My Experience As An Addict
February 20, 2017 1:03pm CST
Some years ago I had a bad cold. As usual, I had a badly running nose for about two days. When this got better, my nose became blocked. I had difficulty breathing. I slept with my mouth open and, not surprisingly, snored. In the morning I woke up with a dry mouth. I went to a pharmacy and bought an over-the-counter nose spray. Ah, wonderful! My nose unblocked and I could breathe normally again. But after some hours I had the same problem as before. So another dose of nose spray. Relief again. I didn't think much of it then, but when all other symptoms of the cold had disappeared (we say that a cold lasts either a week or seven days) and only the blocked nose remained, I became suspicious. I'd never had this before. I played the blocked nose - spray - unblocked nose game for some more days and then went to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Maybe you've already made this experience: you think you've got something unique or at least rare because you've never heard of it and then a specialist tells you that what you've got is rather wide-spread. I was such a case. I had become hooked on nose spray which is obviously not a rare occurrence. I needed medical assistance to get off the substance. The physician prescribed tablets to get off it and wrote a detailed prescription for a pharmacist who had to prepare a special liquid for my nose which wouldn't make me dependent. Oh, the joy in the pharmacy when I handed it over! Being a pharmacist must be one of the most frustrating professions. Many years at uni only to later take ready-made medicine out of drawers. When a pharmacist can concoct something themselves, they're overjoyed. It didn't take long until I was back to normal. Since then I've never touched this kind of nose spray again. I now take purified salt water from the Atlantic Ocean which moistens the mucous membranes. It’s also sold in pharmacies in Germany. The brand I buy is called Rhinomer. It's also recommended on flights. The air in the plane can dry out the mucous membranes. A shot of this salt water stuff brings relief. I know that you expected a different story when you saw the title. I'm glad to say that this is the nearest I've ever got and ever will get to a severe, life-threatening addiction. Yet, an addiction it was.
20 people like this
• United States
20 Feb 17
For real it is, I know people who was addicted to nose spray. I also know people who are addicted to chap stick. I was told to use nose spray to help with my ears but I won`t, I cant stand spraying that into my nose. I can breath just fine.
• Derry, Northern Ireland
20 Feb 17
The travelling on aeroplanes bit is so true. I would think continuous inhalation of saline (ie multiple times a day) might dry the nasal mucosa slightly, but I am happy to be proven wrong. Is there a way to prepare this saline at home...? . Yes - 1 teaspoon of regular cooking salt, dissolved in a pint of cooled, booked water does the trick. A little (very little!) of this in a clean, cupped hand and then inhale sharply through the nose whilst holding the cupped hand to your nose. The solution can be refrigerated, but snorting cold saline can be a trifle shocking - let a small amount come to body temperature first.
• United States
20 Feb 17
I have heard that many folks become addicted to nasal spray. Not being able to breathe through the nose does make a sufferer want relief as soon as possible. I always use nasal spray when a bad cold stuffs up my nose, but thankfully, I have never become addicted to nasal spray. Glad you sought help to beat your addiction.
21 Feb 17
I am glad that you are okay now. I seldom drinks medicines for cold and coughs I just drink a lot of water and keep eating fruits like banana. I don't want to become dependent on medicines instead I want to live healthy by eating fruits everyday. Anyway food is treated as medicines also...
21 Feb 17
First of all, I would like to Thank you for sharing this experience and for the medicine details. It is a great useful information. I too had experienced something similar. From past few years I have got some strange black spots over my body. It itches sometimes. I have met many doctors and many dermatologists. All they say is " I have never seen something like this before, maybe you have caught some allergy or infection and you must have exposed it to sun so only those parts are burnt" and other stuffs. They do experiments on me. Now, I don't go to any doc. I'm fine with myself otherwise it's just waste of money.
23 Feb 17
That's a bit scary. We use a Neti Pot when needed, its easy and it works...