I have had an upper respiratory infection for about a month now. It seems to be just hanging on and on. In itself this is not a problem, but I am on oxygen 24/7 for some other medical problems that I have. I am also having a lot of sinus problems with this, and last week I started using a nasal spray to help me to keep my sinuses open. Suddenly, a few days ago, my nose started plugging up more often, causing me to use the spray more often. Since getting up this morning I found I had to use it every couple of hours to keep my nose clear enough to use my oxygen. It's worsened as the day progressed and then by 4:00 this afternoon I was down to about an hour. Since around 7:00 tonight I'm plugging up completely every 5-7 minutes, and this is now a real problem. When my nose plugs completely like it is, I don't get the air I need, and of course with my nose completely plugged, I can't get enough air in. I tried putting my tubing in my mouth, but that is not really working very well, and I find myself getting a little lightheaded. Does anyone know what I should do, other than going to the emergency room to tell them my nose is stuffed up? I knew that nasal spray can cause problems like this but was not aware it could happen this quickly or this seriously. I knew one person that did this, but they did not have the quickly worsening problem like I have. Thay said that they never had to use it every few minutes, and to quit just basically stopped using it, and within a few days, was better. I don't have that luxury. I don't use it, I can't breathe. I know I really screwed up, and now I really need help/answers. Does anyone know what I should do?
Hi, I need help as quickly as possible?
Added 22 Jul 2010:
Hi everyone, I made it through the night using the nasal spray every 5-10 minutes and having to spray each nostril several times before it works. I know I am not supposed to use it like that, but breathing is a necessity, and without that, I can't breathe very well, and my oxygen doesn't work because I can't get any air in through my nose. And I don't know what else to do. I couldn't find any eucalyptus oil, but just before I signed on here, I found some menthol drops. I put a few drops on a tissue (per instructions) and touched it to my upper lip, which upon breathing in, immediately unstuffed my nose!! At the same time, my upper lip started burning, and began to swell more and more, making me look a bit like a monkey! I had to wash it off right away, because my lip kept burning worse and swelling more. I did dilute it a little and tried again, and this time it didn't unstuff my nose and just swelled me up again. Obviously that particular remedy doesn't like me very much! I have had a few responses, and I am so appreciative that you cared enough about me to respond, but I am still in need of guidance; someone who can tell me what I can do to clear my nose without or in combination with the nasal spray. I need to back off of the spray, I know, but saline spray stuffs me up instantly; I've tried nasal decongestants, cold and flu pills, nyquil, Dayquil, benadryl, and vicks' and nothing works. I need to breathe. I know that the more I use the nasal spray, the worse it is going to get, but I can't get enough air in through my mouth and none through my nose, which leaves me a little short. My doctor is out of town and left no one on call, and I won't go out to the hospital. I'm not being stubborn, but our emergency room isn't the swiftest in the world, and they heavily frown on addicted people (and don't treat them very well) and I know they would consider me
an addict, even though it is just nasal spray. You gotta use it, you're addicted, is their motto. Ok, now I'm rambling and I need to get this out so that I can find someone who might be able to tell me what to do. Thank you so much for the help so far. I am willing to try just about anything.........God bless................beanmarie
Hi, don't know if this can help you, i hope so:
look up other sites on neti pots, as well. they should sell them @ drugstores- maybe some 24 hour ones for you. Take care...
can you get a gp to visit? also do you have ucalyptus oil, if so and its 100% ton be safe dilute it just alittle and wipe it around your nose it opens up the air ways and congestion aswell as an antiimflamitory afect, but if your getting to the point were your light headed i would go to hosoital as you could pass out, and what will you do when its time to sleep, what i suggested will be good after you get this fixed by a doctor, sometimes when the crisis hits and especially when your struggling to breath you can get high anxiety about going to hospital or ringing a doctor but make the call andf ask, see what they say were behind you :), you havent screwed up people do this all the time in so many different ways , its ok you can do it my friend
One suggestion is to lay a wet cold wash cloth over your face, and if you can be off oxygen for a few Min. boiling water and Vick Rub together and breath vapors.
You are right about using to much of the nasal spray, it can inflame your sinuses and cause permanently damage.
You really need to contact Doctor if it does not calm down
God Bless ya Hon and be safe
I have a friend who had not as serious a problem as you (every few minutes) the more she used the more she needed and they got to where they did not work I think the honest answer to give you would be you need to talk with the doctor, your oxygen level comes into play various complications and I feel if I tell you otherwise I might not be helping but hurting and I want you to be the best you can
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