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Nasal decongestants- why should you not use them for more than a week?

(8 Posts)
olivo Fri 02-Nov-12 19:54:14

I know they can cause rebound congestion, but do you know if there is any damage they can do? I have been heavily reliant on them on and off for years. I am worried I may have done myself some damage.

Frontpaw Fri 02-Nov-12 20:03:40

It can knacker your nose lining.

olivo Fri 02-Nov-12 20:04:42

grin. How?

Frontpaw Fri 02-Nov-12 20:08:29

I think it thins it but you need to use bucketloads of it!

olivo Fri 02-Nov-12 20:10:54

Ah, ok. I probably do use bucket loads of it sad

I have recently felt it is increasing my heat trays but not sure if I'm making that up confused

olivo Fri 02-Nov-12 20:11:16

Heat trays?confused. Heart rate, I meant!

Frontpaw Fri 02-Nov-12 20:17:13

No - I think it just makes you get more/worse runny noses (rhinitus?).

Heat trays [snigger]grin

olivo Fri 02-Nov-12 20:23:15

That makes sense, thanks. I do wean myself off it every so often but I know I overuse.

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