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Is it a bad idea to use Afrin for occasional nasal congestion

A 77-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Depends: Afrin (oxymetazoline) can elevate blood pressure; so it should definitely be avoided in uncontrolled hypertensive patients and anyone with significant... Read More
Dr. Eric Handler
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Occasional is ok: Just avoid using it for more than three days as this can cause a rebound congestion. You can alternate nostrils to decrease the chance of that happen... Read More
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
OK to use: Afrin for occasional nasal congestion is perfectly fine. You can get rebound with sustained use (3-5 days). But it is safe and effective. I use it mys... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Probably not: There are many causes for muscle cramps, but given your age and the fact that you're working in heat, my first thought would be dehydration or an elec... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ward Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: I know about the cautions to minimize the use of oxymetazoline, due to its propensity to result in addiction. However, I also know that it's essentia... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
See a doctor: This needs medical attention. Most likely allergic sinusitis, but could be an infection that needs an antibiotic. Nasal or sinus cancer is far less li... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Xylitol: Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "cl... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Yes: Just don't use afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 5 days or you may end up in worse shape. Sudafed works just well or better than any other otc decon... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes severe narrowing of the blood vessels in the nose and thus the effect on decongestion. However prolonged constriction le... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Paas
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
If your BP is NML: Afrin (oxymetazoline) contains a vasoconstrictor, which is to say that it constricts blood vessels. In women predisposed to this, especially in late p... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Yes you can: but don't exceed recommended dosage / duration, usually not more than few days, till the steroid nasal spray starts to work, also make sure you use th... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
More likely irrritan: Nasal congestion at that age is most often due to exposure to fragrance, dust, smoke or other odors.This often causes swelling inside the nose & m... Read More

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