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    Old 08-12-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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    is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    I know saline nasalsprays are supopse to help with dry, irritated noses, but using it too much i assume just perpetuates the problem (since too much use of water + salt should dry you out, like taking too many showers in a day)? Am i correct in thinknig so? I am currently using flonase (1 spray in each nostirl once a day) and astelin (2 sprays in each nostril once a day), which is drying me up a bit. I decided to use Ayr salnie nose spray and i noticed after a few weeks my nose is so dry that its making me even more miserable. Bear in mind i just started taking Flonase and Astelin about 4 weeks ago. Could it be the saline nasal spray or is it really just the combo of Flonase and astelin taking its toll on my nose after the 4 weeks of use (before i was just taking nasonex one spray in each nostril once a day). Or it coudl just be all 3? Right now i stopped taking Astelin and Flonase all together in hopes of my nose becoming far less dry in a few days hopfully? I'm not referring to the nasal rinse products where you use to push water through the other nostril, just the little saline nasal rinse that you can carry in your pocket.

    btw: am i using it correctly? Am i suppose to just leave it in my nose, or am i suppose to blow it out like the nasal rinse products that pushes a lot of water into your nostril and out the other?

     
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    Old 08-12-2006, 05:59 PM   #2
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    Your supposed to blow it out after a minute or two. The purpose of saline is to clean out your sinuses so if you don't blow, it can't do that. The others you are not supposed to blow after using. They are medications that need to stay in. I use Ayr and have never noticed it drying me out. I don't use the other two products. I generally just take Zyrtec when I need an antihistamine and it does tend to dry me out.

     
    Old 08-12-2006, 06:07 PM   #3
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    Wait, which one are you referring to that is suppose to blow out? I assume we're talking about hte sinus rinse which goes into one nostril and comes out the other? But the ayr nasal mist (those little things you can carry in your pocket) you don't blow out correct? I assume all those small saline nasal mist you actually don't blow out since they don't reallyhave the same impact like those sinus rinse that comes in a bottle/packet of solution and which actually tells you to blow out

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    Old 08-12-2006, 08:00 PM   #4
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    You're supposed to blow the Ayr - or any saline spray - out. The others - the medications - no.

     
    Old 08-12-2006, 08:00 PM   #5
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    You're supposed to blow the Ayr - or any saline spray - out. The others - the medications - no.

     
    Old 08-12-2006, 08:59 PM   #6
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    any sinus rinse you're suppose to blow out, however i thought you're suppose to leave in the ayr? And medication nasal sprays well safe to say we don't blow those out

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    Old 08-12-2006, 11:09 PM   #7
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    I too use Flonase, Astelin (2x/day) and a nasal spray. I like the Ayr, but lately I have been using Xlear. So far, I think I like it even better. I also use an ultrasonic humidifier. Even with all that, I always have a dry nose because I live in a very dry climate.

    The Flonase and Astelin help me breathe better. I have learned to live with the dry nose because I figure it is better to be able to breathe.

    The directions for Ayr do not call for blowing your nose after. I never have-except when it drips.

     
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    My doctor told me to use saline spray to clear out my congestion instead of products like Afrin, etc. So, how could you do that without blowing? It wasn't recommended as a medication. If you want something for dry nose, you should just use sterile water. Forget the saline.

     
    Old 08-13-2006, 08:23 AM   #9
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    the ayr salin nasal mist product doesn't mention anything about blowing your nose after you spray it into your nostril so i figure it isn't necessary to blow it out after you spray it in your nose (not talking about before you spray it in your nose, of course you would blow your nose before using any nasal product). Nobody with allergies/vasomotor rhinitis should use Afrin because it can cause an addiction if you use it more than 3 days, it is more of a temporary relief for colds, etc.


    Mountainreader: the dry nose is really new to me, well this sever dry nose right now. But is it safe to say that the Ayr saline nasal mist is also making my nose more dry because i'm always using it, or is it just the flonase/astelin + weather that is makign my nose dry (i assume taking flonase/astelin for 4 weeks is starting to take its toll on my nose, making it dry)? How many sprays of astelin are you using, 2 sprays in each nostril once or twice a day? And how many sprays with flonase, once a day in each nostril i presume? My regimen was 2 sprays in each nostril once a day with astelin and one spray in each nostril once a day. I would use flonase first and then wait 5 minutes and use astelin.

     
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    I'm aware of the problems with Afrin. I'm 60 years old and have had allergies all my life...just finshed 5 years of immunotherapy for the the third time in my life. I was just telling you what my physician suggested to me for congestion..especially first thing in the morning. FYI, the label says "Useful as a nasal wash"...which, of course, you would have to blow to use as a "wash."

    Now, that being said, are you talking any oral antihistamines? Or are you just using the sprays for your allergies? And what is the purpose for the Ayr as it is not an antihistamine?

     
    Old 08-13-2006, 10:49 AM   #11
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    I'm currently taking flonase and astelin. I am using it for about 4 weeks now is the reason why my nose is really dry. The ayr saline nasal mist is used so it can help my dry nose

     
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    eatnow,

    It took me years to find the combinations that worked for me. Don't give in too quickly.

    With Flonase, I use two sprays in each nostril once a day--in the morning.

    With Astelin, I use two sprays in each nostril two times a day.

    I use the Xlear two or three times a day. (Used to use Ayr.)

    Are you in a humid climate? If not, a humidifier might also help. It is a catch 22 for me because I am allergic to the molds, but there are times I REALLY need the humidifier because the humidity where I live is extremely low. I am just careful to wash it often and change the filters regularly.

    I take Allegra and Singulair for allergies. I also use dry eye drops and Restasis for Chronic Dry Eye. With the dry air and high altitude, there are a lot of people in my area with Chronic Dry Eye as well as dry nasal passages.

    If you have questions about the meds before your next doctor's appointment, try talking to your Pharmacist. Mine is particularly helpful in answering questions about any side effects for over the counter items as well as prescriptions.

     
    Old 08-13-2006, 05:30 PM   #13
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    I live in the bay area, northern california (ranges from hot, nice to cold weather) . I believe i exhausetd my options of nasal sprays, from flonase, nasonex, astelin, etc. It is just the heat that really bugs me when i have vasomotor rhintis and i'm just hoping it'll get better in time as it usually does. I get good years and bad years for congestion. I also forgot what a humidifier and dehumidifer differences are. A dehumidifier (for warm summer periods) decreases the humidity correct and a humidifier increases it right (for winter/cold months)? Isn't a dry nose usually caused by really humid and non humid weather, basically really hot/cold weather? So a nice weather woudl be ideal?

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    Old 08-14-2006, 02:13 PM   #14
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    Re: is the saline nose spray i'm using making my nose even more dry?

    I use both Astelin and Flonase. Astelin is an antihistimine, and therefore can be extremely drying. I've never noticed any drying effects with Flonase. You might try just one squirt of the Astelin and see if it is less drying, but still beneficial.

    Saline is moisturizing. You can use it either way, as a way to clean out the sinuses, in which case you can blow afterwards. Or you can use it to moisturize, in which case you can leave it in.

     
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