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Help! 4mth preg..I just used Vicks Nasal Spray to unclog my nose. Very congested. I'm concerned if I did the right thing by using it. Is my baby ok?

Help! 4mth preg..I just used Vicks Nasal Spray to unclog my nose. Very congested. I'm concerned if I did the right thing by using it. Is my baby ok?

Likely ok: Unless you are using your nasal spray every hour, there is very little systemic absorption from the nasal spray to affect the fetus. However you should really talk to your doctor to get something more effective than Vicks which should not be used for more than a few days especially when you are still very congested. This condition is known as Rhinitis gravidarum likely related to hormones. ...Read more

Dr. John McClay
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Nasal Spray (Definition)

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Can i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Vicks sinex nasal spray together?

Can i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Vicks sinex nasal spray together?

For few days only: If you do not have heart problems and high blood pressure you may take for few days only. But i advice that you don't treat yourself by taking too much and too long over counter medications. ...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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Addicted to nasal spray, what do I do?

Addicted to nasal spray, what do I do?

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

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Can you really get addicted to nasal spray?

Can you really get addicted to  nasal spray?

Somewhat: Nasal decongestant sprays can cause rebound nasal blockage if overused and require the use of more spray. It's called rhinitis medicamentosa. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be addicted to nasal spray?

Is it possible to be addicted to nasal spray?

YES!: Nose sprays with oxymetazoline, like afrin, causes great relief of stuffy nose, but it is addictive. If you use it, you should stop after 3 to 5 days. ...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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What to do if i'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

What to do if i'm addicted to OTC nasal spray?

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

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Is using nasal spray every day considered safe?

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

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

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