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Doctor insights on: Use Of Nasal Sprays Or Drying Agents

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How effective are nasal sprays in unclogging your nose?

How effective are nasal sprays in unclogging your nose?

Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays can be very effective at unclogging the nose. However some over the counter sprays like afrin can be habit forming and loose their effectiveness with chronic use. The best spray to use a lot is saline nasal spray. In some allergic conditions your physician can prescribe steroid spray or antihistamine spray and those work well. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Are nasal sprays safe?

Are nasal sprays safe?

Yes.: Yes, however the otc nasal decongestants can cause problems if used continuously. They cause what is termed, "rebound". People get used to the decongestant effects, and have to continue to use them. Prescription nasal sprays are much safer, if used as directed. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the effects of useing nasal sprays?

Irritation: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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I just found out the mountains behind where I lived as a kid were sprayed with agent orange, what do I do now?

I just found out the mountains behind where I lived as a kid were sprayed with agent orange, what do I do now?

See below: Us department of veterans affairs has studied this issue and recognized a number of disorders to be associated with agent orange exposure as detalied in the site below. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp if you have any signs or symptoms pertinent to these disorders you should consut your doctor. If you are a veteran, seek care at a va facility. ...Read more

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What are the affects of using nasal sprays?

Opens nasal passages: Nasal sprays like afrin will temporarily open the nasal passages to make breathing easier but prolonged use will cause rebound clogging of the passsages---so only use for a short time. Saline sprays like ocean are far better for long term use. ...Read more

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Do nasal sprays work for snoring?

Do nasal sprays work for snoring?

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 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 of time. If steroids are being used and not helpful,see ENT. ...Read more

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Is using nasal spray every day considered safe?

Saline only: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more