HomeAnswersInternal Medicinerhinitis medicamentosaIs there any other way besides nasal spray to relieve my congested nose daily?

If I do not use a nose spray, my nose is always congested. What to do?

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Dr. Prathap

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Published At October 3, 2017
Reviewed AtSeptember 12, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

From the past 3 or 4 years, my nose has been reliant on nose sprays. I wake up, and I am congested. I go through my day, and I am congested. My sinuses feel like they swell up. I do not have a runny nose. It is just swelling. I do not believe it is allergies because I would take Benadryl every night and no improvement is seen. The only way I can relieve this problem is with nose spray. I am tired of this, and I just want answers. I am 18 years old.

Answered by Dr. Prathap

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Chronic usage of decongestants leads to a condition called as rhinitis medicamentosa. This will cause an increase in symptoms, in spite of treatment. Gradually taper and stop the decongestants therapy, as it will be harmful you further. Continue with tablet Dazit (Desloratadine) 5 mg, as needed to relieve allergy.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Prathap
Dr. Prathap

Internal Medicine

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