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Dealing with a runny nose

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by Foebane72, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Foebane72

    Foebane72 Active Member

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    NOTICE: Before anyone thinks this is a medical question: I contacted my doctor about how to deal with such a persistent runny nose, and they said there wasn't much they could do about it, so Mods please don't close this thread.

    Until my trip to America, my perennial rhinitis (all-year-round hayfever-type runny nose) was well under control, and even disappeared for a short while earlier this year. But it came back with a vengeance when I was on the plane to New York, and even some evenings when I was in America and even on the plane and coach back home.

    The thing is, I have had a means of containing it when it does happen so I don't end up always sniffling or blowing my nose (which must be a nuisance to fellow travellers:

    I plug up my nostrils with some tissue paper

    The thing is, I figured I would look pretty silly in public doing this, and so refrained from doing so... until my trip back home last week. Yes, I plugged up my nostrils with tissue paper in full view of the other passengers on the plane. Not many of them seemed to pay attention, but it was a bit embarrassing - but what's more embarrassing, that or continuously sniffling (which doesn't do a damn thing) or blowing my nose (which can be even more revolting if there's a burbling sound involved)? This wouldn't normally be an issue but since the paper tissues I got from America were so hopeless and quickly fragmented under more than a few uses, I had no choice.

    I could try Paracetamol or something (Oh, guess what? The Americans have NEVER heard of it) but there's always mention of these medications unblocking catarrh from noses, but nothing about stopping runny noses. What other options do I have?
  2. andyk

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    Paracetamol is sold under other names in USA. Google is your friend.

    The tissue up the nose thing is sufficiently weird to warrant thread closure, medical advice or not.
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    Paracetamol? That's just a painkiller and would have.little effect on a runny nose. I would suggest a product like singulair which is a brand name for montelukast. I don't know if there is an adult version. But you need some kind of decongestant.
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    Wouldn't an antihistamine help?


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  5. Foebane72

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    A decongestant stops a runny nose, does it? I thought the word meant "make more runny"? And Paracetamol's what what my doctor recommended.
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    If a doctor doesn't think there's much they can do about it, I don't think a bunch of AV geeks will be much help :)

    And decongestants don't just make the gunk run out, they can help to stop it from forming. Have a Google.
  7. Foebane72

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    The only antihistamine recommended by my doctor in the past was Beconase, but it's a nasal spray. Which is useless, obviously.
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    Mix some bicarbonate of soda and water and snort it daily for a few days, head leaned over style, it's not nice and will make it run more for a few days but it works.
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    If your doctor recommended Paracetamol for a runny nose he's not a doctor but a duck ;)
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    Might as well recommend warfarin :D

    (edit: blood thinners hahaha, not rat poison hahaha)
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  11. Graham27

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    The doc probably didn't mean "Take two with a glass of water", he probably meant "Stick one up each nostril". They'd be less noticeable than a wad of tissue.
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  12. Foebane72

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    I didn't tell the doctor I'd been sticking the tissues up my nostrils so I look like a bull with a paper ring in his nose.
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    On the short term a steroid based nasal spray like xylometazoline, available on the shelves of any supermarket

    Strictly short term though, overuse will likely cause a rebound effect
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    Decongestive nasel sprays usually contain Oxymetazoline or Phenylephrine. I've found the Oxymatazoline types a great help for a runny nose as a short term fix, it drys it up and reduces the inflamation in the nasel passages usually associated with a severe cold, just dont use it for more than 3 days and watch out for rebound congestion.

    They both stimulate alpha 1 receptors of the ring like muscles surrounding blood vessels. The muscle tightens and the pores of the vessels close smaller.

    There are differences. Phenylephrine belongs to a class of drugs call beta phenylethylamines, whose grand daddy is epinephrine (adrenaline). Oxymetazoline belongs to a class of drugs called Imidazolines and has a longer duration of action than phenylephrine.

    Phenylephrine does not get into the brain very easily, but if it did it probably would stimulate the brain.

    Oxymetazoline however, if levels were high enough might get into the brain, and being a imidazoline causes CNS depression, that can "lead to coma, and a marked reduction in body temperature especially in infants" . This is why Oxymetazoline should not be used in infants.

    With each drug rebound congestion with continued use is a problem, that is to say, the decreased blood flow with vasoconstriction causes carbon dioxide and or lactic acid to build up locally which directly dilates the blood vessels.

    The drugs may not act on exactly the same alpha receptors the same way, as I have seen mentioned in the literature a blurry reference that Imidazolines have actions on alpha 2 receptors, and that is a suspected reason why Oxymetazoline can work after Phenylephrine fails.
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    Goodman and Gilman's Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 6th edition, page 168
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    I thought you could have an operation to prevent snot? They remove the gland or something?
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    What? It's one tissue linked between your nostrils, rather than a small bit of tissue in each?
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    I have perennial rhinitis. I suffered with it for years and finally cracked and went to a specialist. He prescribed Flixonaise, which is now called Pirinaise. He said there was a steroid contained in it that built some type of barrier up in your nasal passage. God knows if he spouting rubbish or not but I will tell you one thing, it did the trick for me. Yes it's a nasal spray and you said that's no good but I don't understand that comment. A ladies son in work has the condition too and also used the same spray as I do. It's not often that I need it now. Give it a try as its an over the counter thing now where previously you had to have a prescription. Well years ago you did anyway.
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  18. Sanders79

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    Have you never been referred to an ENT specialist? If not then it might be worth asking your GP if they would arrange it if it really impacts your daily life. Could be something as dull as a polyp.

    Over the counter decongestants might help but it depends on what is the root cause.
  19. Foebane72

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    Yes, that's why I mentioned people staring at me. I do it that way because it's easy to fold the paper into the right size and length and I can remove it just as easily as well. I wouldn't want bits of paper stuck up into my nasal cavity that I couldn't remove now, would I?
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    It's not a polyp, I asked almost a year ago on a previous appointment.
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    How's Benadryl as an alternative?

    I don't like nasal sprays because they take a while to take effect, and considering how often my nose runs, how do I know the drug isn't being washed out with the snot when I blow my nose?
  22. PU6HY

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    There you go bud. Invoice is in the post :)

    My nose is very sensitive and I hated sticking the nozzle and planting the spray up there at first but taking a big sniff in and you'll be ok soon enough.
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    Our golden retriever always had a wet nose , he seemed happy enough .
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    Haha. Quality.
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    Decongestant nasal sprays work pretty fast in my experience... just keep sniffing to keep it up there for a few mins.
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    Don't sniff to hard though, otherwise you take it away from where it needs to act
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    I have severe hay fever/grass allergy. I've occasionally had to put a little bit of tissue up each nostril when I've been playing golf to stop drips/blood. I've never ended up with it lodged :)
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    I use Flixonase as well - used to have Beconase - and it works wonders...try and get some it can't hurt.

    Because if you have the same problem as me your nose will stop running when you clear it up. I hadn't had any for a month or so as i was too lazy to get to the doctors for a repeat prescription, so I was constantly bunged and runny....was using Ortivine, but not advisable for more than a couple of days. Picked up the spray on Wednesday, used the otrivine to clear things up and then took two sprays in each nostril before bed. one in each the following morning and no more otrivine - nostrils clear and free all day today....just one spray each morning and away you go.

    If you are as bad as me, it is worth it if it clears up the rhinitis.
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    Nasal wash? Or a clothes peg?
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    Have you thought about putting a tampax up each nostril? very absorbent, you, and those around you, would hardly know they were in there!

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