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What is the best way to decongest my nose?

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Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Caution: Afrin (oxymetazoline)

One of the most powerful topical nasal decongestants is oxymetazoline, the active ingredient in afrin.
It is extremely effective at relieving severe nasal congestion in thr setting of a cold or allergy attack. It should not be used for more than 3 days because of the tolerance effect known as tachyphylaxis, which is a form of dependency that leads to deleterious changes in the nasal lining.

In brief: Caution: Afrin (oxymetazoline)

One of the most powerful topical nasal decongestants is oxymetazoline, the active ingredient in afrin.
It is extremely effective at relieving severe nasal congestion in thr setting of a cold or allergy attack. It should not be used for more than 3 days because of the tolerance effect known as tachyphylaxis, which is a form of dependency that leads to deleterious changes in the nasal lining.
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
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