If Nasal Spray Is Your Old Faithful...
You know you're a nasal-decongestant-spray addict if your nose feels acid-burned, you can't smell, and yet you still feel stuffed up and spray all day. The alternative: a nasal steroid spray, says Neil Bhattacharyya, MD, FACS, a professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School
, who has seen exposed bone in abusers' noses. Your doctor prescribes the steroid to break the habit while tackling the underlying problem, like polyps or a deviated septum. If your habit is light, wean yourself by spraying every other
day for a week, Bhattacharyya says. (Claritin is another short-term option.)
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