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A 43-year-old male asked:

I use afrin (oxymetazoline) to get rid of my congestion. it works really well. are there any alternatives i should consider? i need something i can use more often.

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Dr. George Shorago
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 57 years experience
Saline sinus washes: Over use of Afrin (oxymetazoline) can cause rhinitis mendicamentosa, or nose drop rhinitis. This can lead to a permanent stuffy nose. Try Neilmed sinus rinses instead; much safer.

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Last updated Jun 16, 2014

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