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A 18-year-old female asked:

could there be long term damage from using nasal spray too much for a long period of time?

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Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Nasal Spray Risks: Otc sprays (afrin, etc.) are very addicting and should only be used on rare occasions. The prescription steroid sprays can cause crusting, blleding and in rare cases a septal perforation. There may be problems to address directly (sinusitis, allergies, deviated septums, etc.) see an ENT specialists for answers.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the long-term side effects of nasal spray?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Nasal spray: Depends on what is being sprayed. Saline none. Nasal decongestants should not be used more than 2 or 3 days at a time or else worsening or more congestion may develop. Nasal steroids safe for long term use.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you really get addicted to nasal spray?

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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Somewhat: Nasal decongestant sprays can cause rebound nasal blockage if overused and require the use of more spray. It's called rhinitis medicamentosa.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to be addicted to nasal spray?

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Dr. John McClay
Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
YES!: Nose sprays with oxymetazoline, like afrin, causes great relief of stuffy nose, but it is addictive. If you use it, you should stop after 3 to 5 days.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of long term use of nasal spray?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Nasal sprays.: Side effects of long term use of nasal sprays depends on the ingredient. 1) decongestants like neo-synephrione = more prolonged nasal congestion 2) Normal Saline = almost nil 3) steroids = possible atrophy of the turbinates; easy bleeding 4) antihistamines = sedation, loss of effect.
Las Vegas, NV
A 60-year-old female asked:

Are you aware of a nasal spray called xlear that contains xylitol and do you recommend it?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Keeps membranes mois: Xylitol is a hypertonic solution and helps to keep the mucous men rains moist.

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