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Oxymetazoline Allergy In Children
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Will I be able to breathe through my nostrils with oxymetazoline, if I've been stuffed with allergies?
Probably: This is a nasal decongestant so most people with congestion whatever the reason, experience some benefit. The problem is that you became reliant on this decongestant effect and if you try to quit you can get "rebound" with even more congestion. I really try to have my patients avoid otc nasal decongestants and if they really insist, use for at most 3 days. ...Read more
Allergy tested (none) daytime clear. Night stuffy, afrin (oxymetazoline) works wonderful. Does this mean no or slight deviated septum? The fact that afrin (oxymetazoline) helps lots
Any helpful ideas for how to more comfortably wean down from chronic afrin (oxymetazoline) during allergy season? The rebound rhinitis is tough!
Afrin (oxymetazoline) overuse: Topical decongestants, like afrin, reduce nasal congestion by constricting blood vessels in the nasal membranes and reducing blood flow. While they help reduce nasal congestion temporarily, after 3-5 days, the membranes can become even more swollen after they wear off. The answer is using other medications during a pollen season, such as nasal steroids, oral and topical antihistamines, etc. ...Read more
Can I take zyrtec (cetirizine) together with nose spray containing oxymetazoline hci? Not sure if I can take the 2 together while they both say for allergies
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
Cushingoid face swelling this week. No allergy/infection. Have CSF shunt leak- collect there? Or Afrin (oxymetazoline) strong enough steroid? NSAIDs ineffective. Way to treat?
Cushingoid: Chronic steroid use will cause a Cushing type face. A leaking CSF shunt will lead to a focal swelling under the skin and not around the whole face. Steroid therapy is required when other anti inflammatory medications are not sufficient. Talk to your medical doctor about the best medications for you and ask what are the alternatives. ...Read more
If I use afrin nasal spray as needed for nasal allergies for 3 days in a row, how long do I have to wait before it is ok to use afrin again?
Chronic post nasal drip=can't sleep even on incline! Rare eustachian draining. Manage reflux, no allergies. Afrin works but anything better long term?
Yes: Afrin should not be used daily for more than a few days else you end up getting more severe nasal symptom. Assuming that you have already been worked up by a board-certified allergist, your next bet would be an ENT doctor. There are many nasal medications other than afrin to control your symptoms once the cause is known. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline): Hello. Oxymetazoline is the active ingredient in afrin nasal spray. If it is used beyond 5 days, it could cause rhinitis medicamentosa. This is a condition where your nose needs to continue to use the spray just to be able to breath in and out of your nose. This ingredient can also be linked to increased heart rate and blood pressure, insomnia and urinary incontinance. ...Read more
Steroids: The immediate cessation of the nasal spray and the use of oral steroid for several weeks may reverse this condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa. The main thing to do once this condition, hopefully is reversed, is to obtain a specific diagnosis such as nasal allergy or hypertrophy (enlargement) of the inferior turbinates. Surgery to reduce the size of the inferior turbinates may be curative. ...Read more
Yes, but: I recommend that my patients use afrin for an absolute maximum of 5 days if indicated. Sudafed is ok to use at the same time, as long as you have no medical contraindications to using it (heart problems, high blood pressure, etc). See your doctor if your nasal congestion symptoms are not improved within 5 days of use of either medication. ...Read more
Afren is an antihistaminic and Flonase is a nasal steroid. Mechanism of action of both drugs is different so they don't interfere with each other.
While Flonase can be used for extended periods (2 weeks or more), afrin is not recommended to use more than 5-7 days because of risk of rebound phenomenon. ...Read more
Yes: Afrin typically should not be used for more than 5 or so consecutive days. Tolerance develops at that point and congestion can worsen. There are studies that suggest nasal steroid blocks development of tolerance, so some patients can actually tolerate Afrin longer. Ask your physician about this before extending use of Afrin and always consult physician before using either of these. Good luck! ...Read more
Is afrin (oxymetazoline) safe to use in the second trimester? I've used it atleast twice a day for the last two weeks? Is the baby ok?
Don't overuse it: Pregnancy causes congestion from swelling of the nasal membranes. Afrin shrinks the lining but should only be used for a couple of days; any longer causes severe "rebound" congestion. It is also a vasoconstrictor (tightens blood vessels), and while the risk is low, it may affect blood flow to your baby. Check with your doctor for safer and better options to treat your congestion. ...Read more
My 3 y.o. son had tonsil/adnoid surgery today and was given generic afrin (oxymetazoline)...he ingested some while given this. Is this harmful?
Not likely: To determine risk in accidental ingestions, the quantity, contents and duration of ingestion are important factors to be considered before determining the risk of injury from the ingestion. Please call the local Poison Control to help clarify if your son is at risk of any harm. Take care. ...Read more
I think I overdose with afrin (oxymetazoline) lub (oximetazolina .050% spray) I took more than 14 applications by mistake in the same moment. That happened 30 minutes ago?
Decongestant spray: Many folks are addicted to decongestant nasal sprays due to instant results. Do not use it for more than 3 days! See an ENT doctor for treatment. ...Read more
Oxymetazoline: No, Oxymetazoline is a decongestant. It temporarily helps with nasal congestion by constricting the local blood vessels and reducing swelling and congestion. If used more than 3 days, it can cause a rebound effect and worsen symptoms. Antihistamines are a separate class of medications. They block the effects histamine, which help reduce the watery eyes and runny nose. ...Read more
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