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How long should it take rebound congestion from overusing afrin (oxymetazoline) to go away?

How long should it take rebound congestion from overusing afrin (oxymetazoline) to go away?

Depends.: This depends on how long you have been using afrin (oxymetazoline) before you try to stop. Your doctor can prescribe medications to help get you off the afrin (oxymetazoline). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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If I use Afrin once a day every other day for 3 days how long would I have to wait to use it again before it causes rebound congestion?

Short term only: Afrin is only meant for short term use. If you need something frequently then you need to try other medications like nasal steroids and nasal saline. You should not use Afrin more than three days in a month. More frequent use may cause rebound congestion. ...Read more

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How can one stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) without rebound congestion?

How can one stop using afrin (oxymetazoline) without rebound congestion?

Rebound: The doctor usually lets you use it on one side for two to three weeks while he uses steroid nasal spray on the other side and then uses the steroid spray on the remaining side after that or combnies it azelastine if you are allergic. ...Read more

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I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin ain't working what can I do to make these mochos go away?

I have really bad nasal congestion and afrin ain't working what can I do to make these mochos go away?

Probably not: There are many causes for muscle cramps, but given your age and the fact that you're working in heat, my first thought would be dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance. I would go to your primary care physician and report these symptoms. He or she will most likely order some blood work to see how your electrolytes are doing. Needless to say, when you're out working in heat, it's vitally important. ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant and she has a very bad sinus congestion, can she take afrin (oxymetazoline) with azythromicin?

Azithromycin ok: Use nasal saline and benadryl[dihphenhydramine] afrin ok but limit to 2 days a week only, twice a day, can use flonase or any nasal steroid best, takes 2 days to work can use for weeks. ...Read more

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I took Sudafed, Flonase and Afrin (oxymetazoline) but getting no relief for allergy congestion, can I take Claritin on top of the other meds?

Afrin (oxymetazoline)?: You need to see an expert to determine the cause of the congestion and confirm that it is related to allergy. If you have been taking Afrin (oxymetazoline) for more than 5 days consecutively, then the persistent congestion is most likely now caused by the Afrin (oxymetazoline) (it causes sensitization and "rebound congestion"). Claritin can be added safely, but it may not be effective if underlying issue not addressed ...Read more

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One doctor said oral pseudophedrine causes rebound congestion but my allergist says is does not, She said only nasal sprays like Afrin cause rebound?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: I know of no rebound from pseudoephedrine.
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Allergy is arithmetic: Pollen plus dust - maybe no sympt.
Pollen plus dust plus fresh strawberries =symptoms. ...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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Is it a bad idea to use afrin for occasional nasal congestion?

Is it a bad idea to use afrin for occasional nasal congestion?

OK to use: Afrin for occasional nasal congestion is perfectly fine. You can get rebound with sustained use (3-5 days). But it is safe and effective. I use it myself with a cold. It can elevated bp... So just be aware of that as a side effect and it can afffect your sleep. ...Read more

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I took afrin, no drip, servere congestion nasal stuff for your nose. And now I have been sneezing all day. How do I stop it?

Antihistamines: Allegra (fexofenadine) is a good antihistamine to reduce sneezing. The dose is 180 mg per day. I recommend you see an allergist to determine if an allergy is the underlying cause of your symptoms because the best treatment is to avoid the cause. Aside from avoidance and antihistamines, the third way to treat allergies is allergy injections. ...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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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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Nasal congestion. Either can't breathe thu my nose or use Afrin and runs like a river for 2 hrs. Anything else I can try? Don't want hooked on Afrin.

Nasal congestion. Either can't breathe thu my nose or use Afrin and runs like a river for 2 hrs. Anything else I can try? Don't want hooked on Afrin.

Fluticasone: Consider a trial of Fluticasone nasal spray. It is a localized steroid nasal spray that decreases the inflammation in your nose and likely the congestion. It is prescription only but I think its cousin is for sale OTC-- Nasacort (triamcinolone). ...Read more

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What causes chronic nasal congestion which responds to afrin but not astelin, flonase, or sinus rinses? Can surgery even work in a case like this?

