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Proven Natural Alternatives To Decongestant Nasal Sprays Such As Vicks Sinex, Afrin And Dristan

Proven Natural Alternatives To Decongestant Nasal Sprays Such As Vicks Sinex, Afrin And Dristan

Helen Miller has written numerous enlightening articles on sinus related issues that have assisted many people with their sinus conditions . She can be contacted through Sinusoothe’s website at and is always happy to provide advice on decongestant nasal sprays, natural nasal sprays and other sinus treatments.

These natural treatments are great alternatives to decongestant nasal sprays such as Vicks Sinex, Afrin, Dristan and Sudafed.

OTC decongestant nasal sprays work by shrinking the blood vessels in the nasal passages. Therefore they can relieve inflammation and associated symptoms such as nasal congestion, headaches, sinus pain etc.

Unfortunately they have the following disadvantages:- They can only be used short term therefore they are not suitable for chronic conditions, they can cause side effects such as nausea and headaches, they do not treat any underlying bacterial or fungal infection. Also, continuous use for more than the recommended period can result in a condition called ‘Rhinitis Medicamentosa’ more commonly known as nasal spray addiction. This means that there is a dependency on the nasal spray due to rebound congestion (when you stop using the nasal spray your congestion is worse than before). The delicate linings of the nasal membrane can be permanently damaged,

The following natural treatments have helped many people with nasal conditions and do not cause the side effects associated with decongestant nasal sprays.

Natural nasal sprays – Extremely effective natural nasal sprays that are doctor recommended such as SinuSoothe, Sinus Buster and Sinol can be used instead of over the counter nasal sprays. Sinus Buster and Sinol contain the active ingredient capsaicin whereas SinuSoothe contains a more complex blend of cinnamon, cumin, manuka, ginger, frankincense, tea tree and turmeric. They treat sinusitis, hay fever, cold, allergies, rhinitis and are completely safe and non-addictive. They can also be used by nasal spray addicts to replace the offending over the counter nasal spray.

Natural anti-histamines – Butterbur has been clinically proven to be just as effective as over the counter anti-histamines but without causing their undesirable side effects. Others are available such as stinging nettle and quercetin. Please take professional advice before taking herbs.

Natural anti-inflammatories – Natural anti-inflammatories can reduce the symptoms of sinus conditions by reducing swollen nasal passages. Omega 3, 6 & 9 oils, ginger, turmeric and vitamin C are all great alternatives to Ibuprofen etc. and can usually be used long term without their side effects. Please take professional advice before taking these.

Boosting immune system – By boosting your immune system you will be able to deal with infections and allergies better. Great supplements you can take are vitamin B complex, vitamin C, multi-vitamin, garlic, zinc etc. These should supplement a balanced, healthy diet and should make you feel better all round.

It is always advisable to speak with a doctor before using new treatments.

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