Help Me to Breathe
June 24, 2012 4:02 PM Subscribe
Does anyone know of any way to cure yourself of an Afrin (oxymetazoline HCl) and / or Dristan (phenylephrine HCl) addiction?
My real problem is that I'm incredibly, amazingly addicted to BREATHING. I'm seriously an oxygen junkie. So what happens is that my nose starts to get stuffed for one reason or another -- our two cats, our dog, our toddler bringing home germs, flowers, pollen, whatever -- and if it gets too bad, I realize I can't take it and need to do something.
The quickest answer is always to use a nasal spray. (Note that I listed Afrin and Dristan, but in reality I get the generic versions from Walgreens or CVS or the grocery store for 1/5th the price.)
The problem with the nasal sprays, of course, is that they last pretty much exactly as long as they say on the label. So 12 hours after a squirt, my nose puffs and swells (internally) and I cannot breathe at all. Breathing is way, way up there on my list of daily activities, and I can't go for more than a few seconds without doing it. (Breathing through only my mouth makes me miserable.)
I'm really looking for ANY cure. Are there old wives' tale remedies like squirt some lemon in your nose and sacrifice a chicken in the backyard? Do I need to buy one of those clunky Darth Vader masks to sleep? Can I call my doctor and tell him I need the antidote? I am desperate and my Google Fu has found nothing.
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