Posted 1/6/2012 6:45 AM (GMT -6)
Thanks so much for replying. As you could probably tell from my post, I too suffer from Health Anxiety! Which of course means whenever there is something wrong with you (or you think there is something wrong with you), then you get obsessed and blow it out of all proportion. I do need to step away from the mirror you're right!
It sounds like your grandad had the exact same problem as me. I've looked online and it would appear that nasal spray addiction is more common than people think, and my doctor did say I wasn't the first patient who had come to him with such an addiction. Although he explained to me it's not advisable to use these spray's long term, he has said to me I can continue to use it while I wait for the steroid spray to kick in, as long as I'm gradually decreasing my use of it, and eventually stopping it. Apparently, a steroid nasal spray can take up to 4 weeks before it starts working properly.
I think to hear that other people have had the same nasal spray addiction and ended up with these same reddish lines is actually a relief to me in a weird way, because you feel like it's only you! I'd love to think once I've given up the Sudafed for good these lines will disappear or at least get better. Yesterday I managed to use the Sudafed only once (normally it's 3 or 4 times a day), so I'm off to a good start.
I'll let you know how I get on. And if I do feel I need to talk to someone at ENT then I will. One thing my doctor did say to me is once I've managed to stop using Sudafed altogether, it's amazing how quickly the nose heals and recovers. I assumed he was talking about the congestion rebound but he was also probably referring to anything - red lines included!
Thanks again for responding - you've helped put my mind at ease!