with prostatitis. After every tablet, I would usually notice some mild symptoms such as hearing things differently and sometimes some pressure in the ears. I assumed those we...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

ENT Otolaryngologist, Audiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cialis contains Tadalafil and hearing loss is a very less common side effect, but it can happen. I would advise you to get an audiometry done as that will tell us if hearing loss is there and its possible cause. Secondly, Tadalafil also causes some nasal congestion, which...  Read Full »

How to prevent recurrent ear infections?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an ear infection a year before. I now have the same symptoms (bleeding from the nose and pressure in the ear). I used Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfates, and Hydrocortisone optic solutions ear drops, but it looks like it is not enough for five days. Can you prescribe me or add an...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to be worried about nothing as this is a very common entity that we come across and is treatable. You have probably developed an acute infection of the eardrum due to eustachian tube catarrh, and that is why there is severe pain. You can consider the following...  Read Full »

Why am I having irritation in lungs and throat?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a nagging tickle or irritation on the top of the lungs and at the bottom of the throat. It causes me to cough occasionally. I have this problem for two months with no other symptoms. I shout at some people during work and I sing frequently. I am curious whether I have damaged my voi...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please mention whether you had a sudden onset or whether it was gradual. Please mention the duration of this onset, had any associated pain, any difficulty in breathing, any change in voice, any allergies, any aggravating factor, and relieving factors. I think that you ...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment options for mild symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

Query: Hello doctor, I am writing about my brother. He is 41 years old and was positive for COVID-19 four weeks ago. He had mild symptoms and treated at home. I send you the blood test he did yesterday. Could you please advise? Which treatment should he take?  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your brother was COVID-19 positive. I have gone through your brother's investigation reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and found that serum ferritin is 578 ng/mL (30-400) that is signific...  Read Full »

Why is my nose blocked even if I do not have a cold?

Query: Hi doctor, My nose is blocked without cold. I have phlegm at the back of my throat and I need to clear my throat often. I am experiencing this for five days now and I have trouble while breathing through the nose. I cannot go to the hospital now due to the pandemic. Before getting these symptoms, I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Manisha

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a stuffy nose and it can occur due to allergies or common cold or due to infection related to sinusitis. The phlegm in the throat can occur due to postnasal drip. If you do not have a fever or facial tenderness or headache, then it can be noninfectious sinusiti...  Read Full »

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