Like so many people everywhere around the country, the flu has hit hard this winter and I certainly was not immune to it this year. As I lay in my bed with covers and pillows surrounding me, laptop in lap and Kleenex close to me, I am a happy girl (at least for the next 12 hours and then the Afrin will wear off!) because I can finally breathe after not being able breathe for a week.
I actually am going through a double whammy with a touch of the flu and a sinus infection and upon suggestion of my doctor, decided to try Afrin to get some relief. My doctor told me to read the directions thoroughly as you are not able to use this product after three days because frequent use might cause the congestion to worsen. Absolutely nothing has been able to penetrate through my nose. I even got brave and put some black pepper on a plate to see if I would be able to sneeze and that did not even work so Afrin was my last resort. I did the obligatory three squirtsful in each nostril and felt as if I died and went to sinus infection heaven. The Afrin worked within minutes and I can inhale fresh air once again (again, this should last for 10 hours and then my nose will turn into a pumpkin and I won't be able to breathe again until the next squirt).
Albeit temporary, I strongly suggest this product for fast congestion relief.