What causes chronic nasal congestion which responds to afrin but not astelin, flonase, or sinus rinses? Can surgery even work in a case like this?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes severe narrowing of the blood vessels in the nose and thus the effect on decongestion. However prolonged constriction leads to decrease blood supply to the tissue and may lead to permanent damages. The nose also becomes less responsive to afrin (oxymetazoline) with prolonged use. Flonase counteracts inflammation and Astelin is an antihistamine and neither constricts the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! Thank you

Is afrin safe to use for severe nasal congestion during third trimester of pregnancy? I am currently 33 weeks and a few days and need sleep! Thank you

If your BP is NML: Afrin (oxymetazoline) contains a vasoconstrictor, which is to say that it constricts blood vessels. In women predisposed to this, especially in late pregnancy, it may cause a rise in your bp, that could make your doctor suspicious of developing preeclampsia.

In small amounts it should be safe, but I would suggest you try antihistamines (they sometimes help), and avoid the decongestants for the above reason. ...Read more

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Got cold. Sinuses were stuffed, cleared them up. Just ear is stuffed. Taking Afrin (oxymetazoline). Had slight fever but gone now. Ear infection? Or sinus congestion?

Probably both: If you have history of ear and sinus infections you are more prone to get these, which frequently come together due to the interconnected spaces in ear and nasal cavities. You can be seen by your regular doctor for antibiotics and sinus decongestant that has worked for you in the past. ...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’ve been using fluticasone propionate and just sprayed 2 sprays in each nostril about 20 minutes ago before I got in bed. I am unable to sleep because I have so much nasal congestion and I can’t breathe great. Can I use Afrin spray in addition?

I’ve been using fluticasone propionate and just sprayed 2 sprays in each nostril about 20 minutes ago before I got in bed. I am unable to sleep because I have so much nasal congestion and I can’t breathe great. Can I use Afrin spray in addition?

Yes you can: But don't exceed recommended dosage / duration, usually not more than few days, till the steroid nasal spray starts to work, also make sure you use the right technique for applying a nasal spray : ' look at your toes while spraying your nose', point towards your ear not your eye, while the sprayer is inside your nose, (e.g. use the left hand to spray the right nostril), and finally sniff gently ...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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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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I took Sudafed congestion (not the PE brand) 10 hours ago. Will I be safe to go out for drinks as long as I don't take anymore?

I took Sudafed congestion (not the PE brand) 10 hours ago. Will I be safe to go out for drinks as long as I don't take anymore?

Yes: Sudafed does not cause sedation and theoretically may even counteract some of the sedating effect from alcohol. Do realize that female cannot tolerate the same amount of alcohol as male. ...Read more

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One swollen lymph node for 10 days and congestion how long do they take to go down?

One swollen lymph node for 10 days and congestion how long do they take to go down?

4-6 weeks: Enlarged lymph nodes can sometimes take 4-6 weeks to completely regress. After your symptoms are gone, it really should not get bigger. If it does, or if new ones appear, or if new symptoms (fever, fatigue, bruising, new cough, for example), you should see a health care provider. ...Read more

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How long do I need to take echanacea and goldenseal for cold and congestion.

How long do I need to take echanacea and goldenseal for cold and congestion.

1 month max: If you are not immune suppressed long term treatment is not recommended.
1-2 weeks is sufficient. ...Read more

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How many days in a row can I take pseudoephedrine without getting a risk of rebound congestion? .

How many days in a row can I take pseudoephedrine without getting a risk of rebound congestion? .

No rebound: One should not get a rebound reaction from oral pseudoephedrine although the original congestion will return when the effect wears out. If you have high BP, this may not be a good choice for you. If you have allergic nasal symptoms, a nasal steroid will work better without the BP or cardiac (fast heart beats) effect. ...Read more

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How long does it take for congestion to stop after turbinate surgery? I had aggressive reduction 2.5 weeks ago and still congested. 0 allergies.

How long does it take for congestion to stop after turbinate surgery? I had aggressive reduction 2.5 weeks ago and still congested. 0 allergies.

6 weeks: Wounds healing takes about 6 weeks to heal and thus transient inflammation from the surgery is not unexpected at 2.5 weeks With excessively aggressive turbinate reduction, some people may end up with an empty nose syndrome which gives one a sensation of nasal congestion. Check with your surgeon if the problem worsens or persists beyond 6 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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