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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

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    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.

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    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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    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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    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)

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    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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    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.

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    Thanks for the info everyone.

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


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    Dimetapp made my blood pressure go way up.

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