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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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My snot has blood/streaks for 2months. My doc just gave nasalspray. Do I have cancer? Should I continue to use nasal spray to evaluate situation?

My snot has blood/streaks for 2months. My doc just gave nasalspray. Do I have cancer? Should I continue to use nasal spray to evaluate situation?

Unlikely cancer: The more common reason for your plight are nasal irritants, allergens, and or sinus infections resulting from them. House dust, smoke, fumes all irritate the nasal passages. A nasal wash with saline (netty pot or spray) and or steroid nasal spray may help. ...Read more

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Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Can nasonex (mometasone) nasal spray cause migraines?

Not a cause: Nasonex (mometasone) would not cause migraines, but if you have migraines already then it is possible that something in the Nasonex (mometasone) could trigger a migraine in you. ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can extended use of a nasal spray that contains xylometazoline hydrochloride cause glaucoma?

I just wanted to know can extended use of a nasal spray that contains xylometazoline hydrochloride cause glaucoma?

Not likely a problem: Ask your ophthalmologist to clarify the type of glaucoma you have, and if it is an open angle form (most common), then the nasal antihistamine is not likely to elevate your eye pressure (which is the biggest risk factor causing glaucoma). ...Read more

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I have been sneezing non stop for quite sometime now. What could be the cause of it & how do I treat this problem? Could nasal spray treat this problem?

I have been sneezing non stop for quite sometime now. What could be the cause of it & how do I treat this problem? Could nasal spray treat this problem?

Allergy: The nasal sprays available will help but u need 2 c an allergist & find out the underlying problem. Oral rx r also helpful so make an appointment. ...Read more

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Can nasarel nasal spray cause sinus problems?

Can nasarel nasal spray cause sinus problems?

No: Nasarel (flunisolide) is a prescription topical corticosteroid spray used to treat allergic rhinitis & may be useful in related conditions like nasal polyps. Nasarel is one of the earliest developed topical steroid sprays. Its not used very much anymore because it causes nasal stinging. It is not a vasoconstrictor/decongestant like afrin. Continued use does not cause blockage of sinus openings. ...Read more

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My nasal spray was almost empty, & I accidentally shot a big shot of pure air up my nose! It went so far in. Will I be OKAY? Could it cause embolism?

My nasal spray was almost empty, & I accidentally shot a big shot of pure air up my nose! It went so far in. Will I be OKAY? Could it cause embolism?

It is probably okay: An air embolism would not probably result from what you did, and to put it another way when someone uses a CPAP or BiPAP machine they are subjecting their respiratory system to elevated pressures and they do just fine. If you notice any persistent effects you could get them checked out at an emergency room or urgent care clinic although I highly doubt that would be necessary. Stay safe! ...Read more

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What could cause the awful burning sensation after using sudafed nasal spray?

What could cause the awful burning sensation after using sudafed nasal spray?

Common: A topical over the counter nasal spray is usually an Alpha agonist and causes vaso-constriction of the blood vessels of the nose. This initially leads to a narrowing of the blood vessels and a more patent nasal airway. It is not unusual to have a burning sensation for a few seconds. If the burning lasts longer, you may be using the spray too long. Consult an ENT doctor for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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My sis gave my some nasal spray to take for my dizziness, she seems to think its my sinuses. Will sinuses cause dizziness nauseated and blurry. Dr?

My sis gave my some nasal spray to take for my dizziness, she seems to think its my sinuses. Will sinuses cause dizziness nauseated and blurry. Dr?

See Below: Chronic sinus inflammation can cause a sensation of light headedness when it is flared-up. However, if you feel like the room is spinning or feel like you are going to black out, that is not allergies. You should never use a medication that is not recommended for you by a licensed healthcare provider. See your doctor to get appropriate care. ...Read more

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Does Flonase nasal spray cause avascular necrosis?

Does Flonase nasal spray cause avascular necrosis?

Probably Not: There is a theoretical concerns that any steroid cause avn. Having said that it would be distinctly unusual, if not un heard of, for normal doses of Flonase to cause avn. ...Read more

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Can nasarel nasal spray cause dental and sinus problems?

