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Old 09-15-2010, 10:08 PM   #1
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Cant breathe at night...help!

At night my nose gets clogged bad. It doesn't feel stuffy like a cold, i can't describe it exactly but its just hard to breathe so I have to breathe through my mouth. This only happens at night. I was using afrin for about 10 days until a few days ago when I stopped because I heard about its addictive qualities. This happen to anyone else?
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:45 AM   #2
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Re: Cant breathe at night...help!

You might have some type of blockage in your nose either from a deviated septum or something similar and that could be causing trouble when you are lying down. You are right that you shouldn't use Afrin for more than a few days. It can become addictive and cause you to have even more stuffiness when you stop using it. Try sleeping with your head somewhat elevated. That may help. You might also try the Breathe Right Strips - they help hold your nostrils more open so that you can breathe more freely. If you continue to have the problem, you should probably see an ENT or allergy specialist to get to the root of the problem.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:15 AM   #3
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Re: Cant breathe at night...help!

You could also try a benedryl at bedtime as well in case it's dust mite allergy related.

 
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