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Hey Fort Collins! What’s Your Best Cure for a Stuffy Nose?

Drew Cuthbertson, TSM

I don’t have seasonal allergies; I have year-round allergies.  Even in the dead of winter, I battle itchy eyes, an itchy throat, and (worst of all) an almost permanently stuffed up nose.

I’ve tried everything: prescription drugs, over-the counter medicine, humidifiers, and even those “neti pot” things.  While I’ve managed to keep sudden allergy attacks under control, the constant, nagging symptoms remain.  More than anything else, it’s the nasal congestion that really gets to me; probably because, y’know, I can’t breathe.

A year or two ago, I thought I had finally found relief…in over-the-counter nasal spray.  It was cheap, effective, and seemed to be a magical cure; until I posted my joyful discovery to Facebook, and my best friend (who happens to be a doctor) brought me crashing back to Earth.

Turns out the active ingredient in the nasal spray was Oxymetazoline, which should not be used for more than two or three days at a time.  Otherwise, the body becomes dependent on it; and, as I found out, stopping use makes the congestion come back worse.  Much worse.  As in, “absolutely no chance of breathing through my nose for two days” worse.

Since then, it’s been back to square one; back to hardly ever sleeping through the night, going through tissues like crazy, and no consistent relief in sight.

So, much like when I was having stomach troubles, I’m turning to you!

How do you battle nasal congestion?  What works for you better than anything else?  Let me know in the comments, and THANK YOU in advance!

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