Nasal spray warning released by Oklahoma allergy institute

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Spring allergies have many Oklahomans reaching for their medications, but doctors are urging that you take caution when using nasal sprays.

“You can use too much of the nasal spray and that can cause damage or pain in the nasal passage,” Dr. Amy Darter, Medical Director of the Oklahoma Institute of Allergy & Asthma.

She says overuse of nasal spray can lead to an increased risk for sinus infections, headaches, coughing, and in some cases, “septal perforation and sores in the nose.”

So while Bradford Pears and Cottonwood trees get the blame for allergies, nasal spray, if used incorrectly, can cause issues of a much higher severity.

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