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How To Break Nose Spray Addiction
See an ENT/allergist: Nose sprays contain drugs that are 1) stimulants and 2) cause rebound nasal congestion when they were off, leading to repeated and more frequent use of more and more, which do less and less. The treatment of nasal congestion is to treat the underlying condition causing it. Nasal steroids are usually the best option, and they can be started and the other nasal sprays either tapered or discontinued. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
I use an nasal spray 3-4 times for 5 days because I had stuffy nose caused by sinusitis. Now it's like I have "ciggarette addiction"? How to stop this
Rebound congestion: Over the counter nasal decongestant sprays (Rhinocort Aq being an exception) can cause troubling rebound congestion and should only be used sparingly for a very short period of time. Recovery involves complete discontinuation of the spray, and waiting for the tissues of the nose to return to normal. Hopefully one of our ENT doctors will chime in if there are prescriptions available to help! ...Read more
I have a 1/8 inch white sore inside my nose, straight back into the sinus cavity. I have allergies, nasal spray addiction, cpap and deviated septum. ?
Nasal steroids: Nasal sprays cause rebound congestion, which becomes a vicious cycle of more and more sprays, followed by more and more congestion, followed by more and more sprays. You have to completely stop them. Your doctor can help with use of steroid nosedrops, allergy testing and better treatment of underlying disorder. You may need psychological counseling as well. See an ENT doctor/allergist asap. ...Read more
You may have a: Psychological dependence to the sprays. Switch to saline spray and taper the daily frequency. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Could 3-4 yearlong daily nasal spray addiction (xylometazolin) cause post nasal drip, and coughing/ constant airways irritation. Which mimic asthma?
No: not directly ...It sound like you should ask your PCP for a referral to a Board Certified ENT (Ear Nose Throat) Specialist!! Hope this helps BE WELL! Dr Z ...Read more
I always have blood in my nostrils and stuffy nose. I use nostrila( spray) although it works it's addictive. But nothing else helps. Help!
I have an addiction to eucalyptus citrus sprays. I spray my cloth over ten times a day and sniff so hard. I have been through 50 bottles already. Help?
Addictions can come: In many different forms. I would recommend seeing a counselor as the most effective treatment is therapy. ...Read more
I had an addiction to making myself sneeze by sticking long hard objects up my nose, consequently I now have lost my sense of smell completely and ?
My nose gets very congested often n easily. I'll then b prescribed meds n nose spray to clear up. After a while, d prob will return. Is there any way to reduce d frequency? I keep my surroundings very clean. Thanks!
Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays can be very effective at unclogging the nose. However some over the counter sprays like afrin can be habit forming and loose their effectiveness with chronic use. The best spray to use a lot is saline nasal spray. In some allergic conditions your physician can prescribe steroid spray or antihistamine spray and those work well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consultation needed: You should consult with an ENT who focuses on nose and sinus surgery. He will examine you in the office, possibly scope inside your nose and also may order a sinus ct. Then he will discuss your options. Possibilities include a deviated septum, large turbinates, severe allergies or nasal polyps. For more info go to www.Socalsinus.Com. ...Read more
Nasal sprays : Nasal steroid sprays used for rhinitis should be used consistently (meaning every day). They do not work if you skip doses. Point them outward and back ( like towards your ear on the same side you are spraying). Don't sniff too hard or the liquid will run down your throat. ...Read more
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