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Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Nasal Spray (Definition)

Use of nasal sprays or "drying agents includes using any medication to ...Read more


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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?

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

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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.

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

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How long does nasal spray "rebound effect" last after you just quit cold turkey?

How long does nasal spray "rebound effect" last after you just quit cold turkey?

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

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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)?

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

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If I overuse Afrin Nasal Spray due to being extremely stuffy during a cold, will that harm be other than possibly rebound effect? It's not SO bad??

Addiction: Nasal sprays like afrin can be addictive because they work and sometimes create a need for themselves. Some patients use them for decades and just cannot stop. There are other options your doc can discuss ...Read more

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I'm wondering can thera flu nightime severe cold be taken at night if I took nasarel allery nasal spray in the AM?

I'm wondering can thera flu nightime severe cold be taken at night if I took nasarel allery nasal spray in the AM?

Yes: They can even be taken at the same time because nasal steroids are vastly different from the ingredients in the other medication. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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.

Probably the cold: The sprays and decongestants usually do not have any effect on smell and taste. It's usually the cold virus that can cause inflammation in the upper nose leading to decreased sense of smell and then decreased taste. See an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can fluticasone propionate nasal spray, 50 mcg help unblock your eustasian tube that resulted from a cold?

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

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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 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?

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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Yes: You can safely use afrin twice a day for 3-5 days without any prolonged harmful effects i.e. Rebound congestion. This would actually allow improved delivery of Astelin to your nasal passages when they are swollen. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Keep taking: Keep taking your allergy medicines throughout cold. You could even increase the dose of your nasal spray, max dose 2 sprays in each nostril twice a sat during illness ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: Viral upper respiratory infections can often trigger the small airways in your lungs to constrict. Go ahead and try the albuterol. If it helps, you can continue. If it doesn't, you can move on to something different with advice from your doctor. ...Read more

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Post nasal drip/mild swelling on the philtrum and cheek around the nose. No cold symptoms. Doc perscribed Nasal spray. No solution. Any ideas?

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

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Had a cold for week. Now have irritated cough and throat due to post nasal drip. Taking nasal spray and cough liquid. Any advice?

Had a cold for week. Now have irritated cough and throat due to post nasal drip. Taking nasal spray and cough liquid. Any advice?

Nasal saline: For now just nasal saline and soothing cough drops. Antibiotics are not useful here. It's still too early to diagnose a sinus infection if you're wondering. ...Read more

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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?

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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See your doctor: May be just congested sinus or you may need an antibiotic, continue the nasal wash and pain killers in the interim, good luck ...Read more

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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?

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

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What does rynase aqua nasal spray do?

What does rynase aqua nasal spray do?

Rynase Aqua: Or rhinocort aqua, is a moisturized steroid nasal spray, used mainly to treat/control allergic/inflammatory conditions of the nasal cavity, active ingredient is budesonide, it is only a prescription strength medicine ...Read more

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What are the dangers of overusing nasal spray?

What are the dangers of overusing nasal spray?

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

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more