Definition of decongestant in English:

decongestant

adjective

  • (chiefly of a medicine) used to relieve nasal congestion.

    • ‘Antihistamine and decongestant combinations are used to treat the nasal congestion (stuffy nose), sneezing, and runny nose caused by colds and hay fever.’
    • ‘A decongestant spray may cause more congestion in some people, and over-the-counter sprays may have stimulant side effects.’
    • ‘Antihistamine, antiallergic and steroid nasal sprays work well, as do decongestant sprays.’
    • ‘Don't use a decongestant nasal spray for more than two or three days at a time because, after longer use, you may develop severe congestion as soon as you stop.’
    • ‘If you see a doctor within four to six hours, treatment will usually be with decongestant medications such as pseudoephedrine or terbutaline.’
    • ‘Non-medicated saline sprays or pure drinking water are more effective than decongestant sprays, which can damage the nasal lining if used regularly.’
    • ‘If you can't avoid flying, ask your doctor for a decongestant nasal spray.’
    • ‘To clear a muggy head, put a couple of drops of thyme, rosemary or pine essential oil on a handkerchief and inhale frequently - all have antiviral and decongestant properties.’
    • ‘Over the counter antihistamines or antihistamine decongestant mixtures in long acting form work well for many people.’
    • ‘Peppermint also has antiseptic and decongestant qualities that can help relieve the pain of ear inflammation.’
    • ‘Baxter is expected to contend that his positive test was an innocent mistake resulting from the use of a nasal decongestant inhaler which contained levmetamfetamine, a chemical related to methamphetamine.’
    • ‘Most patients I see with this problem are taking some sort of western medication i.e. antihistamine, nasal decongestant spray or cortisone based inhalers.’
    • ‘If you use a decongestant nasal spray (like Afrin, Neo-Synephrine, or Dristan) for more than three days, watch out for rebound congestion, which makes you even more congested.’
    • ‘This is present in many cold and decongestant preparations.’
    • ‘Using a cool mist vaporizer or giving your child an over-the-counter decongestant medicine may help.’
    • ‘If the reason for nasal decongestant addiction was anatomically based - say, a deviated septum - then surgery may be necessary.’
    • ‘You can also try using a nasal decongestant spray several hours before the flight.’
    • ‘For people with significant nasal congestion, a decongestant therapy may be prescribed.’
    • ‘You may be given a decongestant spray or paste to reduce any inflammation in the nose.’
    • ‘In accordance with common practice in the Netherlands, the children also received decongestant nasal drops and could be given acetaminophen to relieve pain and fever.’

noun

  • A decongestant medicine.

    • ‘In short, he had a cold, and we discussed over-the-counter decongestants.’
    • ‘Tremor can be caused by some medicines, including heart medicines, decongestants, medicines for breathing problems, and tricyclic antidepressants.’
    • ‘He received multiple courses of oral antibiotics, nasal steroids, and decongestants, with only temporary relief.’
    • ‘Many over-the-counter cold and allergy medications contain a combination of antihistamines and decongestants.’
    • ‘Because oral decongestants elevate blood pressure, avoid them if you have high blood pressure (hypertension).’
    • ‘Looking through the chart, I found that antibiotics, antihistamines, analgesics, and decongestants had been no help.’
    • ‘Appropriate doses of analgesics, antipyretics and decongestants should be offered, as well as patient education about the chosen treatment strategy.’
    • ‘When appropriate, prescribe decongestants, cough medicine or antipyretics.’
    • ‘Often, the condition can be controlled with decongestants, antihistamines, and nasal corticosteroid sprays and sometimes antibiotics.’
    • ‘Studies have shown no benefit to treating children's colds with antihistamines, decongestants or cough suppressants.’
    • ‘Don't use medicated nose drops, sprays, or decongestants without first checking with your health care provider.’
    • ‘For example, decongestants, steroids, aspirin and ibuprofen may cause side effects that are also symptoms of anxiety or panic, such as nervousness and sweating.’
    • ‘Nose drops containing decongestants or antihistamines may be used to reduce the swelling of the mucous membranes in the nose and back of the throat.’
    • ‘The patients were treated with cough syrup and decongestants.’
    • ‘Antihistamines and decongestants are available over the counter - without a prescription.’
    • ‘Research has shown that cold and allergy medications such as antihistamines and decongestants are not helpful in preventing them.’
    • ‘If your child is taking medications that contain antihistamines or decongestants, talk to your child's doctor about whether to continue them during the flight.’
    • ‘Management of these patients may include use of antihistamines, decongestants, or intranasal steroids.’
    • ‘Various drugs can be used to dry up excessive watery nasal secretions, and decongestants can sometimes be helpful.’
    • ‘The main type of drug treatment for catarrh is decongestants, which can be bought over the counter from a pharmacy.’

Pronunciation:

decongestant

/ˌdēkənˈjestənt/