It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Allergies Message Board

  • I Cant' Breathe....:(

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 09-29-2009, 04:05 AM   #1
    DoeZ0763
    Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Apr 2003
    Location: Corfu, N.Y. USA
    Posts: 401
    DoeZ0763 HB User
    Unhappy I Cant' Breathe....:(

    Ok...I've suffered from severe allergies 24/7 all year round for more than 25 yrs. Just when I thought things were looking up...I didn't have to get my shots anymore...I weened myself off of my nose sprays and allergy pills and now I'm back to where I can't breathe. My nose is so stuffed up its unreal. I can't take the allegra-d anymore cuz it gives me migraines...and allegra does nothing...does anyone have any suggestions? I can't get in to see my Dr. until Dec. I was thinking of the OTC Claritan? Never tried it but I'm getting desperate. I've been spraying my nose with AFRIN every day for weeks now and I know I'm abusing it...but I can't breathe. Help.....

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 09-29-2009, 05:39 AM   #2
    Titchou
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Apr 2005
    Location: Birmingham, AL
    Posts: 19,787
    Titchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    STOP the Afrin. It is giving you a rebound effect. It is actually causing the congestion!
    Try a saline spray - I use Ayr. A neti pot or some sort of full irrigation will help too. Also, give zyrtec a try - it's OTC now. But drop the Afrin. There was a spray that was invented to get peoole off Afrin - maybe Nasalcrom? You could ask the pharmacist but my sister used it years ago to break the Afrin addiction....worked well for her.

     
    Old 09-29-2009, 08:59 AM   #3
    DoeZ0763
    Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Apr 2003
    Location: Corfu, N.Y. USA
    Posts: 401
    DoeZ0763 HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    Thanks...I've been on this AFRIN for some time...and when I say some time I'm talking more than 1 month...lots more...I have some prescribed nose sprays but I look for the quick fix and thats when I get hooked. Just put a call into the Dr. for a new script called XYZAL...never tried this before but reading up on it you take it at night when allergies start up and its basically I believe for the nose but is oral. At this point I'd try anything.

    I've never tried Zyrtec or Claratin...which is better? I also put an old air purifier and I put some vapo like crystals in another ait purifier...and I did just sleep for almost 4 hours...

    Thanks for your help...I really appreciate it.

     
    Old 09-30-2009, 05:31 AM   #4
    Titchou
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Apr 2005
    Location: Birmingham, AL
    Posts: 19,787
    Titchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    I use zyrtec. Claritin never worked for me but everyone is different. And my sister was on Afrin for years - not months. Saline rinses and sprays will do just as much good and more than the Afrin. You need to get off it....

     
    Old 10-01-2009, 02:56 AM   #5
    gcsjr
    Senior Veteran
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2007
    Location: Cleveland
    Posts: 1,236
    gcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB Usergcsjr HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    Titchou is exactly right about the Afrin. If you've been using it for weeks it is likely that the Afrin is causing your congestion, not the allergies.

    For the allergies, the best course of treatment is probably Zyrtec every day (it does seem to be stronger than Claritin but makes some people a bit drowsy), a daily nasal steroid spray (Flonase, Rhinocort AQ) and daily use of a neti pot or SinusRinse bottle.

    Xyzal is a topical antihistamine spray that may also help but you'll have to give it some time to see how it compares to an oral antihistamine. You may be better off using a steroid spray that will help reduce the inflammation.

    At this point, until you get off of the Afrin, there's no way to tell how much of your issue is rebound congestion from the Afrin and how much is allergies so it's tough to know exactly what will work best.

