Friday, February 28, 2014

An -itis I have known

Speaking of -itises: have you heard of rhinitis medicamentosa? I contended with that -itis this week, after using Afrin for several days. So I tried taking two Benadryl and two Sudafed before going to sleep, and I woke up feeling fine. And now I know that nasal sprays can be dangerous toys, especially when used correctly. No more nasal sprays, ever.

I am not a medical doctor, nor do I play one on the Internets. This post is a matter of anecdote not advice, with a fleeting reference to Joan Crawford.

comments: 2

Slywy said...

I've seen warnings about this and asked a medically inclined friend, who said he'd suffered from it. I haven't — I'm not sure why, but to be safe I stick to saline sprays, which I like better anyway.

Michael Leddy said...

Much safer. The thing is: nasal sprays offer instant relief. But it’s better to use saline, which might avert the kind of woe that calls for nasal spray.