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how does afrin nasal spray work

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brant Ward
12 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Apples & oranges: Afrin works to reduce blood flow to nasals tissue, leading to reduced swelling. It is used to treat congestion from colds, allergies, etc. Nasonex (mo ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hoffmann
37 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Afrin spray is a powerful decongestant spray that makes blood vessels constrict. If used longer than a few days there may be a rebound effect causing ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Side effects: of oxymetazoline may include: increased nasal congestion if used > 3 to 5 days, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, blurred vision, insomni ... Read More
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Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Yes: The potency possible will be less still only use 1-2 sprays per nostril. If it works great! There is no concern that it went sour or could harm you.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Stop using: it, your body gets used to it and requires it, only use infrequently when needed
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chris Hayes
Specializes in Family Medicine
Read the bottle: You should follow the bottle's instructions, but if afrin is wearing off before it's supposed to, then you're in trouble. The use of afrin (or any oth ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes, short term: Oxymetazoline is a nasal decongestant spray that works quickly to decrease stuffy nose, but if used beyond 4-7 days may result in "rebound" nasal cong ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Oh my gosh!!!: Please work with an ENT specialist on this one.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tachyphylaxis: Basically your nose will become desentized to the effect of the oxymetazoline. If you use beyond the recommend time (3-5 days), your nose will upregul ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: It should not be used on a daily basis.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beckman
50 years experience Plastic Surgery
Limit use of spray: Use this nasal spray only every 12 hours or so to prevent "rebound dryness" and refractory congestion.
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