Medications for Stuffy Noses

The good thing about stuffy noses is that they usually are not considered to be serious.  This means that you can treat a stuffy nose at home with home remedies as well as over the counter medications.  If you have a cold or a stuffy nose related to allergies then you can easily treat it at home with decongestants and antihistamines.  However, a sinus infection is probably going to require a trip to the doc.

OTC Medicines

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Whether it’s the common cold or allergies that have caused you to suffer a stuffy nose, there are plenty of OTC medicines that you can find at a local pharmacy or your local grocery store.  Keep in mind that OTC medications should only be used in adults, young adults, and older children – not infants.

  • Antihistamines – Zyrtec/Claritin
    If you are treating a stuffy nose due to allergies, you can purchase Zyrtec, which used to be a prescription allergy medicine, at your local Wal-Mart or pharmacy.  Zyrtec is an antihistamine that will help in alleviating the your stuffy nose as well as other symptoms you may experiencing such as runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, etc. Another excellent medication for a stuffy nose is Claritin.
  • Decongestants – Sudafed
    Oral decongestants are an excellent over-the-counter solution for stuffy noses.  You probably shouldn’t take a decongestant longer than a few days or you could experience a more severe and aggressive nasal congestion.  Regardless, they can work very well to alleviate your stuffy nose and can be purchased in liquid and tablets.
  • Pain Relievers – Tylenol/Ibuprofen
    Stuffy noses can be very uncomfortable and for some, almost intolerable.  However, you can take pain relievers to help soothe the pain that you are experiencing due to your stuffy nose.  You can take Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, etc.
  • Combination of Decongestant, Pain Reliever and Antihistamine
    You can also find a combination of decongestant, pain reliever and antihistamine.  For example, Tylenol Allergy Multi-Symptom is a great demonstration of this.  You can get three meds in one!
  • Saline Sprays
    While you can make a great homemade solution for saline nasal spray, you can also purchase it over-the-counter.  These provide excellent temporary relief for your stuffy nose by spraying the saline solution in your nose, which flushes out the mucus from your sinuses.  Keep in mind that saline nasal sprays are not made to use for the long-term and can become rather addictive due to the soothing that it can provide.

Prescribed Antibiotics

The thing with a sinus infection is that you actually need antibiotics to kill the infection provided that it is a bacterial infection.  Some of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics include Amoxil, Z-pack, Trimox, etc. You’ll need to take the antibiotics prescribed by your physician probably seven to 10 days depending on the type of medication, dosage and doctor’s orders.

Medicines for Stuffy Noses in Infants

Adults and teenagers aren’t the only ones that suffer from stuffy noses – infants and toddlers do too!

  • OTC Medicines – Zyrtec/Claritin
    Zyrtec and Claritin can actually be given to toddlers two years of age and above if they suffer symptoms, such as a stuffy nose, due to allergies.  However, over-the-counter medicines are NOT recommended for use with infants and most small children under the age of six years of age, unless specifically directed by the pediatrician.
  • At Home Fixes
    Despite that, though there are a few things you can do for your infant and small child at home.  First of all, you can use non-medicated saline nasal spray to help flush the mucus out of their sinuses.  After spraying the solution in the infant’s nose, you’ll need to take a bulb syringe or aspirator to suck the mucus out of their nose.  Second, you can place a cool-mist humidifier in the child’s room as this will help keep the air within the child’s room moist.  Make certain that you keep the humidifier clean at all times or the stuffy nose can be aggravated. 

    If the problems persist with your infant then it is best to call your doctor.  Your doctor may be able to give you information over the phone but if not then a visit will be required.

Regardless of why you are suffering a stuffy nose, these medications for stuffy noses will help alleviate the pain and congestion that you are feeling, allowing you to get back to your everyday life in no time.

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