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Old 02-03-2005, 12:25 PM   #7
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Re: Can decongestants dry you out and cause more harm?

Yes, vaporizors and the like tend to work better for me, too, than decongestants but you are right, whoever said that they don't dry you up like antihistamines do--those are worse...also, just beware with the salines that even though they aren't addictive, I have been told that there is a preservative in them that can irritate some ppl more...I dont know if there is scientifc truth to this, but there is chlorine--in Ocean nasal mist, and after I quit using it my nose has gotten SO much more clear!! And while I was still sick, I even tried just luke warm water with some salt--table salt--thrown in and that seemed to loosen stuff up, just like a decongestant would do w/out the unwanted side effects.
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