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Nasal Spray For Colds
My nose has been congested for 18 days. Tried nasal spray, Sudafed, allergy medicine, and cold medicine but nothing works. No other pain. What's wrong?
Well: If you have been using decongestant sprays for more than 5 days, you may end up with a rebound congestion which may require cortisone for a few days to wean you off of the spray. If you have an allergic condition or sinusitis, the Rx you have tried may not work. Perhaps it is time to consult your doctor. ...Read more
I have lost taste and smell. Occured suddenly 6 months ago. Have had antibiotics, steroids and nasal spray with no effect. No cold, just blocked nose.
Nasal blockage: Significant nasal blockage would cause loss in taste and smell as would chronic sinusitis. Be sure that you aim the Beconase towards the lateral side of the nose and not the center. Consider a sinus ct scan to rule out chronic sinusitis or polyps. Not all nasal swelling respond to Beconase and the antibiotic might not be the right one or taken long enough. See ent. Any history of head trauma? ...Read more
3-7 days: For most sufferers the problem resolves in 3 days. Saline rinses and topical corticosteroid nasal sprays can help smooth the transition. ...Read more
I soaked down my nasal spray with alcohol after I used it. My husband picked it up and used it without me knowing. Can he get the cold I had?
What is the best way to treat congestion from a cold? Do nasal sprays help? Can you take nasal spray with SSRI's?
I've had swelling from a cold in my left sinus for months. I've been prescribed a nasal spray, but no major effects so far. How do I treat this?
I had a cold for about a week, began to feel much better for a few daydays, and now I have a cold again.(I used nasal spray to clear me up every day)?
How severe?: If your symptoms are mild it is probably fine to continue to treat symptomatically. I would avoid using a nasal decongestant spray (afrin or similar) for more than 3-4 days in a row. Nasal saline spray (salt water) would be fine. If your symptoms are moderate-severe then you may have a sinus infection and might need an antibiotic. ...Read more
Can a cold, cold medicine such as nyquil or nasal spray affect the results of a peripheral vision test?
I have a slight headache, I also have a cold, I have been taking nasal spray and when I cough I get a pain and the top left side of my head?
Exam: You may be developing a sinus infection. Get examined and treated. ...Read more
I'm wondering can thera flu nightime severe cold be taken at night if I took nasarel allery nasal spray in the AM?
I used my longtime boyfriends nasal spray today because I caught a nasty cold that he had a few days ago. What's my risk for sinus infection?
Nasal spray: Would not use someone else's spray due to risk of spreading infection plus the spray is meant for treatment of allergies. You should be evaluated if you think you have sinus infection or a cold ...Read more
Can nasal spray decongestants alter sense of smell and taste? I have had a cold and now I can't smell or taste anything! My nose is no longer blocked.
Can fluticasone propionate nasal spray, 50 mcg help unblock your eustasian tube that resulted from a cold?
Fluticasone: I think this is the best type of product on the market to accomplish what you need with your sinuses and eustachian tubes and such. ...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
I have a cold, & Today I used afrin nasal spray 3 times in a row to relieve the WORST stuffy nose ever. Am I at risk For losing my sense of smell?
No you are not: You fefinitely exceeded the usual recommended dose, and try not to do it again, you can try saline nasal washes more frequently besides the decongestant nasal spray. Usually it isn't recommended to take nasal decongestants more than 3 -4 days, if your congestion persists or is recurrent, please see your doctor ...Read more
I have a cold, and I used afrin nasal spray. I sniffled up after using it, & I felt some driplets go into my lungs, from my nostrils. Is this bad?
This side effect: From nasal sprays is expected and does not cause problems. The constituents in Afrin and other nasal sprays do not cause lung inflammation or infection, similar to the constituents used in inhalers. As, or more often, people swallow excess Afrin which is more of a problem. Follow administration directions explicitly, especially not taking for more than a few days at a time. You can be "hooked." ...Read more
Does continuing to take allergy medicine (allergy pill and nasal spray) prevent the flu or common cold?
Absolutely not: Allergy medicine is great for treating allergies and the nasal steroids such as Flonase may provide some slight symptomatic relief during a nose cold. Allergy meds (or any of several other treatments advertised as preventing a cold) really do little to prevent the cold. The best prevention is the simple old-fashioned stuff, wash hands frequently, avoid sick people and rest and take care when sick. ...Read more
Can I take afrin nasal spray and azelastine around the same time? Have cold and want afrin for stuffy nose. Want azelastine for post nasal drip.
I am on a fluticasone steroid nasal spray for allergy and sinusitis prevention. If I have a cold should I keep taking it or should I temporarily stop?
Would/can albuterol or duoneb be taken to help breathing even with a cold or flu and while using sterile saline solution for nasal spray?
Post nasal drip/mild swelling on the philtrum and cheek around the nose. No cold symptoms. Doc perscribed Nasal spray. No solution. Any ideas?
Nasal spray: It is possible you were prescribed a steroid nasal spray. The effect of such sprays is not immediate. Rather, it takes a few weeks for changes like reduced intranasally swelling and decreased mucous production to be noticed. ...Read more
Had a cold for week. Now have irritated cough and throat due to post nasal drip. Taking nasal spray and cough liquid. Any advice?
I just had a bad cold and I think a sinus infection I treated with nasal spray. All symptoms went away But now my cheek bone and upper teeth throbbing?
My left nostril tends to bleed in cold dry weather. I have a polyp there diagnosed by ct scan. Is saline nasal spray ok to use?
Yes: Saline nasal sprays help to keep your nose moist, which prevents bleeding. If your nasal polyp starts to bleed after use, stop. Occasionally there can be a blood vessel near the surface that bleeds easily. If the symptoms are bothering you or interfering with your life, get evaluated to see if this might be the case. If so, it can be cauterized. ...Read more
Good question: If you are habitually using OTC nasal sprays such as neo-synephrine or afrin, you will within weeks develop what is called rhinitis medicamentosa. This is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose in which rebound is common. That means every time you use the nasal spray, you will become worse, sometimes for a very long period. If steroids are being used and not helpful, see ENT. ...Read more