Professional Care of Mother and Child, 1996
Nasal congestion and sinusitis are common effects of cold and flu viruses. One treatment for nasal congestion is oral doses of vasoconstrictors such as ephedrine which mimic the action of the sympathetic nervous system. Care should be taken before these are prescribed or recommended as these drugs are contraindicated in patients on certain drugs or with certain conditions. Vasoconstrictors can also be given as nasal drops or sprays but for a limited period to avoid rebound congestion. Aromatic volatile oils, e.g. menthol, eucalyptus, can be given as rubs or inhalants (see manufacturers’ instructions for use with young children).
Sinclair A. Remedies for common family ailments: 10. Nasal decongestants. Prof Care Mother Child. 1996;6(1):9-11.