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How Long Should It Take Rebound Congestion From Overusing Afrin To Go Away
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?
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
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
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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Please keep a food diary - maybe some food added to your allergy is causing so many symptoms.
Allergy is arithmetic: Pollen plus dust - maybe no sympt.
Pollen plus dust plus fresh strawberries =symptoms. ...Read more
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
Going on the third week with this sinus infection. I've finished antibiotic. Horrible congestion, ear pressure. Taking mucinex (guaifenesin). Is afrin ok? Help : (
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
Can Afrin (oxymetazoline) nose spray cause nervousness and increase anxiety? I used two squirts this morning for congestion and now I'm really nervous. Will it pass?
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Yes this could be a side effect and will go away as the drug is metabolized. ...Read more
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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’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
Can you use nasal spray such as affrin for congestion while breastfeeding? Can you drink Thera flu? Nursing a 6 week old..
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
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?
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
1 month max:
If you are not immune suppressed long term treatment is not recommended.
1-2 weeks is sufficient. ...Read more
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
Taken a Sudafed PE to relieve congestion. Can I take 10 mg ambien (zolpidem) as well? About to get on a long, overnight flight!
No interactions: Are found according to my references.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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