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Nasal Spray Addiction: How to Quit Nose Spray

Updated on July 7, 2013

Nasal spray addiction is probably more common than many people are aware. When you have a cold or your sinuses are bothering you, there's nothing quite like the relief of using nose spray to clear those congested noses right up. But if you're not careful, you can become addicted to the spray very easily. When this happens, your nasal passages will swell and you'll feel even more stopped up, which will naturally cause you to want to grab the squirt bottle again for your next fix.

Quit Nasal Spray with Breathe Right

The best non-medicated cure of all for stopping nasal spray addiction is Breathe Right. Breathe Right strips, worn across the lower part of your nose (similar to what you'll see sometimes on football players), help to open the nasal passages from the outside. These are perfect for people wanting to learn how to quit using nose spray.

According to the Breathe Right website, "When you have a cold or the flu, try Breathe Right nasal strips to get fast, effective nasal congestion relief. They gently open nasal passages to give your nose more breathing room naturally. Breathe Right nasal strips use patented reflex technology to gently lift your nasal passages, allowing you to breathe easier."

As they are best worn at night, they can also help to provide snoring relief. Read more on about the different types of strips and other products available. They even have mentholated strips to help those struggling with allergies.

Stop Using Nose Spray with Saline Mist

Nasal saline spray is another great option when you're trying to break free of the nose spray habit. It is available as spray or drops and is gentle enough to use as often as needed. Saline sprays are non-medicated, so there are no worries of forming a new addiction.

When first using the spray or mist, it might be necessary to spray a couple more times than usual, then wait for it to kick in. It isn't as strong as what you're used to, and it won't last as long, but it does work. Ayr, pictured above, is a good one to try and can be purchased at most drug stores. Simply Saline has good reviews as well.

If you start using the spray immediately and the Breathe Right strips nightly (they can be used together), you should begin to feel a difference within a couple of days.

Other options to consider: Steam bath/shower, nasal irrigation, Mentholatum or Vicks VapoRub on chest or very lightly beneath nose.

Fight Nasal Addiction One Nostril at a time

Because quitting nose spray cold turkey can make you feel as if you can't breathe, you can also try stopping one nostril at a time. Follow the steps above on one side of your nose, then work on the other.

This process will take less than a week. For two or three days, you will still use nose spray in one nostril. The other side will become congested, but using Breathe Right strips and a saline mist will ease the difficulty. After a few days when it stops feeling congested, quit using the medicated nasal spray altogether, then switch to only saline spray and the strips.

It isn't easy to quit, but if you follow these few tips, you can beat the addiction in no time.


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