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Treatment for Nasal Discharge


The condition will not require hospitalization unless surgery is recommended, or if an exploratory scope of the nasal cavity or the sinuses is required.


Treatment will depend on the cause of the discharge. Bacterial infections may need to be treated with antibiotics. If it is determined that the cause is fungal, your veterinarian will prescribe anti-fungal medication. Decongestants may also be advised. Antiviral medications are sometimes used for chronic upper respiratory infections of a viral nature.


Dental work, possibly including extraction of diseased teeth, may be necessary if the cause is related to one or more bad teeth. Tumors and/or polyps may need to be removed surgically, if possible. Foreign bodies, of found, should be removed from the nasal cavity as well.


Living and Management of Nasal Discharge


Keep your cat warm and make sure it is getting enough to eat and drink. In addition, help your cat keep its nasal passages clean, especially if there is a discharge or chronic sneezing. A soft, damp rag can be used to gently clean your cat’s nose. Finally, keep your cat’s living area clean so that dust and foreign particles do not further irritate the nasal and throat passages.


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