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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What is the reason for sore throat and difficulty in speaking for the past two and half months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old male and I have been suffering from sore throat for 2 and a half months now. It all started in late December. I am a singer, and I came down with a very light cold. Due to the weather, I had a light sore throat. During this time, I had to sing and speak loudly with ...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You are a singer and that signifies the history of voice abuse which might be the cause. Due to voice abuse, vocal cords get fatigue and swollen which result in hoarseness of voice. All you need is a voice rest. Avoid talking as much as poss...  Read Full »

Why does my ear remain blocked even after doing septoplasty?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently got a septoplasty. My problem started two months ago when I had a breathing problem, and my ear was also blocked. I used to have mild pain in my ear. The doctor checked my ear, and he said it is fine. He said that my Eustachian tubes are blocked, and I had a deviated nasal s...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The Eustachian tube blockage due to nasal septal deviation may take some time for complete recovery. The tube takes time to decongest, as nasal mucosa takes time to heal. Take an oral decongestant and nasal decongestant drops. Get an impedance audiometry done and send me ...  Read Full »

I start to have sudden constant tinnitus from last week. What is the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I have sudden constant tinnitus that started last week. I used to hold my nose closed while sneezing from the past four years, but I have stopped doing it now. And I had vertigo a few months back. I also use Rogaine.   Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer the following questions. Did you suffer from any loud noise exposure or trauma to the ear? Do you have any history of nasal or throat infection? Did you travel by flight recently? Revert with more information to an ENT otolaryngologist online --> https://...  Read Full »

Can playing in the water with tampons result in TSS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old female, I am traveling, and a week back I went on a canyoning adventure while I was on my period. I wore a tampon for nearly eight hours while going in and out of the river water. The water was flowing so I hoped there would not be much dangerous bacteria, but I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me get few facts straight, toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a complication of using tampons, but it is not the commonest complication. So you have to rule out other common causes. You have a risk of TSS if you do not change tampons for days, or have unhygienic metho...  Read Full »

Can the Clevira tablet be used as preventive medicine for COVID?

Query: Hello doctor, I always take Kabasura Kudineer four times a week and do steam inhalation whenever my parents go outside and come. I do not go outside. After my parents come from outside, they always immediately have a bath and the following night have Kabasura Kudineer and steam inhalation. I always...  Read Full »


Dr. Uthrapathi Sakthivel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Clevira is an antiviral formulation to give supportive care in mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. Dosage is two tablets after food in the morning and the night for 14 days. It is taken only at the duration of corona affected period. It is not used for prevention pur...  Read Full »

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

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