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Allergies board

About 8 years ago I saw an ENT because my nose was completely impacted. He said it was from the decongestant I was taking (Allegra-D) and took me off that medicine and gave me a nose spray to use. I dont remember the name of the nose spray.

I have since moved to a different state and this year my allergies were bad in the spring time. I started taking either Benadryl or Zyrtec off and on. The past month I have been taking one Zyrtec every morning. The past few day now though my sinus and nose are completely impacted again. No other allergy signs. Its so bad that when I try to talk, I am blowing bubbles out of my nose.

Is this congestion caused by taking "too much" or "prolonged" decongestants? What do I do now???
If you are only taking plain benadryl or plain zyrtec, there is no decongestant to unplug you. They will only dry you up. Some people get rebound congestion.. some doctors do not believe in giving/recommending decongestants for more than 2-3 days at a time. My new doc is one of them. Hate it! I've been getting by with taking a mucionex D or sudafed 12hr in the morning.

Have you ever irrigated your sinuses? I find it helps out a lot! i use a neti pot with sinucleanse packets and glycerin. I use it twice a day. GCSmith uses the sinucleanse squeeze bottle. I haven't gotten up the nerve to try the more force yet. I will though if this ever stops working for me.
when i have a rhinitis attack i will take a decongestant during teh day hoping to get it to drain more and then my zyrtec and usually a benadryl or two so i don't wake up choking on the drainage