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During the past few months it has been brought to my attention frequently that many people are using nasal drops the action of which is definitely detrimental to the healing of inflamed nasal mucous membranes.
This urge on the part of the medical profession, the pharmaceutic houses and the laity to use oil in the nose for acute colds and other nasal infections has been marked since the advent of ephedrine. I believe that this drug was used previously in the treatment of asthma and of allied conditions. In many cases it gave marked relief. In other cases its virtue was questionable, and a certain number of patients could not use it because of disturbing reactions.
In the last year or two ephedrine has been used more and more in oils for nasal instillation. Because its powerful action shrinks the membranes of the nasal passages, breathing is much easier, and
HONISS JR. ABUSE OF POWERFUL NASAL OILS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(2):252. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790020098010
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