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    Stuffed Up!

    Every winter I get very congested and can't breathe through my nose, which which makes it tough to sleep. Salene nasal spray usually works, but not this time. I also sleep with a window opened.

    I never take over-the-counter meds, but I need to breathe again. What do you suggest I try?

    Thanks [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    #2
    I sympathsize with you, I had the same problem a while back and resorted to taking an OTC (Nyquil) but check with the pharmacist if your on other meds. I know decongestents slightly interfere with Ditropan but I decided to risk it so I could sleep...good luck!
    Do you mean you are stuffed up all winter? or just when you get a cold? Cause if your stuffed up all winter you might want to see a doc.

    "Each moment in time we have it all, even when we think we don't."
    --Melody Beattie, writer and counselor
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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      #3
      There's more dust in the winter.

      You might want to seriously consider an air filtration system of some kind and definitely a hypo-allergenic pillow. Nasalcrom is OTC and has no known interactions with any other med. I use prescription cortisone based nasal sprays. I almost can't believe how well they work, either Rhinocort or Beconase/Vancenase.

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        #4
        Originally posted by JLB:

        Every winter I get very congested and can't breathe through my nose, which which makes it tough to sleep.
        I use to have this same problem. I solved it by starting a habit of dusting the wood floors daily.

        Before I became a clean fanatic, I found that a simple little room ionizer would solve all of my dust related congestion problems. Turn it on at night and wake up with a clear head.

        Noel

        [This message was edited by Noel on Feb 17, 2002 at 06:02 PM.]

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          #5
          Suggestions

          If you are truely stuffed all winter, here are some things to consider:

          -ask your physician to refer you to an allergist for an evaluation. This is not normal.

          -consider use of an air filter

          -dust mites are a common cause of allergies. Clean extensively and consider getting rid of carpet (a great place for them to live). Be sure any heater filters have been recently changed as well.

          -use a humidifyer in your home, esp. if you have central heat. Be sure it is cleaned as specified to avoid mold growth, which can only make this worse.

          -use saline nose drops or spray.

          -if you cannot blow your nose (most people with tetraplegia cannot) have someone help you with an infant nasal bulb syringe.

          -avoid the use of antihistamines or decongestants without clearing with your SCI physician. They can adversely affect your bladder management and some can predispose you to AD.

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            #6
            sudafed

            Don't take sudafed or any of those decongestents. I couldn't take a leak once after doing that. Including, but not limited to; Cenafed
            Chlor-Trimeton Non-Drowsy Decongestant 4 Hour
            Decofed
            Dimetapp Decongestant
            Dimetapp Decongestant Pediatric Drops
            Drixoral Nasal Decongestant
            Efidac/24
            Genaphed
            Myfedrine
            PediaCare Infants' Oral Decongestant Drops
            Pseudo 60's
            Sudafed
            Sudafed Children's Nasal Decongestant Liquid Medication
            Sudafed 12 Hour
            Triaminic AM Decongestant Formula
            Triaminic Infant Oral Decongestant Drops

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              #7
              The Queen of bronchitis here. I have an air cleaner (and now an air cleaning furnace) but I also take a half dose of Robitussin most nights during the heating season. I cleared this with my SCI doc. Oh yea, also have a HEPA vacuumn cleaner now too.
              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                #8
                Thanks for the info everyone.

                I used NyQuil last night, and it worked really well.

                [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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                  #9
                  Dimetapp made my blood pressure go way up.
                  Alan

                  Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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