Afrin Indications

There are several uses, or indications, of Afrin® (oxymetazoline nasal spray). Afrin is a decongestant nasal spray that is available without a prescription and is approved for use in adults and children as young as six years old. Unlike some other medications, decongestants can help with nasal symptoms due to a wide variety of causes. Afrin indications include relieving nasal congestion caused by:
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Afrin for something other than nasal congestion (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Off-label indications of Afrin include:
  • Treating ear congestion (due to an ear infection or other causes)
  • Treating nosebleeds
  • Preventing ear discomfort during air travel.
(Click Afrin Uses for a more in-depth look at Afrin indications, including a list of several uses of this nasal spray and possible off-label uses. This article also explains how the medication works and its safety in children as young as six years old.)
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