Nasal Spray Addiction

When do we use nasal-sprays?

Nasal-sprays are generally harmless. They are even prescribed by doctors especially during allergy season. When our noses are blocked due to the swelling of blood vessels in our noses – more so when we have colds or allergies – nasal sprays are handy in unblocking our stuffy noses by shrinking the blood vessels inside.

Normally, our adrenaline is capable of shrinking blood vessels in our noses, but because nasal-sprays are more powerful, we tend to resort to using it rather than jog or exercise. When we exercise, adrenaline courses through our system and shrinks the blood vessels in our noses.

Addicted to nasal-sprays

Doctors disagree that regular and prolonged use of nasal-sprays can lead to addiction, saying that addiction is Addiction is a compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance known to be physically, psychologically or socially harmful. Over-the-counter nasal sprays don’t contain any habit-forming ingredients, and they don’t cause the compulsive cravings that mark an addiction.

The use of nasal-sprays should not last longer than three to seven days, depending on the product. Using them regularly will make our systems tolerant to it and adrenaline is not powerful enough to take over once usage is stopped.

Continued use of nasal-sprays can lead to some serious problems. For instance, perforations can happen in our septum (the cartilage that separates our nostrils) due to to over shrinking of the blood vessels which decreases blood supply. Nasal-sprays also irritate the sinus which lead to nosebleeds. Initially people use nasal-sprays to alleviate treat nasal problems.

But addiction to nasal sprays actually cause more sinus problems, which in turn causes people to use nose-sprays even more. Further, nasal-sprays contain chemicals such as phenylephrine (primarily used as decongestants) which damage sinus membranes.

Cure for the nasal-spray junkie

For the nasal-spray addicted, there are available alternative to the over-the-counter nose-spray. Doctors recommend saline sprays to treat sinus problems or all-natural hot-pepper nasal spray which alleviate the sinus problems we initially tried to cure using the nasal-spray. All-natural hot-pepper nasal spray also helps relieve sinus problems brought about by nasal-spray addiction.

Some doctors put their nasal-spray addicted patients on steroids, which reduce tissue swelling.

Better than an alternative spray or steroid though, is all-natural adrenaline. Exercise fanatics do better when they continue their regimen when sick rather than stay in bed, studies have shown. And during allergy season when cold and are rampant, good-old-fashioned water and exercise can do the trick.