Probably not: Any over the counter nasal spray used for more than a few days may cause a condition called rhinitis medicamentosa. This condition may lead to irreversible damage to cilia (small hairs of the mucosa) and rebound where the nose is worse than before you started the medication. Any nasal condition, whether allergic or non-allergic should be managed by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can flu mist nasal spray cause meningitis, encephalitis or death?

Can flu mist nasal spray cause meningitis, encephalitis or death?

Unlikely: No deaths have been reported with nasal vaccine. In large series there were no severe side effects. There are few reports of meningitis and even fewer of encephalitis that were reported after introduction of the vaccine. These complications are listed in the package insert and the fda web site. Considering the huge number of children and adults vaccinated, these complications are unlikely. ...Read more

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I am suffering from blocked nose for past 3 years. I'm using Otrivin nasal spray. What is the cause and permanent remedy.?

Many causes: The nasal spray that you're using is very harmful if used for more than three days. By itself over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays can cause chronic nasal instruction by leading to an addiction such that when you stop using the spray your nose gets totally congested and blocked. Allergies, infections, anatomical blockages and many other causes lead to nasal congestion. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I use an nasal spray 3-4 times for 5 days because I had stuffy nose caused by sinusitis. Now it's like I have "ciggarette addiction"? How to stop this

I use an nasal spray 3-4 times for 5 days because I had stuffy nose caused by sinusitis. Now it's like I have "ciggarette addiction"? How to stop this

Rebound congestion: Over the counter nasal decongestant sprays (Rhinocort Aq being an exception) can cause troubling rebound congestion and should only be used sparingly for a very short period of time. Recovery involves complete discontinuation of the spray, and waiting for the tissues of the nose to return to normal. Hopefully one of our ENT doctors will chime in if there are prescriptions available to help! ...Read more

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Is it true that steroid nasal spray can cause bones diseases and weakness?

Is it true that steroid nasal spray can cause bones diseases and weakness?

Not really: All medications that contain cortisone like steroids have a label required by fda to mention that they "may" effect eyes, bones, growth, adrenal gland, etc. The real problem is with steroid pills used for long periods or steroid injections. Steroid nasal sprays are very safe in the recommended dosages. The current available data is reassuring. ...Read more

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I'm have severe nasal congestion as a result of my cold. I've used so many nasal spray, rynex, and more. But nothing helps and I can't sleep cause of it?

I'm have severe nasal congestion as a result of my cold. I've used so many nasal spray, rynex, and more. But nothing helps and I can't sleep cause of it?

So many nasal sprays: Maybe that's the problem, if overuse nasal decongestant sprays, you may develop rebound congestion, besides it might not only be congestion, bacterial infection may need antibiotics, and perresistant inflammation may need steroids, local or systemic, so better see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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Can you cause problems if you use a saline nasal spray too much? Using it on a 16mth old with chesty cough trying to clear phlegm

Can you cause problems if you use a saline nasal spray too much? Using it on a 16mth old with chesty cough trying to clear phlegm

Maybe: I can't say I have ever seen it happen. Most parents do not do it as often as the kid needs or as vigorously as they need. Since a small kid needs the mucous debris removed to effectively use their nose, it is one of the few treatments that can make a real difference. Cold meds often thicken mucous producing a negative effect. ...Read more

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Would rhinoplasty done in 2004 cause any severe nasal congestion now? My nose has been really stuffy for weeks. I use nasal spray too much.

Rebound congestion: If you have been using a decongestant spray for a long time, that is the most likely cause of your congestion. Nonetheless, you should have your nose examined by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Could 3-4 yearlong daily nasal spray addiction (xylometazolin) cause post nasal drip, and coughing/ constant airways irritation. Which mimic asthma?

Could 3-4 yearlong daily nasal spray addiction (xylometazolin) cause post nasal drip, and coughing/ constant airways irritation. Which mimic asthma?

No: Not directly. ..It sound like you should ask your PCP for a referral to a Board Certified ENT (Ear Nose Throat) Specialist!!


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