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The Nasal Spray Addiction Relief Centre

Updated on May 16, 2010

Unfortunately millions of people worldwide suffer from this medical condition.

 

Definition

Nasal spray addiction (Rhinitis Medicamentosa) is the term used to describe the dependency on over the counter decongestant nasal sprays due to them causing rebound congestion (congestion worse than before the nasal spray was used).

Causes

Over the counter decongestant nasal sprays containing oxymetazoline, xylometazoline, phenylepherine etc. (topical vacoconstrictors) temporarily reduce the size of the nasal turbinates, open the nasal passages and provide relief from nasal congestion etc. However when these are used for more than 3 consecutive days they cause rebound congestion. Rebound congestion is the result of abnormal hypertrophy (enlargement) and swelling of the nasal membranes. This blocks the nasal passages causing the nasal congestion and associated symptoms. This rebound congestion is temporarily relieved by using the offending nasal spray. Therefore a vicious cycle of dependency ensues.

The delicate lining of the nasal passages can be permanently damaged.

Symptoms

  • Nasal congestion and difficulty breathing
  • Runny nose
  • Sinus/facial pain
  • Sinus/facial tenderness
  • Sinus/facial pressure,
  • Headaches
  • Pain in teeth
  • Pain in jaw
  • Pain in ears,
  • Pain through and around eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Drainage of a thick yellow or green discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat (post nasal drip)
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Cough (which may be worse at night)
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat and halitosis (bad breath).
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disorders
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Chronic nose bleeds
  • Perforated septum
  • Dry/crusty nasal passages
  • Rapid heart beat

The Nasal Spray Addiction Relief Centre is a non-profit making organisation that provides a wealth of useful information and is intended for educational use by sufferers of nasal spray addiction and physicians.

The Nasal Spray Addiction Relief Centre has carried out extensive research on this condition and the various treatments available and it's main aims are to;

  • further educate people about this medical condition.
  • provide information regarding types of treatment available.
  • make people aware that their symptoms can be relieved and it is possible to wean themselves off of the offending nasal spray, it's just a matter of finding the right treatment.

For further information please visit www.thenasalsprayaddictionreliefcentre.co.uk.

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