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.)