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Also called naris, is one of the 2 ...Read more


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One of my nostrils gets dry and cracks very often. When I use saline sprays it actually seems to make it more dry and irritated. Is that possible?

One of my nostrils gets dry and cracks very often. When I use saline sprays it actually seems to make it more dry and irritated. Is that possible?

Not usually: Be sure that your saline spray is not from a hypertonic saline solution. May try a nasal gel spray or nasal gel to see if it works better. ...Read more

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I heard a loud whistle from ONE nostril as I breathed out a few times. I used nasal spray, so it stopped. But should I be worried? Never heard that b4.

I heard a loud whistle from ONE nostril as I breathed out a few times. I used nasal spray, so it stopped. But should I be worried? Never heard that b4.

Nasal congestion: It is likely that something has caused that nostril to swell up causing the whistling. This may be from a cold or from allergy depending on the duration of the symptoms. If from allergy, then you likely have had some congestion for some time and developed whistling when the congestion worsens. If this has been present for more than 2 weeks and bothersome to you, see doctor. ...Read more

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My gp prescribed one xyzal (levocetirizine) a day and 2 sprays of Veramyst in each nostril twice a day. Is it a normal dosage? What are the possible side effects?

Normal: Zyzal is the new zyrtec, that dose is standard. It can cause mucosal drying and some difficulty urinating in persons with enlarged prostate. The Veramyst is a nasal steroid, which can predispose tofungal infection or bleeds. None of these are common side effects, they are generally well tolerated. The doses are usual. ...Read more

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I felt some pain in my ear after I used Flonase. I did two sprays in each nostril. Will the pain go away when the medication wears off?

I felt some pain in my ear after I used Flonase. I did two sprays in each nostril. Will the pain go away when the medication wears off?

Not expected: Flonase does not usually cause ear pain. The only thing I can think of is that you were aiming the spray directly to the back and thus hitting the eustachean tube opening but even that is an unlikely scenario. Try aiming the nozzle towards the side walls of the nose instead of the center and let me know if this helps. ...Read more

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I used Flonase last night two sprays in each nostril & I don't like the feeling I got in my ears. How long does it take for medication to wear off?

I used Flonase last night two sprays in each nostril & I don't like the feeling I got in my ears. How long does it take for medication to wear off?

Maybe a day, but...: Flonase sprayed into the nose should not cause a bad feeling in the ears. If a bad feeling happens, it may be a coincidence. Be sure the Flonase tip is not plugging the entire nostril when spraying. There is not a direct connection from the nostrils to the ears. Sometimes, we try Flonase in sinus-congestion patients to help the ears normalize their pressures if the ears seem pressurized. ...Read more

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Been taking Flonase to treat seasonal allergies. Take one spray in each nostril each day. Been on it for about three months. Should I wean myself off?

Been taking Flonase to treat seasonal allergies. Take one spray in each nostril each day. Been on it for about three months. Should I wean myself off?

You may: If you have only seasonal allergies, you may just stop the Flonase when the season is over without tapering.
Note that you had been using only 1/2 of the usual dose but if it worked for you, you can stay the course. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Flonase twice a day one spray each nostril long term for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

Is it safe to use Flonase twice a day one spray each nostril long term for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

Yes, it's safe: If it is helping and you can remember to take it twice a day, then splitting the dose twice a day should continue to work. You do not develop rebound congestion nor tolerance to this class of nasal sprays. ...Read more

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How often can I take the fluticasone nasal spray? I took one spray this am in each nostril. It really helps w my allergy induced asthma.

How often can I take the fluticasone nasal spray? I took one spray this am in each nostril. It really helps w my allergy induced asthma.

2 sprays each nostri: The usual dose is 2 sprays each nostril once daily. Potentially better control of the nasal symptoms may improve asthma but the effects are variable. ...Read more

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How long can a allergies last one nostril block for almost 3 months it alternate my ENT keeps saying allergies using nasal spray for 3 months now?

How long can a allergies last one nostril block for almost 3 months it alternate my ENT keeps saying allergies using nasal spray for 3 months now?

Many reasons: (1) You might have aimed the nasal spray (presumably a steroid) towards the center and not the outside direction of the nose
(2)You may have a sinus infection
(3)You may have too much allergen (indoor especially) exposure so that nothing would work.
(4) Your problem may not be allergy.
See an allergist to help you sort this out. ...Read more

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I am having a hard time getting rid of a runny nose and constant itching/"ready to sneeze" feeling. I've taken claritin-d, Flonase two sprays in both nostrils bid, and even did a saline lavage of my nose before the second Flonase dose... And nothing has c

You: You have to take the Flonase for a week for it to be effective and you should do nasal washes on a daily basis. If you are not getting better then you should seek a local allergist to evaluate your condition for other diseases mimicking your symptoms or if you need further treatment with immunotherapy. ...Read more

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My right nostril has been clogged for more than a week now. What can I do, besides using saline sprays?

My right nostril has been clogged for more than a week now. What can I do, besides using saline sprays?

Try these things:: Congestion is most often due to swollen blood vessels and fluid in the tissues lining the nose. Allergies & irritants are the most common causes. Decongestants as sprays (like afrin) or pills (like sudafed) can help but cause side effects so should be used cautiously. Prescription meds like steroid sprays and singulair (montelukast) can help too. When congestion doesn't change, a structural problem may exist. ...Read more

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My nostril is alternative for 5 months but if I use otrivion nasal spray both nostrils ok so does mean I have deviate septurm?

