The use of alpha-adrenergic decongestant sprays for more than 5 to 7 days can induce rebound congestion
on withdrawal, known as rhinitis medicamentosa.
Topical intranasal decongestants should be limited to three- to five-day use to avoid rebound congestion
You also should avoid using the nasal sprays for any longer than recommended, as they can cause severe rebound congestion
Decongestant nasal sprays should be avoided, especially in the long term, as they can cause rebound congestion
and reduced efficacy over repeated use.
But relief provided by nasal spray decongestants comes at a price: the risk of rebound congestion
caused by overuse and, for some people, a vicious cycle of overuse and dependence that feels like an addiction.
However, repeated use can cause the mucosa to swell, which is known as rebound congestion
Afrin is OK for short-term use," he adds, "but should not be used long term, as it can cause rebound congestion
, which can be worse than the original symptoms.
Treatments containing anti-histamines, such as Contac 400, can cause drowsiness, while some nasal sprays such as Otrivine can bring temporary relief, but they can often lead to rebound congestion
It is a rebound congestion
that is caused by the overuse of topical nasal decongestants.
You also should avoid using the nasal sprays for any longer than recommended as they can cause severe rebound congestion