Nasal Agent

Nasal Agent

Nasal Agent
Nasal drugs are used to relieve congestion and treat allergies.

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    Otrivin Pediatric Nasal Drops (generic name is xylometazoline) is used for temporary relief of nasal congestion that may be caused by conditions such as cold or flu, sinus problems, and allergies. It may also be used to relief congestion in the ears or other conditions as determined by your practitioner.

    It acts by constricting the blood vessels within the nose, which causes less swelling and congestion. 

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    Serious side effects of azelastine may include wheezing, tightness in your chest, heart palpitations or pounding and trouble breathing. If you experience any of these serious side effects, you should stop using azelastine and call your doctor right away. Mild side effects of azelastine may include dry mouth, sore throat, burning in your nose, bloody nose, headache, drowsiness or dizziness, bitter taste in your mouth, nausea, cough, sneezing and red eyes. If you have any questions or concerns about the side effects of azelastine, you should talk to your doctor.

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    Allegra is the brand name of fexofenadine, an antihistamine. In February 2010, fexofenadine was approved for use over-the-counter without a prescription.
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    Basic decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or home remedies such as menthol products can provide relief from a stuffy nose or head. Keep a supply of the plain old little red Sudafed pills (generic pseudoephedrine) in your medicine cabinet. Also try the old-fashioned remedy of VapoRub. A dab of that on your neck and chest goes a long way toward clearing your head. A new product to try is Sudacare Shower Soothers. They are large tablets that you pop onto the floor of your shower, then as the water hits it, you are enveloped in a steam shower of menthol that works wonders on clearing your sinuses.


    Cool mist humidifiers -- with or without any menthol product added -- can make a huge difference during the winter when your house is dried out from using the heater. Don't underestimate the relief these old-fashioned remedies can provide.

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    Cetirizine is an antihistamine used for seasonal allergies and some other environmental allergies. It is a more recent "cousin" of diphenhydramine (commonly branded as Benadryl). It may cause mild sedation/sleepiness, but marketed as causing much less than older generations of antihistamine. It can be taken daily. It should not be given to children without the express instruction of the child's pediatrician. It must be used with caution and only after your doctor's approval in persons with hypertension or taking any prescription medication.
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    How can I explain anesthesia to a child?
    Children may have concerns about anesthesia before surgery, but it requires no shots and won't hurt. Watch orthopedic surgeon Laurel Benson, MD, of Rocky Mountain Pediatric Orthopedics, describes how she explains the treatment to children.
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    What are doctors doing to keep patients safe from anesthesia awareness?
    To keep patients safe from anesthesia awareness, doctors pay close attention to medical history, and the maintenance of surgical machines and monitors. Watch anesthesiologist Yael Varnado, MD, explain how doctors protect patients during surgery.
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    Yoga can help you reduce your stress levels, which are usually elevated when you're fighting a cold. The gentle stretching involved in the poses can also help relieve aches and pains.
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    Taking a 20- or 30-minute walk several times a week is a great way to stay in shape. It can even ease the symptoms of your cold by allowing you to open up your breathing passages as you inhale. On the other hand, avoid long-distance endurance running when you have a cold, because studies have shown that your immune system function can be compromised for up to a day afterward.
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    Zyrtec-D should be stored in the original packaging in an area that is out of the reach of children. It should also be kept in a cool and dry place.