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Best Nasal Spray For Congestion
What is the best way to treat congestion from a cold? Do nasal sprays help? Can you take nasal spray with SSRI's?
I have nasonex (mometasone) and astelin (nasal spray) but I am not sure wich one will be the best for sinus congestion. Please suggest me which one to take.
They are different: The best first line treatment should include saline nasal irrigation and nasal steroid spray. The steroid spray is long acting and takes affect over the first few weeks of use. The steroid spray helps decrease long term nasal inflammation. Astelin is a topical antihistamine (like claritin) and can be used in conjunction for symptomatic relief. ...Read more
Can I use sudafed while using afrin nasal spray. I just have nasal congestion due to a cold, can I and what would be best to take orally.
After spraying my nose with Afrin Nasal Spray for congestion I cannot smell anything. Even the most strongest perfumes Or food?
A thought: Loss of smell (and possible cause of congestion to begin with) could implicate the presence of nasal polyps. These are growths caused by various types of inflammation and should be treated with medicine to reduce their size and restore nasopharyngeal health. An Allergist can help. ...Read more
Allergies: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more
My boyfriend has been experiencing extreme congestion for months now. Nothing seems to help except nasal spray but I know that can be dangerous to use long term. He has sneezing fits constantly as well. It gets worse outside and at home. What could be cau
Saline washes: It depends on the cause of the congestion, but saline nasal washes at least don't have side effects, unlike decongestants and antihistamines. If the saline doesn't help enough and your symptoms persist, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
I used sinex nasal spray and drank dayquil for my cough and nose congestion did I over dose? I feel fine
Unlikely: It is unlikely to overdose on the sinex nasal spray (oxymetazoline) but it should not be used longer than a few days as a person can develop rhinitis medicamentosa (become dependent). If the dose of dayquil taken was that given on the bottle, then not an overdose. If symptoms persist, consider evaluation by healthcare provider to determine cause of symptoms and additional treatment. ...Read more
I get nasal congestion almost every night. Is it OK to use the nasal spray of 0.05% oxymetazoline in the morning several times about 3X week?
Yes: I know about the cautions to minimize the use of oxymetazoline, due to its propensity to result in addiction. However, I also know that it's essential to be able to breath. I've known a number of people who used it for years, due to their chronic allergies. Sure, they were addicted to it, and couldn't breath without it--but it didn't cause them any other problems. It's much safer than steroids ...Read more
I'm have severe nasal congestion as a result of my cold. I've used so many nasal spray, rynex, and more. But nothing helps and I can't sleep cause of it?
So many nasal sprays: Maybe that's the problem, if overuse nasal decongestant sprays, you may develop rebound congestion, besides it might not only be congestion, bacterial infection may need antibiotics, and perresistant inflammation may need steroids, local or systemic, so better see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more
Will Patanase nasal spray thicken mucous/dry me up? What medications do you recommend for frequent nasal congestion?
Would rhinoplasty done in 2004 cause any severe nasal congestion now? My nose has been really stuffy for weeks. I use nasal spray too much.
Rebound congestion: If you have been using a decongestant spray for a long time, that is the most likely cause of your congestion. Nonetheless, you should have your nose examined by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more
My son returns home to Florida from Indiana and immediately starts nasal congestion. We have 2 cats. I have tried Allegra and nasal spray. Help.?
How old: Is your child? Is he old enough for allergy testing? If so, identification of environmental triggers will allow the most effective measure, removal of the triggers. In the meantime the most common environmental triggers are pollens, animal dander and dust mites. You can help by using a HEPA Air cleaner in his bedroom and making it as dust and animal free as possible. ...Read more
Can you use nasal spray such as affrin for congestion while breastfeeding? Can you drink Thera flu? Nursing a 6 week old..
Would a simple virus cause my chest pain to worsen. I am taking augmenting allergy medication and nasal spray can I take mucinex for chest congestion?
Doc gave me mometasone furoate nasal spray due to chronic nasal congestion. Said it might take some time to start working. How long to see any benefit?
Pls advice me how long can I safely use nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray, ve used it for years now, but if stop get congestion due turbinate swelling and brain fog?
Safe for years: It is very safe to use in long term studies. Many pts end up taking this for years as well with minimal to no side effects. If looking for another long term option, then allergy shots might work well for you, and possibly lessen your need for medications. ...Read more
Have fluid behind ears causing congestion. Prescribed Flonase nasal spray. Would Zyrtec make the pressure/fluid worse? Didn't think to ask my doctor.
I am suffering from nasal congestion my doctor prescribed me cipla furamist az nasal spray to take for a long period is it safe?
I have bronchitis and have taken methypredisolone along with afrin for congestion. Can I take flonase or budesonide nasal spray for runny nose?
Yes: Nasal steroid takes several days to get optimal results. Afrin should not be used for more than 5 days else you may end up with even more nasal congestion (rebound). Methylprednisolone is not usually indicated for bronchitis. If chronic this may be asthma. Consider seeing an allergist. ...Read more
I am having pressure when I bend forward in the back of my head and near my ears. Slight runny nose, no congestion, will afrin nasal spray help this?
Probably not: Afrin (oxymetazoline) can't be used for more than 3 days or you'll get rebound congestion in people using it chronically for that. Also it can't be used at the same time if you are on high blood pressure meds, glaucoma drops or meds, or any meds that can increase pressures. Read the package insert carefully first. It's basically a sinus decongestant, and you said you don't have any congestion. So go another way. ...Read more
I am having nasal congestion rebound due to otrivin. Now I bought saline nasal spray but it contains benzalkonium chloride? Should I use it?
No: Sorry that you are going through this. I have also. I found that if you tough it out and breath through your moouth in a short time it will all open up. In the meantime don't use anythin ...Read more
I am 8 month pregnant, with nasal congestion, that started 2 days ago. Is there any herbal nasal spray you can recommend that is safe to use?
Is Ocean Saline Nasal Spray safe to use during pregnancy for nasal congestion? And can I use it for a long period of time? Thanks!
Afrin (oxymetazoline: When used for short time frames, 3-5 days, it is very effective. Longer use causes rebound congestion that is quite problematic. ...Read more
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