When a stuffy nose strikes, nasal spray can be a blessing. Many believe that since you can purchase these medications without a prescription, they are safe to use and will pose no complications. But that is not the case.
When you have a stuffy or runny nose due to allergies, sinusitis or another condition, a nasal decongestant spray can help temporarily. However, using nasal sprays excessively and repeatedly over time can cause the cartilage in your nose to deteriorate, leaving you with a saddle nose deformity. If this has happened to you, expert New York City facial plastic surgeon Dr. Maurice Khosh can help.
Nasal Spray “Addiction” is Common
Overuse is quite common. Half of the 895 people who participated in a study about nasal congestion in 2014 were found to have misused their medication. As a result, one may experience swelling and persistent stuffiness, both of which may lead to excessive spray use. Unfortunately, “addiction” to nasal spray can cause permanent damage to the nasal lining.
How Nasal Spray Works
Active ingredients in nasal decongestant sprays narrow blood vessels in the nose, reducing congestion. However, most of these sprays are only meant to be used once or twice a day for three to five days.
Those who use these sprays more frequently and for extended periods may develop rhinitis medicamentosa, a physical dependence on nasal sprays (addiction). In such cases, repeated applications are required to keep up with the same results as when first using the spray. Nasal tissue damage, saddle nose and a perforated septum are all possible outcomes.
Correcting Saddle Nose Deformity Caused by Nasal Sprays in New York
Saddle nose deformity can be corrected with rhinoplasty if long-term use of nasal decongestant sprays has damaged your nasal structures. Dr. Khosh is a renowned specialist in treating saddle nose deformities, and he employs only the most cutting-edge methods for reshaping and restoring the form and function of the nose. For instance, Dr. Khosh may use cartilage grafts or other techniques to strengthen the nasal bridge.
Whichever method is required, Dr. Khosh can repair your nose using his experience and artistic abilities. As a result, all his patients regain confidence because the outcome is incredible and looks natural. Call our Manhattan office today to schedule an appointment.