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DRY MOUTH IN BED AT NIGHT BLOCKED NOSTRILS RESULTING IN HAVING

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DRY MOUTH IN BED AT NIGHT BLOCKED NOSTRILS RESULTING IN HAVING TO BREATH THROUGH THE MOUTH CLEAR FLUID RUNS OUT OF NOSTRILS IN DAYTIME
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
It will help if you could provide some further information:
How long has this been bothering you?
Which nasal drops have you been trying?
Have you tried any other medicines for this?
Do you have any other chronic medical problems?
Are you taking any chronic medicines?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ordinary nasal drops other. medical problems are bad blood circulation plantar fasitis and carpal tunnel syndrom. medicines for blood is Amlodipine piriton for hay fever naproxen for arthitis movicol and senna for constipation-


 

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
There are two common types of nose drops, either a simple saline solution or decongestant nose drops. Which of these are you using?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

saline drops

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Very good, as the use of decongestant nose drops will tend to make the problem worse and management would usually involve having to detox off the decongestant drops.

You are correct that the nasal blockage will cause increased mouth breathing and a dry mouth, so the primary interventions are oriented to the nose obstruction.

The saline nose drops are good, but some people find that more aggressive use of saline is more effective. Specifically, irrigation of the nose and sinuses with salt water, such as with a NetiPot, can be much more effective at clearing the nose and sinuses. This is what I use when my allergies start causing more symptoms.

It is appropriate to use an antihistamine, such as you are doing. The next steps would be a nasal spray of medicines that are not decongestants (decongestant nasal sprays have the same problems as decongestant nose drops). The nasal sprays that are used most often are one of the steroid nasal sprays, which work by relieving the inflammation in the nose and sinuses. Another option would be NasalCrom, which works by blocking the release of histamine.

Therefore, you can start with more aggressive saline irrigation of the nose, and if that is insufficient, start using one of the above nasal sprays.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.