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sinus rinse addictive ?

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I had surgery 2 years ago for a cyst that almost filled my left maxillary sinus, blocking drainage and causing chronic infection. Things are better though now I use a sinus rinse and occasionally a steroid nasal spray. it seems the more I use the rinse the more I need to use it. I know it's not like Afrin-you can use it as much as you want. But am I heading toward needing it 3-4 times a day? iIs that what is in store? I worry about that.

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replied May 29th, 2010

I hope this helps you!
Read the review about Afrin & how they beat the addiction... I hope it works for you, too! I would try a decongestant/allergy pill (Benadryl-D, Allergy Plus Sinus)& try going without your rinse... just keep blowing your nose till you can breath... also try those nose strips that you put on the outside of your nose to help you breath & quit the rinse... I wouldn't use the steroid nasal spray... make sure you don't use the decongestant past 7 days (only use the decon if you feel like you nasal is stuffed up... try going to just an allergy pill without decong. as those can also have "rebound" effects & make it worse! I hope it goes away!
Have you had allergies checked? Try to quit the rinses if you can... maybe try an air filter, etc...
Best to you!
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replied February 15th, 2014
I have found a great nasal spray that is over-the-counter.

I did go to an allergist and only have a few mild allergies.
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