I have actually had that happen and so has Mike, so we are always careful to tell you that, even if you think it's mundane or don't feel you need to, I put it here for a reason. I am trying to look out for you and your health and don't want anything to happen to you on my watch.
Aside from that, Afrin can and will unblock those nasal passages for you! Just be careful and only take according to the package as it is slightly addictive so you don't want to use it too often. If that happens, please tell your doctor that the relief you got from Afrin was so good that you kept taking it and now can't seem to live without it. Mike did that one time so I know what will happen. Boy, was he cranky for about a week or so before he leveled out!
Afrin can actually provide you with 12 hours of relief and it really does do that! I don't have a whole lot of problems with sinus's except in the Spring and that is more seasonal than sinus. I am allergic to Ragweed and Dust Mites, which you know is hard as heck to get rid of! I had to get a special air purifier and keep it running so that it catches the dust mites and their dander and sucks it up.
We also had to put mattress protectors on our beds and on our pillows. Nothing you can do about bedding really except keep them washed in hot water at least once a week to kill them. I also use a powder on the carpet that kills them and then I suck them up with the vacuum. There is alot of work that goes into getting rid of or at least getting comfortable living with Dust Mites.
But, with sinus problems, there really isn't much you can clean up or wash up to help with that, so in some instances, I think Mike has it worse than I do. He is constantly taking something for his breathing, so believe me, we know how it is to need something that works. Just be aware of how many times you are using it and that you don't go over the allotted times it says to use. Taking too much can cause your nose to bleed as Mike found out the hard way!
He says it does burn a bit going in but not for long, just a quick instant then it's gone. He says that the relief is worth that little bit of burning and as long as it is within the guidelines, then you are okay. But if you are taking more than what it says, and your nose is bleeding, then please tell your doctor so he can figure out what the problem is. Okay?
I think that is why you get such a little bottle when you buy it over the counter. They try to help you not use it more than is stated and that really is the actual size of the bottle. Not much to look at, is there? But, because I know that it's there for your protection, I leave the size alone, because in this instance, I agree with them. Until you see how you do and how much you need to get by in the course of the day, it is best not to have more than what you really need.
Good Luck and I hope that you get as much help and relief as Mike has and that it continues to improve for you. If you have any questions, feel free to check online with Afrin or call your Ear Nose and Throat doctor and ask them about your concerns. There is a really cute video on their main page, so when you get a chance, go over and watch it!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. I am a BzzAgent and I was given this toy by them to do a review.