A 21-year-old male asked:
had a bad cold and used afrin (oxymetazoline).. on 5th day now. only needed it once today unlike other days. is it ok to still use tomorrow since i'm needing it less?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bernstein Joel answered
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. Otc nasal sprays should only be used for 3 days. The cause of you nasal obstruction is usually a viral infection and saline irrigations are much more physiological and safer.
Answered on Sep 4, 2016
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