A 29-year-old female asked:
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my nose is terribly stuffy. i've used afrin (oxymetazoline) and vicks for the allotted time but i am miserable! is there anything else i can do? how long is afrin (oxymetazoline) ok?

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Dr. Mark Loury
39 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
From the afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin (oxymetazoline) is best used for three days followed by three day break, may repeat this cycle. Usually it takes a while to develop swelling from daily use but some can have severe continuing swelling after just a couple applications. Also need to make sure there isn't a sinusitis causing the blockage. Suggest sudafed, topical steroid sprays, saline rinse, and brief oral steroids. May need to see ent.
Answered on Apr 9, 2013
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