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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Nasal Problems
Nasal Congestion [posted 10/12/98]
Answer: Nasal steroids and nasal atrovent.
Nasal Passage Problems [posted 8/12/98]
Answer: Probably not, try some over the counter Intal nasal spray. Nasal steroids (prescription) may also help, but if they persist you need a formal examination.
Answer: Septal perforation is quite common in cocaine uses. An ENT (Ear-Nose-Throat Specialist) physician can repair the damage if it is not too severe. This does not have to be done, however most patients will have chronic nasal congestion until it is repaired.
Answer: Post nasal drip is very common and also very irritating. Smoking and environmental exposure are a common cause. So are dry rooms. The most easily correctable cause is to humidify your house and place of business. Many antihistamines are sedating. Some of the newer ones like Claritin and Allegra are much less so. Also, if there is any allergic component, a nasal steroid may be helpful. Some medicines like clonidine and occasionally beta-blockers can cause a stuffy nose. Finally, your smoking is probably the biggest contributor.
Answer: I suspect that you are really having significant reflux causing your problem. Elevate the head of your bed four inches, avoid eating 2-3 hours before bedtime, minimize caffeine and nicotine. Also, over the counter medications like Zantac, Tagamet, Pepcid taken at bedtime will help. If you can lose weight it is probably the biggest help in improving reflux. If you continue to have reflux see your physician for additional medications.