FOR HEAD CONGESTION, EAR CONGESTION,
AND RUNNY NOSE
Cold viruses attack the lining of the nasal passages causing swelling and
increasing mucus production. This results in nasal congestion or
stuffiness, and a runny nose. Clogged nasal passages interfere with
normal breathing and can also affect your sense of taste and smell.
Sometimes the channel (Eustachian tube) to the ear also becomes congested
or clogged by mucus, creating pressure or discomfort in the inner ear.
NATURAL TREATMENT AND COMFORT MEASURES
FLUIDS. Drink double or triple the amount of your usually daily
intake. Fluids help your body keep the mucus thinner and can help prevent
complications like ear infection or bronchitis.
AROMATIC, HERBAL TEAS, OR SPICY SOUPS can help clear your sinuses.
Chicken soup, bouillon, or any salty liquid can help relieve the dizzy
feeling that sometimes occurs with head congestion symptoms.
STEAM INHALATION from a tea kettle, a pan of water, vaporizer, or
hot shower can liquefy and loosen thick mucus and open your sinus
passages. Do this for 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day.
MEDICATIONS: Always read the product information, recommended dosage
and warnings on the package before taking any medication.
PSEUDOVAL (like sudafed; pseudoephedrine) is an effective
decongestant. It works by shrinking blood vessels and swollen membranes
in the nasal passages and thus relieves congestion and makes breathing
easier. It does not stop a runny nose. It will not make you drowsy
because it does not contain antihistamine.
Adult dosage: 1or 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours
Warning: Decongestants may cause nervousness, dizziness, and
insomnia. Do not take at bedtime. Do not use if you have high blood
pressure, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or thyroid disease, prostate
problem, or glaucoma, unless you have checked with your physician. Do not
use if you are pregnant or nursing a baby; seek the advice of your
Drug interaction precaution: Do not use this product if you are
taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs
for depression, psychiatric or emotional conditions, or Parkinson's
disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug. If you are
uncertain whether your prescription drug contains an MAOI, consult a
health professional before using this product.
contains acetaminophen, to reduce fever and discomfort. It also contains
a decongestant and an antihistamine. The
decongestant helps relieve nasal and ear congestion and makes breathing
easier. The antihistamine seems to be effective in relieving runny nose,
sneezing, itchy eyes, and other allergy-like symptoms which accompany a
headcold. Antihistamines are thought to reduce the reaction of the local
tissues to the virus.
Adult Dosage: 2 tablets every 4 hours.
Warning: May cause drowsiness. Avoid driving or taking
alcoholic beverages when using this medication. Also, same warnings as
for Pseudoval and Acetaminophen.
- NASAL SPRAYS are effective decongestants but can be habit
forming and cause worse problems if overused or if used habitually. The
rebound congestion which may result may be worse than the congestion it
was used to relieve. For this reason, nasal sprays are not available from
the Self-Care Center for Colds.
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