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is it bad to use afrin

A 77-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
32 years experience 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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Dr. Eric Handler
19 years experience Emergency Medicine
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
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Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Stop the afrin immediately or you will develop rebound and rhinitis medicamentosa, a fancy name that will make your nose worse and breathing worse. O ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Yes: Infected sinuses can cause bad breath, but also have tonsils checked and ask your dentist to make sure there are no infections in your mouth.
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Dr. Greg Rubin
36 years experience Dentistry
Yes: If you refer to sinus problems, then -yes- sinus problems may cause bad breath due to post nasal drip, when sinus fluids drain though to the back of y ... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes, but: Read the labels carefully and don't exceed recommended dosage and duration for either, as for afrin don't exceed 3 days in a row, if no improvement se ... Read More
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 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Devin Cunning
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
OxymetazolinRhinitis: See your ENT physician. Long term oxymetazoline use causes rebound nasal swelling and possibly nasal septal perforation. Your physician may place yo ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
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Addiction: Nasal sprays like afrin can be addictive because they work and sometimes create a need for themselves. Some patients use them for decades and just can ... Read More
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
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Can only use few day: Can only use 3 days. You need to ask your physician to have you see an ENT specialist. You may have sinus disease.
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