     
    Old 10-01-2009, 06:40 AM   #6
    DoeZ0763
    Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Apr 2003
    Location: Corfu, N.Y. USA
    Posts: 401
    DoeZ0763 HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    Update...Since I posted my original question...the same day I got myself a cool mist humidifier(I live in an old house and never feel I can breathe right) also the vicks waterless vaporizer...zyrtec and sudafed and my prescription patanase(nose spray). I slept great the 1st night(finally) and did not use the Afrin. I'm blowing my nose and mucus is finally lettiing lose...both throat and nose. I actually have been on the Afrin for years on and off. I know I shouldn't be using it but it's a quick fix for me to breathe. I honestly think I have a deviated septom(sp?) in the right nostril only because this is the side that is always plugged no matter what. I'm taking the sudafed every 4-6 hours and zyrtec morning and night. So I'm contiplating on whether I should see a nose specialist also for this reason. I can breathe when I go downstairs (main floor) but when I go upstairs thats when I get all stuffed up. I'll stay on this routine until I can breathe totally without any of these crutches. I did use a nasal saline and I when I put it in the right nostril it drained my left no problem but when I put it in my left nostril to drain my right side it went right down my throat(and I choked) and really plugged my right ear which was in tremendous pain from this. This is why I feel I have a problem with the right nostril more so than anything. So I'm afraid of the nasal saline. The pain was alot. Just wanted to update you and see if you had any other suggestions or keep it up. Thanks for all your suggestions

     
    Old 10-01-2009, 05:53 PM   #7
    guy in AU
    Senior Member
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Sep 2009
    Location: Australia
    Posts: 162
    guy in AU HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    If you are taking Zyrtec and Sudafed, you are probably att he limit of what OTC stiff can do.

    You need to stop the Afrin, it will be hard for the first 24 hours, then get much better.

    Try buying some Sudafed 12 Hour, rather than regular Sudafed.

    Ask your doctor for a steroid nasal spray, there are a few diferent ones, and they are amazingly effective at combatting nasal congestion. They take a day or two to take effect, but after that, they can control your allergies realy well.

    Last edited by guy in AU; 10-01-2009 at 05:56 PM.

     
    Old 10-02-2009, 04:41 AM   #8
    Titchou
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Apr 2005
    Location: Birmingham, AL
    Posts: 19,787
    Titchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    You might see an ENT to determine if you do in fact have a deviated septum. It may also be your turbinates or some other structural issue. My sister had some scar tissue that was blocking one side.

    Last edited by Titchou; 10-02-2009 at 04:42 AM.

     
    Old 10-10-2009, 08:51 AM   #9
    Machaon
    Senior Veteran
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Feb 2003
    Location: Fort Laud
    Posts: 4,165
    Machaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB UserMachaon HB User
    Re: I Cant' Breathe....:(

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DoeZ0763 View Post
    ... I honestly think I have a deviated septom(sp?) in the right nostril only because this is the side that is always plugged no matter what.
    Widening the opening to your right nostril, through septum surgery, may make breathing a little better, but it won't stop or reduce the swelling in your sinus and nasal membranes. If you do decide to have surgery to the opening of your right nasal passage, make sure that you understand the benefits and the risks. Ask the ENT if he thinks that surgery will solve your problems. It might make your problems worse.

    Quote:
    I did use a nasal saline and I when I put it in the right nostril it drained my left no problem but when I put it in my left nostril to drain my right side it went right down my throat(and I choked) and really plugged my right ear which was in tremendous pain from this.
    The Eustachian Tubes, which flow into the middle ears, have their opening near the bottom, back of the throat, somewhat even with the nostrils. If a lot of liquid gets into the nasal passages, it could get into the Eustachian Tubes and cause all kinds of misery, so one should be careful to follow safe instructions when doing any kind of nasal rinse.
    __________________
    ⇒ 74, Heart Failure; Persistent AFib since 1987
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

    ⇒ My cheap asthma inhaler is Fluticasone Nasal Spray!
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

    ⇒ 900 weight lifts and 750 knee bends daily
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    I cant breathe.. i just recieved the most awful news... help me someone! temera2 TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 5 07-03-2008 12:14 AM
    I literally cant breathe:( xcriticalbenchx Asthma 4 10-24-2007 08:19 AM
    cant breathe trying to burp quoting Acid Reflux / GERD 1 07-24-2005 08:37 PM
    Cant Breathe IAM2CUTETODIE26 Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 1 06-10-2004 07:07 PM
    help me I cant breathe! sileshadow Relationship Health 7 06-30-2003 04:55 PM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:17 AM.





    2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!