A member asked:

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 answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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 Apr 9, 2013



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