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What are the long-term side effects of Zicam nasal spray?
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Dr. Manav Singla
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Permanent damage
Zicam zinc based nose sprays have been implicated in a number of reports of permanent or semi-permanent loss of smell.
I would just stay away from it.

In brief: Permanent damage
Zicam zinc based nose sprays have been implicated in a number of reports of permanent or semi-permanent loss of smell.
I would just stay away from it.
Dr. Manav Singla
Dr. Manav Singla
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Dr. Kenneth Backman
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Increased congestion
Many of the Zicam nasal sprays contain nasal decongestants, similar to the afrin brand of nasal sprays.
Topical nasal decongestant sprays are safe if used for a short period of time. If used for more than a few days, however, they can cause rebound congestion, which can become more severe than the original reason for using the spray. Never use for more than 3 days straight.

In brief: Increased congestion
Many of the Zicam nasal sprays contain nasal decongestants, similar to the afrin brand of nasal sprays.
Topical nasal decongestant sprays are safe if used for a short period of time. If used for more than a few days, however, they can cause rebound congestion, which can become more severe than the original reason for using the spray. Never use for more than 3 days straight.
Dr. Kenneth Backman
Dr. Kenneth Backman
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