Decongestants are used to treat a blocked or stuffy nose. It provides short-term relief from nasal congestion. It is very convenient in relieving symptoms of common conditions like flu, cold, hay fever, allergies, sinusitis, and catarrh, which can cause overproduction of mucus that block the nose.
These conditions can cause swelling of the tissues and blood vessels that connect the nasal passage and sinuses. It is effective in narrowing blood vessels and draining mucus for better breathing. They trigger the alpha-adrenergic receptors by binding directly to them and stimulating a chemical transmitter called norepinephrine. This process decreases the swelling.
Decongestants may come in pills, liquids, nose drops, and nasal sprays. Oral decongestants are more convenient than others; however, they may cause more side effects than nose sprays. Nose sprays can act more quickly and provide up to 12 hours of relief. Many of these drugs are non-prescriptive and are available over the counter.
While buying over-the-counter decongestants, you should check active ingredients, such as phenylephrine, oxymetazoline, and pseudoephedrine.
Anyone purchasing a Decongestants, must be mindful of a few things:
- Decongestants can cause problems for individuals who have underlying cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, overactive thyroid, and prostate enlargement. It can also interact.
- Using nasal sprays, drops or gels multiple times a day can cause rebound congestion and may worsen the existing nasal problem.
Border Free Supply offers a range of nasal care medications.