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Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Nasal Spray (Definition)

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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.

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

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After spraying my nose with Afrin Nasal Spray for congestion I cannot smell anything. Even the most strongest perfumes Or food?

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

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Please tell me how long it takes for to wean off nasal spray and stop congestion rebound?

Please tell me how long it takes for to wean off nasal spray and stop congestion rebound?

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

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Start with nasal spray or sudafed for my nasal congestion?

Start with nasal spray or sudafed for my nasal congestion?

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

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I used sinex nasal spray and drank dayquil for my cough and nose congestion did I over dose? I feel fine

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.?

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

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Can you use nasal spray such as affrin for congestion while breastfeeding? Can you drink Thera flu? Nursing a 6 week old..

Sinus meds: Unfortunately for you, studies are rarely done on breastfeeding women, so very few medications are considered "okay" while breastfeeding. The 2 you mentioned are in that grey zone. Try using nasal saline rinses and get plenty of rest and fluids to manage your cold symptoms. ...Read more

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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?

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?

4-7 days: Nasal steroid starts working in about 12 hrs but works optimally only after several days of daily use. Do note that not all people respond to nasal steroid even though it remains the most effective for allergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Have fluid behind ears causing congestion. Prescribed Flonase nasal spray. Would Zyrtec make the pressure/fluid worse? Didn't think to ask my doctor.

Have fluid behind ears causing congestion. Prescribed Flonase nasal spray. Would Zyrtec make the pressure/fluid worse? Didn't think to ask my doctor.

Zyrtec (cetirizine) may help.: Assuming that we're dealing with allergic rhinitis, antihistamines like Zyrtec can certainly help either by themselves or in combination with the nasal steroid. Zyrtec can cause grogginess, by the by, so be careful. ...Read more

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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 am suffering from nasal congestion my doctor prescribed me cipla furamist az nasal spray to take for a long period is it safe?

Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays are safe for long term use to treat allergies. If have seen an allergist, consider desensitization if they offer it, it will give you long term relief from your allergies. ...Read more

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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

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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

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I am having nasal congestion rebound due to otrivin. Now I bought saline nasal spray but it contains benzalkonium chloride? Should I use it?

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

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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!

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!

Yes: In general ocean nasal saline is safe for everybody even pregnant women. The only exception is if you have Bacteria or fungus growing in the bottle usual recommendation is to throw away the Ocean bottle after four days ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop using nasal spray?

What is the best way to stop using nasal spray?

Nasal spray: If it is otc nasal spray, see an allergist asap, if it is a prescribed nasal spray, consult an allergist about allergy shots. They may provide you with relief and minimize your dependence on medications. ...Read more

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What is the best nasal spray to help with a bunged up nose?

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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What would be the best way to get off nasal spray?

Nasal spray: I assume you are referring to an over the counter decongestant nasal spray that is very addictive if used more than 3 days. You need to see an allergist, you probably need a medicated nasal spray to alleviate the rebound congestion you have developed, you may need oral steroids and do not touch this stuff ever again. ...Read more

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