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How Does Nasal Spray Affect Hypothyroidism
Can I use Baby Vicks on my one month old baby? She's congested and dr only gave her nasal spray which isn't working
I wouldn't: I consider Vicks just air pollution and especially avoid it in infants. This is a throwback to native american sweat lodge treatments using pine pitch as a fragrance. Grandma probably loves it and there are many lay practices that use it throughout childhood, but I don't until school age. A good nasal saline washout works wonders if done right. ...Read more
I've been having sneezing bouts which can range from 10-20 sneezes at a time. Currently on daily tabs and nasal spray but it doesn't seem to work.
Why am I always congested? It gets so bad to the point that I can't breath I always have to be useing a nasal spray.
? allergies: You may possibly have allergies, especially this time of the year, spring allergies are very common. See a dr. And there are some common tests, even blood assays, that can be done for allergy markers to see what you may be allergic too, and then the appropriate avoidance, preventative measures, and treatments can follow. ...Read more
I have sinusitis and my doctor gave me Biorinil (nasal spray) to use when I get attacks. But the taste brothers me! Isn't there any good tasting one?
Nose: They all taste pretty bad unfortunately. Many people get used to them, but give your doctor a call to see if he can prescribe something else. ...Read more
I used nasal spray which is 3 months expired! I didn't realise till after! It seems to have worked though but do I need to worry?
No: Most medications have expiration dates because of regulation (it also makes people buy more). They usually don't lose effectiveness or become dangerous. There are always exceptions but you'll be fine. ...Read more
Which nasal sprays: Do u mean? Otc ones? Nasal steroids? The live virus influenza vaccine that is a nasal spray does not contain thimerosol (mercury). Thimerosol is used in multi-dose vial of injectable vaccine to prevent contamination & growth of bacteria or fungi. Apparently some nasal decongestants do contain thimerosol. ...Read more
See allergist: It is very easy to become "addicted" to the otc nasal sprays that contain oxymetazoline that are in afrin, neosyneprhine, etc. This is called rhinitis medicamentosa. Treatment can be challenging but through prescription nasal sprays and sometimes prednisone, an allergist or ENT doctor can assist you in getting off that spray! ...Read more
YES.: Over the counter nose sprays, like afrin or neosynephrine, are damaging, inflamatory, and quite addictive. Three or 4 days, at most, with a bad cold, is ok, but beyond that, the nasal swelling 'rebounds', and we begin to use the spray more frequently, and get hooked. I start such patients on a nasal steroid spray, and a 10 day tapered course of an oral steroid, which always cures this addiction. ...Read more
Seasonally: Are you taking it for seasonal allergies? If yes, take it as prescribed during seasons when you have allergies. You don't need to take it at times of year when you don't have allergy symptoms. Rhinolast controls allergy symptoms but it doesn't cure them so if you stop it during allergy season, your allergies will come back. If you have allergies all year round, you'll need to take it all year. ...Read more
I had used nasal spray to breathe easier at night, now I can't taste anything. Please, how long do they last?
Anosmia: You do not specify the type of nasal spray, if this is an over the counter decongestant nasal spray, you are now suffering from rhinitis medicamentosa and you need an ENT or allergist to treat it. If it was a prescription nasal spray, then you may have ethmoid sinuses inflammation and this leads to lack to smell, see an ENT or allergist for treatment. ...Read more
Talk with your doc: The best for nasal allergies is a corticosteroid nasal spray (flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, etc.) that must be prescribed by your doctor. These all work about the same, though some people may respond better to 1 vs another. Dryness can be helped by otc saline sprays. Otc nasal rinses (e.g. Neti pot) can help as well. Avoid using otc decongestant sprays for more than ~3 days at a time. See your md. ...Read more
As long as needed: Steroid nasal sprays do not cure your allergies, but prevent the allergic inflammation. Once the medicine is stopped, your symptoms will return if you are still in contact with your allergen. If you want a more permanent change in your allergies, you need to consider something like immunotherapy, or allergy shots. However, steroid nasal sprays can usually be taken safely for long periods of time. ...Read more
Recall concern: Fda posted a warning concerning intranasal zinc. .."while Zicam also makes zinc-containing oral cold remedies, these are not subject to this warning because the development of anosmia appears to be related to the intranasal application of zinc." anosmia is the liss of smell. You should consult your physician regarding this warning. ...Read more
No: A deviated nasal septum is crooked or displaced cartilage and bone inside the nose. This can only be corrected with surgery. Noses sprays may provide some temporary relief but no cure. Remember, over the counter nose sprays should only be used for a few days at a time as they can cause a rebound effect making the nose more blocked and can damage the inside of the nose. ...Read more
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