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I used afrin nasal spray (1 spray) in my left nostril hoping

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I used afrin nasal spray (1 spray) in my left nostril hoping to clear up some congestion. Immediately I felt pain in my left ear, which has persisted for several hours, along with a very clogged feeling in the ear and difficulty hearing. Is this a common side effect of usung nasal sprays, and if so at what point do I need to visit a Dr.?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 9 months ago.

Hello,

It's not related to Afrin nasal spray.

Your symptoms are suggestive of ear infection and eustachian tube blockage.

You should take OTC Motrin.

Also do steam inhalation.

If pain is persistent and difficulty in hearing then you should see an ENT specialist for further evaluation and management.

Antibiotics can be prescribed for oral and topical use.

Use reply to let me know if you have further queries.
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Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 9 months ago.

Let me know if you have any further query we can discuss it thoroughly.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I had no ear pain prior to using the spray. I am worried about this, but willt try to follow your advice for tonight and see how I feel in the morning. Thank you .
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 9 months ago.

Hello,

Also take OTC Claritin.

And elevate your head while sleeping.

Use a humidifier in your room.

Use reply to let me know if you have further queries.
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Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 9 months ago.

Let me know if you have any further query we can discuss it thoroughly.
We are here to help you until you satisfy.
Thanks.