Can You Overdo It On Nasal Spray?

August 29, 2014 12:34 PM

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The question: Is it OK to use nose spray on a regular basis, several times a week for years, for congestion relief? Is any harm being caused by this usage?

The answer: Over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays may provide some temporary relief from congestion, but the problem is that their effects wear off quite quickly -- after just 30 minutes or less, says Ronald H. Saff, M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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