Q&A: What can I do to get some sleep with congestion?

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Since March I have been congested a lot. I started nasal sprays and needed to use almost every 3 hrs. I think I'm hooked. I started going cold turkey and sat up in a recliner for 3 nights but could only get a couple hrs sleep. I tried anti histimines but can't clear up. What do I do?


Timothy Murray, M.D. -

Nasal and sinus congestion can certainly be caused be several different things including allergies and acute or chronic sinusitis.  So proper treatment always depends on proper diagnosis. To your question, nasal sprays are really only good for symptomatic treatment not necessarily getting rid of the disease. Patients often times feel the early benefits and continue to use them in hopes that they will continue to work. Unfortunately, as you are not treating the root cause with the nasal spray, they eventually don't work. These sprays can also cause worsening of symptoms and a condition known as rhinitis medicamentosa from overuse. This is also known as a rebound effect. When this happens, the unsuspecting patient will use the product even more and it becomes avicious cycle. At Solstice, we are very proactive about preventive wellness and nutrition. I would highly recommend our proprietary Modified Myers Cocktail which is IV Nutritional Therapy with Vitamins and Antioxidants. This direct infusion which only takes about 15 minutes, creates a 100% bioavailable dose of vitamins that you would otherwise only get 50-60% by taking them orally. In turn, you get an immediate boost in your immune system which creates a beneficial cascade of symptom improvement. Our IV Therapy treats a host of symptoms including allergies, the common cold, generalized inflammation, etc.  I would also recommend Omaprem, which is an omega-3 only prescribed by healthcare providers. This particular omega-3 contains 30 essential fatty acids which have proven time and again for the past 25 years to improve inflammatory conditions more effectively than the standard over the counter fish oils. Again, nailing down the proper diagnosis is critical, but the therapies mentioned that we provide at Solstice are always beneficial for any of the inflammatory or infectious conditions so it is a win win. Give these therapies a try in conjunction with stopping the nasal sprays and I am confident you will be able to reverse the symptoms you are experiencing. Thanks for the question and please let us know if we can be of any assistance!

--Timothy Murray, M.D.
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