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i am dan
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NC
Member since Aug 2011
17255 posts

Nasal sprays
I've become pretty much "addicted" to nasal spray. Been using generic Afrin for three or four weeks now every night, sometimes during the day if I have golf or something. I started using it a while back here and there when it felt difficult to breath through my nose, especially at night. I started getting a little bit of breathing anxiety. I've always had a little bit of breathing issues through my nose.

So, I started using the nose spray. And it opened everything up and I could breath through my nose so well. It started out helping a lot, opening up my nasal passages. I know the hazard of using it for an extended time, but I pretty much ignored it because I needed it.

Now, it seems to not work as well and during some days, it feels even more closed up.

I need to stop using and struggle through getting over it, a withdrawal sort of speak.

I was wondering if anyone else has been in my boat. And how many days it might take to get my sinuses back to normal. I don't want to get to the point of the spray not working and my sinuses closing up even more..

Hope I wasn't too far all over the place here. Thanks fellas.


doc baklava
Member since Oct 2020
106 posts

re: Nasal sprays
You might need to rinse your sinuses with saline or take an antihistamine.

There is a rebound effect with nasal decongestions after you stop using it.


Slagathor
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re: Nasal sprays
addiction and the ensuing rebound congestion is super common



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LEASTBAY
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re: Nasal sprays
Try saline


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Billder
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re: Nasal sprays
quote:

I don't want to get to the point of the spray not working and my sinuses closing up even more..


Sounds like you might be already there. Not to be a dick, but medication instructions are there for a reason. Dangerous to think otherwise.


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tigeraddict
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2007
8802 posts

re: Nasal sprays
stay away from the Afrin types out there.... just use saline nose spray and get a good air purifier for the bedroom, added bonus of white noise machine.....


Sao
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re: Nasal sprays

I use the little Vicks menthol type sniffer that looks like a tiny vibrator. Opens you up without spray pretty pretty pretty good.


i am dan
Auburn Fan
NC
Member since Aug 2011
17255 posts

re: Nasal sprays
Thanks for the replies, and yeah, I knew exactly what I was doing, but laying in bed not being able to breath sucks really bad. I've tried saline and will give it another try. I also have Flonase, which as far as I know isn't addictive.

I sleep with a little fan on the nightstand for white noise and a little air movement.

So humidity may help with the sinuses? I've got humidifiers somewhere. I'll get one out and start using it.





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LSUMBA91
LSU Fan
Pebble Beach, CA
Member since Nov 2007
163 posts

re: Nasal sprays
Definitely use saline spray. May also check out the nasal steroids like flonase, nasacort, rhinocort, to combat whatever is making you stuffy in the first place.


i am dan
Auburn Fan
NC
Member since Aug 2011
17255 posts

re: Nasal sprays
I have really narrow nasal passages. Doesn't take much to stop my nose up.

The right side is always worse. Not sure if a deviated septum could be the cause. Might talk to my doctor about it next visit.


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dukke v
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re: Nasal sprays
They are useless.....


i am dan
Auburn Fan
NC
Member since Aug 2011
17255 posts

re: Nasal sprays
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I use the little Vicks menthol type sniffer that looks like a tiny vibrator. Opens you up without spray pretty pretty pretty good.


How long does it last? My spray lasts 12 hours.


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crash1211
LSU Fan
Houma
Member since May 2008
2083 posts

re: Nasal sprays
get some flonase. Take some claritin-d for a few days to help it stay decongested, and ween yourself off of the Afrin.


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i am dan
Auburn Fan
NC
Member since Aug 2011
17255 posts

re: Nasal sprays
quote:

Definitely use saline spray. May also check out the nasal steroids like flonase, nasacort, rhinocort, to combat whatever is making you stuffy in the first place.


I've got some flonase at home. May see how it works on a more steady basis. I don't think it works as well as the afrin does tho.


t00f
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Member since Jul 2016
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re: Nasal sprays
I am sure you have read how awful afrin is.

Someone suggested Nasonex. I second.


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i am dan
Auburn Fan
NC
Member since Aug 2011
17255 posts

re: Nasal sprays
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They are useless.....


What are useless, dukke? Not sure what you're replying to.


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Murray
Houston Astros Fan
Member since Aug 2008
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re: Nasal sprays
Woo boy do I know your pain.

I wear a nose strip and do a saline wash every night and use a humidifier. It’s been very manageable since I’ve started that routine.


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WPBTiger
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boxcarbarney
LSU Fan
Constantinople Street
Member since Jul 2007
17328 posts

re: Nasal sprays
fricking Afrin is like nasal crack. Stop using it. Now. Get some Simply Saline. The kind with Arm & Hammer. Use that twice a day to clean out your nasal passages.


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BeachDude022
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Member since Dec 2006
29970 posts

re: Nasal sprays
I started taking Allegra D. Helped with less nasal spray use.


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