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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmas View Post
    When you’ve discussed using oxymetazoline nightly, you also mentioned that you rinse your nose out each morning as well. Can you please describe the process, solution, equipment, etc. for rinsing? I’m having great results with Afrin over the past few months - thanks for the tip.
    Be careful with oxymetazoline. If used for more than a few days, it'll inflame the turbinates in your nose and cause severe rebound nasal congestion. I live near the Seattle area and I hear it's a huge nightmare for ENT doctors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brinethery View Post
    Be careful with oxymetazoline. If used for more than a few days, it'll inflame the turbinates in your nose and cause severe rebound nasal congestion. I live near the Seattle area and I hear it's a huge nightmare for ENT doctors.
    Interesting. I have been using oxymetazoline every night for about 35 years, and I've had no problems. Maybe because I irrigate my nose every morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Interesting. I have been using oxymetazoline every night for about 35 years, and I've had no problems. Maybe because I irrigate my nose every morning?
    On the other hand, I've been using it every night for some time, but I do not irrigate on a daily basis. I've not had any rebound issues, which I attribute to having learned not to use it more than once a day. If I use it again in the morning, then I do see something of the rebound/"addiction" effect, though through sheer force of will, I've avoided robbing any liquor stores over it. Just to be safe (and because I like my local liquor store folks), I avoid it by only using once at night before bed.

    From time to time, when something gets me plugged up in the daytime (pollen, for example, or seasonal weather change), I use other things - mostly the generic version of the Vicks menthol stick, and a propylhexedrine (Benzedrex) stick if needed. The latter works remarkably well for about three hours at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Interesting. I have been using oxymetazoline every night for about 35 years, and I've had no problems. Maybe because I irrigate my nose every morning?
    TL;DR: How to get unaddicted: Only spray one nostril a few times. You'll breathe out of one nostril for a few nights and the unsprayed one will heal and open up. After that, you might be able to discontinue using the spray because then the second nostril will heal.

    Not to put too much of my business out into the world, but I was on a medication that causes partial nasal congestion. I didn't make the connection, started using nasal spray. I would spray every night. And then I would wake up in the middle of the night and have to spray again. And then I was carrying it around in my purse and had to use it twice during the day. When I had my next doctor's appointment, I asked him for something stronger than oxymetazoline and he went: Oh shit! The ENT's won't stop talking about this, it's become a major problem in their field. He explained the rebound effect. Before that appointment, I'd seen a sleep doctor and wasted a bunch of money on a sleep study. He mentioned the turbinates, and that an ENT can somehow shrink them down.

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but what I mentioned in the TL;DR is how I got off the spray... even while I was still on the medication that caused the congestion. And then I got off of that med. I've gone from having 4 spray bottles of Afrin at home and one in my purse, to just one in the house. And if I were to ever need it again, I would only spray one nostril. I didn't hear about this strategy from my doctor, but rather some random person on youtube. And it worked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brinethery View Post
    TL;DR: How to get unaddicted: Only spray one nostril a few times. You'll breathe out of one nostril for a few nights and the unsprayed one will heal and open up. After that, you might be able to discontinue using the spray because then the second nostril will heal.

    Not to put too much of my business out into the world, but I was on a medication that causes partial nasal congestion. I didn't make the connection, started using nasal spray. I would spray every night. And then I would wake up in the middle of the night and have to spray again. And then I was carrying it around in my purse and had to use it twice during the day. When I had my next doctor's appointment, I asked him for something stronger than oxymetazoline and he went: Oh shit! The ENT's won't stop talking about this, it's become a major problem in their field. He explained the rebound effect. Before that appointment, I'd seen a sleep doctor and wasted a bunch of money on a sleep study. He mentioned the turbinates, and that an ENT can somehow shrink them down.

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but what I mentioned in the TL;DR is how I got off the spray... even while I was still on the medication that caused the congestion. And then I got off of that med. I've gone from having 4 spray bottles of Afrin at home and one in my purse, to just one in the house. And if I were to ever need it again, I would only spray one nostril. I didn't hear about this strategy from my doctor, but rather some random person on youtube. And it worked!
    Yep. I had debilitating sinus issues for 35 years. I quit all prescription medications and moved away from the city and I haven't had any issues for 7 years now. I made a lot of other changes, including eating locally grown food and avoiding wheat, bread, sugars, the machine oil marketed as healthy seed oil, processed foods, and the rest of the FDA food pyramid poison.

    I used to get allergies, sinus infections, ear infections with bleeding, couldn't breathe at night, etc.

    Now, waking up in the morning breathing clear after sleeping well has been something I appreciate every day and I never forget how it got so bad in the first place.

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    Who does Rip find funny? I don’t mean “look-at-that-dumbass” funny, I mean genuinely funny and witty. Could be a professional comedian, could be someone he knows in everyday life.

    I ask because Rip is pretty damn funny. I remember him telling a guy that baby mammals need milk and “you, sir, are a baby mammal”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Copersino View Post
    Who does Rip find funny? I don’t mean “look-at-that-dumbass” funny, I mean genuinely funny and witty. Could be a professional comedian, could be someone he knows in everyday life.

    I ask because Rip is pretty damn funny. I remember him telling a guy that baby mammals need milk and “you, sir, are a baby mammal”.
    Me.

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