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Afrin® (oxymetazoline nasal spray) is a non-prescription nasal spray used to relieve nasal congestion caused by:
- The common cold
- Hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies
- Sinus infections or inflammation (sinusitis).
This medication is approved for use in adults and children. When using Afrin for children, they should be at least six years old. It is not approved for younger children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Afrin for your child.
The active ingredient in Afrin is part of a group of drugs called decongestants. Specifically, it works by stimulating certain receptors known as alpha-adrenergic receptors. In the lining of the nasal passages, this action causes the blood vessels to constrict, allowing less fluid to leave the blood vessels and decreasing inflammation. This helps to relieve nasal congestion.
(Click Afrin Uses for more information on using Afrin for children or adults who have nasal congestion. This article discusses how the medication works and describes several different uses.)