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

A 85-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
32 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends: Afrin (oxymetazoline) can elevate blood pressure; so it should definitely be avoided in uncontrolled hypertensive patients and anyone with significant ... Read More
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A 48-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
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A female asked:
Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean answered
42 years experience in Anti-Aging Medicine
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 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience in 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Humidifiers are safe as long as you keep them clean and use the cold air ones so that you don't get bacterial or fungal growth in them. Congestion can ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Several things: You need to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor. Only then can you find out what's going on and what can be done for you.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
29 years experience in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Yes.: And see my previous response to you. Nasal steroids might be the best way to go. If you are concerned about the safety of your water and can't find wh ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Probably not: You need to find out what is causing the cough and blocked nose. Since Celestamine contains a steroid it may cause side effects including growth retar ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mann
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Afrin (oxymetazoline) use : It is ok to use it a couple of days per week.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
How?: Need to see your doctor to get checked out. I don't know how you knew that the problem was not related to an allergy. The spray you are using shou ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherris
32 years experience in Facial Plastic Surgery
No: No.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shelley Susman
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Yes you can use Rhinocort but I would have you discuss this with your obstetrician as well. Some providers are not comfortable with certain med use fo ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes, maybe: Those two medications in combo are safe to take together. By getting rid of post nasal drip, you may correct your throat clearing issue. Best wishes.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Kmucha
36 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ideally, no.: Please read the package insert provided with the medication. The spray should not be sprayed toward the midline, the anatomic location of the nasal se ... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jed Kwartler
37 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Nasal rebound: That small amount of use will probably not cause a rebound effect.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: no problem, it will help clearing the nasal passages and open up sinuses openings, good luck
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
I won't: Recommend it. There are better and healthier alternatives to relieve congestion. Hope u breathe better! http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoki ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Afrin and cough.: Afrin (oxymetazoline) doesn't make you sick longer, but it does feel like it. Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes something called "rhinitis medicamentosa" ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends: During breathing,air approaches 100% humidity to easily pass oxygen into our lungs. It does that by extracting moisture from the nasal/oral airway on ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Safe not desirable: You must have been following the instruction by inhaling the spray. Stop doing this when spraying will likely solve this problem and may actually wor ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devin Cunning
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: I routinely recommend Afrin for three days after nasal cautery. Also use saline for crusting, saline gel to coat the nasal musosa and no vigorous nos ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Can help: Antihistamines are considered symptomatic relief for symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and itch--antihistamines are not very helpful in treating n ... Read More

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