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Use Of Nasal Sprays Or Drying Agents
I accidentally inhaled 1 sniff of isopropyl alcohol 95% and glycerine 5% (ear drying agent) instead of my saline nasal spray. I immediately flushed?
Should not be a: problem. 1 sniff will not hurt you. ...Read more
Detox: I assume you are talking about the OTC decongestant nasal sprays. Continuous use of the decongestant nasal sprays actually makes the nasal congestion worse. First you have to get on other medications to help reduce the congestion and reduce the use of OTC decongestant nasal sparys and eventually discontiune all together ...Read more
May help: Nasal corticosteroid sprays reduce inflammation in the nose. This may help reduce nasal congestion that leads to snoring. Snoring is caused by air flow blockages such as collapsing of walls of soft tissue around the throat, tongue blocking the throat, obesity with too much fat tissue around the neck making the airway narrow or nasal congestion with postnasal drip. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which nasal sprays : Do u mean? Otc ones? Nasal steroids? The live virus influenza vaccine that is a nasal spray does not contain thimerosol (mercury). Thimerosol is used in multi-dose vial of injectable vaccine to prevent contamination & growth of bacteria or fungi. Apparently some nasal decongestants do contain thimerosol. ...Read more
Perhaps: Dayquil contains Acetaminophen (tylenol), phenylephrine (decongestant) and dextramethorphan (cough suppressant). There should be no interaction with saline nasal sprays, steroid nasal sprays, antihistamine nasal sprays. There would be no real reason to use a decongestant nasal spray as this would be redundant, but unlikely to be harmful. ...Read more
See allergist: It is very easy to become "addicted" to the otc nasal sprays that contain oxymetazoline that are in afrin, neosyneprhine, etc. This is called rhinitis medicamentosa. Treatment can be challenging but through prescription nasal sprays and sometimes prednisone, an allergist or ENT doctor can assist you in getting off that spray! ...Read more
YES.: Over the counter nose sprays, like afrin or neosynephrine, are damaging, inflamatory, and quite addictive. Three or 4 days, at most, with a bad cold, is ok, but beyond that, the nasal swelling 'rebounds', and we begin to use the spray more frequently, and get hooked. I start such patients on a nasal steroid spray, and a 10 day tapered course of an oral steroid, which always cures this addiction. ...Read more
allergies: Vibrocil is not available in the U.S. It is used for common colds, acute and chronic rhinitis, seasonal (hay fever) and non-seasonal allergic rhinitis, acute and chroniand c sinusitis, pre- and postoperative care, adjuvant in cases of acute ear infection. It is a.Combination antihistamine and phenylephrine (decongestant). ...Read more
For what?: These are often mixtures of multiple remedies given for temporary relief -- it's called "complex" homeopathy rather than classical (single remedy) homeopathy. Several are available for allergies and sinus complaints. Please be aware that these mixtures do not access the true strength of homeopathy because they are not individualized to you. Some people are helped, but better to individualize. ...Read more
Depends on what: Are the underlying problems. In some people, it is really a stimulant dependency, and chemical dependency treatment is really ncessary. In others, it is often enough to switch to nasal steroids, which do not produce dependency or stimulation and just stop nasal sprays (usually neosynephrine), and use oral equivalents which are not as re-inforcing. See an ENT doctor first, then mental health help. ...Read more
Seasonally: Are you taking it for seasonal allergies? If yes, take it as prescribed during seasons when you have allergies. You don't need to take it at times of year when you don't have allergy symptoms. Rhinolast controls allergy symptoms but it doesn't cure them so if you stop it during allergy season, your allergies will come back. If you have allergies all year round, you'll need to take it all year. ...Read more
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