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Millions of Americans in pursuit of a remedy for stuffy nose and sinus pressure turn to over the counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick action, availability and presumed safety. But did you know prolonged use of topical nasal decongestants (TNDs) often leads to addiction? Case in Point: A 32-year-old male was referred to me because of complaints of chronic nasal blockage. The patient suspected his problem was hay fever (allergic rhinitis). During the interview, he revealed that a year ago he began to have trouble sleeping because of a stuffy nose. He felt considerably better after using a TND before going to bed. Within 2 weeks he began to awaken in the middle of the night requiring another dose of his nasal spray for relief. One month later he required doses 4 times daily in order to avoid severe nasal congestion. By the time I saw him, he was going through almost a bottle of nasal spray daily. His diagnosis was Rhinitis Medicamentosa (RM) which means nasal inflammation (rhi...
Sneezing is a universal reflex which has many different styles and intensities but in most people, serves the same purpose. The first sneeze may occur at any age often starting in infancy. Although sneezing can be annoying, especially when it occurs repetitively, it is an important defense mechanism.
Why do we sneeze?
Sneezing is a reflex response (occurs without conscious thought, through nerve networks between the brain and the upper airway) to a trigger which is often an aerosolized particle. It begins with a trigger stimulating nerve endings in the upper respiratory tract. The upper respiratory tract (URT) includes the nose, mouth, sinuses and throat.
Have you ever eaten something that made you sneeze? The reason why this occurs is because there are nerve based sensors in the nose and throat area which upon being stimulated by certain substances, rapidly send signals to the sneeze center of the brain. The sneeze center is located in an area of the brai...
Generic Name: DECONGESTANT/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Sinus Congestion & Pain Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). Decongestants help relieve stuffy
nose, sinus, and ear congestion symptoms. Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin
pain reliever and fever reducer. Antihistamines help relieve watery eyes, itchy
eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor
or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
These products do not...
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