Is afrin (oxymetazoline) allergy ok for kids?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) Afrin should only be used for 2 to 3 days. Longer use can cause rebound nasal congestion due to down regulation of the number of Alpha receptors in the nasal tissue. Avoid using afrin in children under the age of 6.

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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

NonAllergic Rhinitis. It sounds like you have non-allergic rhinitis. You may also have medication related nasal congestion from Enalapril and afrin (if you have been using it frequenly). Stop afrin (oxymetazoline). Deviated septum may be playing a role depending on the extent. Read more...

Any helpful ideas for how to more comfortably wean down from chronic afrin (oxymetazoline) during allergy season? The rebound rhinitis is tough!

Rebound. I would try sudafed and zyrtec during the acute phase and use ocean nasal spray. It should not last but a few weeks but you will be stuffy. Read more...
Afrin (oxymetazoline) addiction. Addiction to nasal decongestant sprays, (vick's, afrin, 4-way, neosynephrine etc.) is called rhinitis medicomentosa. It occurs when someone uses these products for more than 3 days uninterupted. The only effective therapy is to stop using these products however, side-effects (continued congestion will last about a week). Nasal steroids such as : nasonex, (mometasone) flonase, Omnaris might be helpful. Read more...
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...
Cold turkey. 1. First go cold turkey on afrin (oxymetazoline) as weaning oneself rarely works. 2. Use a topical corticosteroid spray at maximal recommended doses to suppress allergy and the chemical inflammation caused by overuse of afrin (oxymetazoline). 3. Use a saline rinse to relieve congestion until all symptoms resolve. 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?

VP Shunt. Although your facial swelling could be caused by many problems that are not serious, your VP shunt should be considered as the most important possibility and it should be checked promptly. I would suggest that you call or see your neurosurgeon promptly. Read more...
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...