Decongestant nasal spray: Think short-term

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Decongestant nasal spray: Think short-term

Decongestant nasal sprays can help reduce nasal congestion when you have a cold. But after a few days, the lining of your nose may become less responsive to the medication. You may need more and more nasal spray to control congestion. If you stop using the medication, your congestion may get worse. This is known as rebound congestion. Prevent it by using a decongestant nasal spray for no more than three to four days in a row.

Last Updated: 2010-02-26
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