A 53-year-old member asked:
rebound effect zicam sinus relief nasal spray 3 days in a row?
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Dr. Nick Debnath answered
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Beware!: Otc decongestant sprays such as zicam, afrin, etc (oxymetazoline) can definitely cause rebound congestion typically after 5 to 7 days of use. This condition is called rhinitis medicamentosa, and long-term use of such medications can be difficult to treat. For severe cases, an allergist or ENT physician can recommend weaning protocols in conjunction with proper rhinitis therapy.
Answered on Oct 9, 2017
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