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How can decongestants treat sinus problems?

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Decongestants reduce the swelling in your nose and can ease stuffiness and sinus pressure, too. You can get them in more than one form. Here’s what to look for on the ingredients list:

A word of caution: Don’t use a nasal decongestant spray for more than 3 days, and don't use a decongestant you take by mouth for more than 7 days

  • Nasal sprays: oxymetazoline or phenylephrine
  • Pills: phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine.

From: 6 Steps to Fight Sinus Problems WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC. American Academy of Family Physician's FamilyDoctor.org web site, "Sinusitis" and "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

American Academy of Otolaryngology web site: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches" and "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

FDA web site: "FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

The Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): "Prevention."

News release, FDA. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC. American Academy of Family Physician's FamilyDoctor.org web site, "Sinusitis" and "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

American Academy of Otolaryngology web site: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches" and "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

FDA web site: "FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

The Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): "Prevention."

News release, FDA. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2018

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