The side effects that may be experienced from using Conventional Nasal Sprays

Conventional nasal sprays are some of the most frequently used drugs for the treatment of common cold and sinus symptoms.  These nasal sprays are used locally by administering measured doses of medicine into the patient’s body through their nose or nasal passages (nostrils). These sprays are very effective in relieving nasal congestion and stuffiness. Different nasal sprays are also used to treat different conditions such as hayfever, sinusitis and allergies etc.

Before knowing what side effects nasal sprays can have, we must first understand how a common nasal spray works.

How it works

When a dose of medicine is sprayed into the nose, certain drugs in the spray begin to narrow the blood vessels. This constriction process helps to reduce inflammation and allows one to feel freed from stuffiness and congestion. But the draw back of these nasal sprays is that after some time the effect of the nasal spray wears down and the blood vessels expand again. Problems start from here. In order to stay sinus free one needs to use these nasal sprays again and again, with increased dosages. Repeated use of conventional nasal sprays can cause side effects.

Common side effects of using Conventional nasal sprays

The side effects of conventional nasal sprays vary from one to another depending on the drugs contained in them. Side effects range from mild to severe and it also varies from one individual to another, depending on their health condition and their usage of the nasal spray.

Here are some common side effects caused by using conventional nasal sprays:-

  • Pricking or burning sensation in the nose, which can be very painful
  • The nostrils may become extremely dry
  • An altered taste may be experienced
  • Dizziness and sleepiness are very common side effects
  • Palpitation in the arms and hands
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Prone to fungal invasion of the nose or the throat
  • Continuous coughing
  • Skin irritation may occur and it varies from mild to severe
  • Nasal blisters or ulcers also seen in some
  • Women may have very painful menstruations
  • Excessive watering of the eyes
  • Triggers some allergic reaction in the body
  • Nose bleeds

Severe side effects of conventional nasal sprays

The continuous and chronic use of conventional nasal sprays results in more severe side effects such as the examples below:

  • Increased thirstiness and urination
  • Sever skin allergy
  • Severe nasal bleeding may occur
  • Chronic Post Nasal Drip (PND) – backward flow of mucus from the sinuses to the back of the throat
  • A sensation of nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Constant painful headaches
  • Itching and swelling particularly of the face, tongue and throat
  • Continuous fits of sneezing
  • Some patients may experience a rapid and throbbing heartbeat

It is important to contact a doctor immediately if any of the above side effects are experienced when using a nasal spray.

Rebound Rhinitis/Congestion

Another common side effect of using conventional nasal sprays is a condition known as ‘rebound rhinitis or rebound congestion’. This is a condition that develops if a person is using their nasal spray for more than 3 – 5 days continuously. Besides your body becoming “addicted to” or dependent on the nasal spray, continuous use of a nasal spray can cause the mucus membranes to become excessively dry. Under normal conditions, the inside of the nose should be neither dry nor have excessive mucus. The body has a built in mechanism that combats a dry nose by telling the mucus membranes to increase its mucus production excessively. This causes a runny nose (rhinitis) or causes you to feel stuffy (congestion). The normal reaction is to use more and more of the nasal spray thereby resulting in a vicious cycle of rebound rhinitis and/or congestion.

Nasal Spray Alternatives

In order to avoid the side effects of conventional nasal sprays, there are some other alternatives that you may consider using. These alternatives are also known to treat congestion, allergies and even a blocked nose. Here are some of the options:

  • Homeopathic treatment and medicines (in tablets and nasal sprays)
  • Steam inhalation
  • Saline nasal drops
  • Certain herbal remedies
  • Essential oils like Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender
  • Nasal irrigation (netti pot)

Always use these alternative medicines exactly as prescribed. Always consult with your doctor before attempting to use any medicines, alternative or otherwise especially if you have other chronic health conditions.

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Nasal Growth for Life

Ever heard your nose grows throughout life… imagine if this statement were actually true!

nose11Our noses do not grow every year up until we gracefully expire but rather gravity takes a hold of our noses, dragging them downwards. This means that our noses do not grow but may seem larger due to gravities endless pull on them.

As we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin begins to deteriorate resulting in a loss of skin tone and strength. With a decrease in elasticity, our noses are pulled down and less able to withstand the pull of gravity.

With this said, how does gravity affect the normal flow of nasal mucus? If gravity pulls the nose downwards, this may have an effect on the ostia or exit ways for nasal mucus to drain, decreasing the diameter and size of these essential holes. Less drainage means more mucus accumulation and stagnation and the start of sinusitis.

Try Sinus-Pro’s all natural General Sinusitis Remedy for effective relief from the niggling symptoms of acute sinusitis; from a runny nose, congestion, sinus aches and pains, the Sinus-Pro General Sinusitis Remedy targets them all giving you effective and much-needed relief thereby preventing acute sinusitis from developing into a more chronic condition.

Is my condition Chronic or Acute?

Ever stood in front of a pharmacy isle thinking… Mmmmm is my condition chronic or acute? Now that’s the million dollar question! So instead I visited my GP, spent big bucks again only to end up taking a product that left me with vision-altering side effects….. wow, so back to the pharmacy isle again for a few hours contemplating on the correct severity of my condition. Perhaps if id brought my tablet along I could Google it!

Sinus Cavities

So what’s the difference in essence between acute and chronic… In a nutshell of course…

By definition, acute means the condition has been present for a short period of time and basically started rapidly; didn’t take long to occur or drag itself out from the onset. We then move onto sub-acute which is almost like the peanut butter between ones sandwich [the middle line so to say]. For me, sub-acute medication would be the next step I would take if the acute medication didn’t do the trick; and last but definitely not least is the chronic phase. A chronic condition has basically overstayed its welcome lasting for 4 weeks or more with certain days been worse than others. Some medications have the word chronic written on them whereas others stick to the term severe. Chronic medication is also often what GP or Specialist prescribed so you may find it difficult to locate these types of products on the pharmacy isle.

If all else fails and my guide to differentiating between acute, sub-acute and chronic doesn’t help, there’s always the friendly pharmacy assistants on standby to help you or like Sinus-Pro, there’s their trusty Sinus Diagnostics Tool… its almost the same as having your very own, dedicated pharmacist assistant to help you when you need… it’s just a click away…

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