The official name is Rhinitis Medicamentosa.
But many simply refer to it as Nasal Decongestant Spray Addiction — The more you use an over-the-counter decongestant spray, the more you risk becoming dependent on the spray for temporary nasal congestion relief that will, in fact, only get worse.
It’s a vicious cycle that can lead to patients spraying their nose every few hours.
How do you break this habit?
Fauquier ENT in Warrenton, VA provides its patients with the following advice:
“Just like with any addiction, there is going to be a withdrawal process. The withdrawal for nasal decongestant spray addiction is severe nasal congestion and obstruction lasting several weeks to months. These withdrawal symptoms are unavoidable.
However, there are a few medications that can help blunt the severity, though withdrawal will still be experienced. As such, treatment we prescribe patients are as follows:
1. Stop the nasal decongestant spray use immediately
2. High dose prednisone starting at 60mg tapered slowly over ~3 weeks
3. Start steroid nasal spray use
4. Start hypertonic saline flushes to the nose (Alkalol is hypertonic)
Usually by four weeks, the withdrawal symptom start to improve and once completely resolved, your nose will be back to its normal healthy state!”
Have a healthy week!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that most colds and flu are caught by placing infected hands to the eyes or nose or in your mouth. You can infect others a day before your symptoms appear. Incubation period is usually three days, but can range anywhere from one to four days.
What are your best weapons for cold and flu defense?
1. Washing your hands!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick. By washing your hands frequently, you can clean away germs that have been picked up from various sources.
When to wash your hands:
- Before you eat or touch food.
- After you use the bathroom.
- When you come in from working or playing outdoors.
- After you touch or play with an animal.
- After you cough, sneeze or blow your nose.
2. Don’t cover your sneezes and coughs with your hands!
Because germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands results in passing along your germs to others. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue then throw it away immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. (This is may seem uncomfortable or even disgusting at first, but many schools and health professionals really do promote this!)
Have a healthy week!
The non-profit Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released its 2011 Fall Allergy Capitals, an annual list of the top 100 worst metro areas for seasonal allergies.
Knoxville, TN tops this year’s list. Where does your city rank?
Find the Top-20 Fall Allergy Capitals here or click here for the full AAFA list.