A 30-year-old member asked:
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can afrin (oxymetazoline) cause eustachian tube problems?

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Dr. Mark Loury
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not usually: If anything afrin (oxymetazoline) helps to open the et opening making it easier on the ears during diving and descending on planes. It may make it too open in which case the ear may feel plugged and you can hear your voice and breathing (autophony).
Answered on Mar 3, 2013
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Dr. Mary Bergum
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19 years experience Family Medicine
Unfortunately, Afrin can also cause congestion and swelling of the nasal and sinus passages if used for more than three days at a time.
Mar 3, 2013

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See ENT doc: You should probably see an ENT (Ear Nose Throat) doctor to get check out.

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