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how can i dry up the nasel mucu assoc with the development

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how can i dry up the nasel mucu assoc with the development of a cold and leading to bronchitus
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Welcome to JA!

Symptomatic therapy is the mainstay of common cold treatment.

The usual course and duration of illness is up to one and a half weeks for patients with a cold; symptoms persist an additional three days on average in smokers.
The symptomatic treatment includes analgesics and antipyretics or antihistamines, nasal decongestants or bronchodilators if there in case one has symptoms of bronchoconstriction like wheezes and shortness of breath.
Antibiotics are not needed and may have side effects
Antitussives may be needed for cough

Most patients with acute bronchitis require only reassurance and symptomatic treatment. Many patients with acute bronchitis have associated symptoms of the common cold and may benefit from symptomatic treatment.

Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK advise not treating acute bronchitis with antibiotics, with the following exceptions:

Those at high risk of serious complications because of preexisting comorbidity (heart, lung, renal, liver, neuromuscular disease, or immunosuppression)
Patients over 65 years of age with acute cough and two or more of the following, or patients over 80 years of age with one or more of the following:
Admission to hospital in the previous year
Type 1 or type 2 diabetes
History of congestive heart failure
Current use of oral glucocorticoids
Mycoplasma pneumoniae or Chlamydophi


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Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 3 years ago.
Pseudoephedrine is used to treat the stuffy nose caused by common cold or flu or allergies or bronchitis. it works by narrowing the blood vessels and decreasing the swelling and congestion.

Over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays provide fast relief by shrinking the swollen blood vessels in your nasal passages, helping you breathe more easily.

Most contain one of two main active ingredients: which can relieve congestion for up to 12 hours, and phenylephrine, which lasts up to four hours.

in addition drinking plenty of fluid or steam inhalation can also help.

If the symptoms persist despite these measures, consult your physician.
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello from JA
I would not recommend that you treat yourself at all; and we should not without further information.

What are your current symptoms; how long have you had a cough?

In many cases, over the counter medications prolong the illness and in some cases are dangerous according to recent evidence.

Have you been seen by a doctor at this point?

What findings?
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 3 years ago.
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