Nasal congestion is a very common symptom and medical complaint.  It has many causes including chronic allergies, viral upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, anatomic blockage of the nasal cavity and unfortunately chronic nasal spray use.


Many nasal sprays can offer significant relief of nasal symptoms.  Nasal saline spray may be used to moisturize the nasal passages.  Topical nasal steroids and antihistamines are used to treat chronic nasal allergies and can offer significant long-term relief.   However, for those diagnosed with viral respiratory infections or sinusitis, short-term use nasal decongestants (Afrin, Oxymetazoline) may offer some benefit but should not be used long term.  It is recommended that patients consult with their physician prior to using these medications.

Nasal Decongestant sprays are only intended for short term use, usually 3-5 days.  Unfortunately, many patients suffer from chronic symptoms and end up using nasal decongestants long term.  Although this is often initially helpful, patients usually develop tolerance quickly and the nasal decongestants become less and less effective, and in some cases can make nasal symptoms worse.  If you suffer from chronic nasal congestion and/or chronic nasal decongestant use, the physicians at ENT and Allergy will help identify any potential causes of your symptoms, propose potential better long term treatment options and attempt to transition you off of these chronic nasal decongestant sprays.

If you suffer from chronic nasal congestion and/or chronic nasal decongestant use, make an appointment with one of our doctors to schedule an evaluation today! 610-415-1100


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