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Could a reaction to OTC nasal decongestant spray mimic a cluster headache?
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In brief: Maybe
There is no solid scientific data to support the direct cause and effect notion of phenyephrine/oxymetazoline decongestant nasal sprays mimicing cluster headaches.
Some link triggers to seasonal changes (fall/spring) or alcohol or extreme variations in body temperatures. The nasal decongestant association may have anecdotal support in certain individuals, but i haven't heard about it.

In brief: Maybe
There is no solid scientific data to support the direct cause and effect notion of phenyephrine/oxymetazoline decongestant nasal sprays mimicing cluster headaches.
Some link triggers to seasonal changes (fall/spring) or alcohol or extreme variations in body temperatures. The nasal decongestant association may have anecdotal support in certain individuals, but i haven't heard about it.
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