Back in April of this year, I started having horrible allergy symptoms and had a mess of a time trying to breathe through either nostril. I have asthma too and the symptoms with my nose was making it really hard to breathe period. I got a Nettipot and tried to do a nasal rinse (the pharmacist recommended it), but couldn't because my nasal passages were too blocked, so I ended up buying some Afrin 12 hour which opened up my nose immediately. After getting my nose clear, I would use the Nettipot and do rinses, but my nose kept getting stopped up again and I would use the Afrin again. I have been using the Afrin ever since and it is now July. I was going to start weening myself off of the Afrin because I heard that it was causing my nasal congestion to come back and be worse (called Rhinitis Medicamentosa), and even ordered a kit called Rhinostat. About the time I was going to start using the kit, my nasal congestion got worse and now when my nose stops back up and after I use the Afrin to open my nasal passages back up, I have to blow my nose and a thick dark brown mucus comes out-quite alot of it- Very thick and dark! It is especially bad in the morning and have actually only been able to sleep for about 3-4 hours a night for the last week because the nasal congestion wakes me up and after I get it unstopped and blow all the dark mucus out, I am too freaked to go back to sleep. On top of having to do this, my Asthma is acting up alot and I feel that it all comes back to this nasal thing. Anyone have any idea what I need to do. Does this sound like normal Rebound Rhinitis (Rhinitis Medicamentosa) or does it sound like I have a Sinus Infection on top of the rebound rhinitis? Also, do you think it is possible that I may have Pneumonia due to all this mess because my lungs feel so heavy most of the time and I cannot take a deep breath. I have not been to the doctor in a long time and don't even have a doctor right now- I have not used anything prescription for my Asthma in a long time except for Primatene Mist Inhaler when I absolutely need something. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Your asthma is definitely WAY out of control and needs attention. You could have pneumonia, but I think it is more just a bad flare from neglect. You need some albuterol, and inhaled corticosteroid (maybe in combinations with long acting broncho dilater like Advair or Symbicort), a nasal steroid and most like some antibiotics for that sinus gunk. Sinus infections can be very serious alone, but with your asthma flare... You need help, like yesterday.
PS: I ignored my asthma for a while (didn't need anything at all for several years), and it came back with a vengence. So take care of yourself. Also, Primatene Mist is scheduled to go off the market at some point because of the CFC thing. Last I had heard, they had not been able to reformulated with a different propellent. It is really not good to use anyway because all it is is epinephrine. It doesn't do much to really open the airways like albuterol does.
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