My nostril is alternative for 5 months but if I use otrivion nasal spray both nostrils ok so does mean I have deviate septurm?

No: Nasal cycle is a normal phenomenom as the 2 nasal passages will open and close in an alternating fashion. The use of nasal decongestant spray for more than 3 days is not recommended as they are highly additive. It causes dependency and may lead to septal perforation. ...Read more

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Saline spray helping through day, but what to do at night, been waking up stuffy with blood in nostrils when blowing nose.

Saline spray helping through day, but what to do at night, been waking up stuffy with blood in nostrils when blowing nose.

Xlear: Your doc may tell you that you have a sinus infection. You can use a natural product called xlear (pronounced "clear") to clean out nasal passages and break up the biofilm where germs multiply. Tastes good too! ...Read more

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I ve. 1% w/vazalestine hydrochloride spray[rhinolast].14 ml per spray, how many times per day can I spray it maximum each day in each nostril, please help?

I ve. 1% w/vazalestine hydrochloride spray[rhinolast].14 ml per spray, how many times per day can I spray it maximum each day in each nostril, please help?

1 - 2 sprays 2 x/d: This an antihistamine, from your profile it seems that u might have asthma as well with probable upper airway inflammation too, nose and sinus inflammation, you need to be evaluated by an allergist/ent specialist, until that is done pls don't exceed the dosage: 1-2 sprays each nostril twice a day, good luck. ...Read more

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Best way of keeping nostril from drying/cracking? I’ve heard Vaseline, KY Jelly, and saline sprays. Which is most effective?

Best way of keeping nostril from drying/cracking? I’ve heard Vaseline, KY Jelly, and saline sprays. Which is most effective?

Below: Each one is effective.
It comes down to personal preference.

I would suggest putting KY jelly at the end of the list.
Vaseline would be my first suggestion. ...Read more

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My daughter is 19 months and has been prescribed Avamys 1 spray per nostril 2x a day. The insert says from age 2 1 spray per nostril once a day.?

My daughter is 19 months and has been prescribed Avamys 1 spray per nostril 2x a day. The insert says from age 2 1 spray per nostril once a day.?

Medication: Medication dosage is often titrated, adjusted, by prescribing physician depending upon patient's need. Important that you discuss dosage with your child's Pediatrician. ...Read more

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Just had sinus surgery yesterday, can I use a nasal spray to help clean with the packing still in nostrils?

Just had sinus surgery yesterday, can I use a nasal spray to help clean with the packing still in nostrils?

Nasal spray use?: Depends on what kind of packing your surgeon placed. Please call your ENT specialist, so that they can let you know what their preference is. ...Read more

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Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray make you gain weight? I use it daily. 2 sprays in each nostril? I have chronic sinusitus.

Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray make you gain weight? I use it daily. 2 sprays in each nostril? I have chronic sinusitus.

The: The active ingredient in Nasonex nasal spray is mometasone which is the nasal steroid least absorbed into the blood stream. Also, when looking at the side effect profile of this medication, weight gain is not on the list. So it is very unlikely that Nasonex in a normal dose (such as what you are on) causes weight gain.


Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Just had sinus surgery yesterday, they put in dissolvable packing and stints, can I use a nasal spray to help clean out nostrils?

Just had sinus surgery yesterday, they put in dissolvable packing and stints, can I use a nasal spray to help clean out nostrils?

Try saline.: You may first want to check with your surgeon because there are several different kinds of packing. Usually, over the counter nasal saline (salt water) sprays are very useful after sinus surgery to help rinse away dried blood and crusting. They can be used with splints or stents in place. Do not use any prescription nose sprays until your ENT surgeon says it's OK to do so. ...Read more

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I always have blood in my nostrils and stuffy nose. I use nostrila (spray) although it works it's addictive. But nothing else helps. Help!

I always have blood in my nostrils and stuffy nose. I use nostrila (spray) although it works it's addictive. But nothing else helps. Help!

Bloody Nose: Generally speaking, a bloody nose is no cause for alarm. However, if you "always, have blood in your nostrils, you should be seen by an ent. If deemed appropriate, you could be a candidate for cauterization, which is simple and painless and will often solve the problem. ...Read more

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My gp prescribed 1 spray (27.5 mg of fluticasone furoate) in each nostril twice daily. Will this cause more side effects? Is the dose normal? Thanks

My gp prescribed 1 spray (27.5 mg of fluticasone furoate) in each nostril twice daily. Will this cause more side effects? Is the dose normal? Thanks

Veramyst: While the usual dose for Fluticasone Furoate (veramyst) is 1-2 sprays each nostril once a day for adults, it is not unusual to adjust the dose for a particular person's needs. Higher doses may help initially, then many docs will step down to the lowest effective dose. In general nasal steroid sprays are pretty safe and significant side effects would not be seen at twice a day. ...Read more

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I've been using Flonase for almost three months 1 spray each nostril twice a day. Can it cause more mucus to build up in Eustachian Tube? .

I've been using Flonase for almost three months 1 spray each nostril twice a day. Can it cause more mucus to build up in Eustachian Tube? .

No: Less. Many people sniff this up strongly which means that much of it goes to the throat and is swallowed. Read the instructions. It should be aimed to the side and retained inside the nose. Many people also take an antihistamine. NOT BENADRYL. Allegra, Claratin, Zyrtec. Generics are the same with lower price. ...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