You may have experienced this – the feeling that your head is in a vice. The pounding, the thumping, the running toward the medicine cabinet in seek of an aspirin or twelve. Yes, migraines are anything but minor.
Those who suffer from migraines often know the triggers. Lack of sleep, light, stress, certain odors, and – tragically – coffee may all bring about a headache. Yet, what you might not realize is that nasal sprays can be a trigger, too.
Nasal sprays are intranasal corticosteroids used to tame the nose. They’re often used in cases of rhinitis, a condition that occurs when the blood vessels inside the nose expand and the nose swells. This leads to congestion.
They quickly work to reduce symptoms but studies report that this may come at a cost. It is now believed that nasal sprays can trigger migraines in some people and, in others, make migraines worse.
That’s not the only danger of using nasal sprays. When they’re used again and again over a period of time, the rebound phenomenon sets in. This happens when the nose essentially grows immune to the drugs. As a result, the relief becomes short-lived until it disappears altogether.
The rebound phenomenon occurs because nasal sprays are filled with chemicals that treat congested blood vessels by shrinking them. This opens the passages and – ta da! – allows you to breath. But, with more use, the blood vessels stop responding and the symptoms worsen. Some people end up more congested from nasal sprays than they ever were without them.
The amount of time it takes for this rebound to set in varies from person to person. Some people must use nasal sprays regularly for a few months before they build a tolerance; others stop finding relief after a few days of straight use.
Migraines and the rebound effect can both be avoided by finding natural alternatives. One of these is nasal irrigation (or nasal rinsing). Nasal irrigation flushes out the sinuses with salt water (and not something filled with chemicals). If you are already suffering from sinus issues, it can help by flushing out the mucus and restoring the natural balance. But you can use it as a proactive measure, as well. The latter is especially important if you are prone to allergies – nasal irrigation can remove the allergens from the outer edges of the nostrils, preventing them from going deeper into the body.
Having a nose is kind of important – but having a nose that works? Well, that’s even better! Nasal sprays may be a quick fix, but they come with side effects and a shelf-life. Nasal irrigation is a natural, long-lasting solution that may help your sinuses behave once and for all.
ResQRinse is a new nasal rinsing system that uses choanal occlusion, a process that eliminates the negative side effects of other devices. ResQRinse helps ward of rhinitis by delivering the saline rinse directly through the nasal cavity. To learn more about the wonders it can do for your nose, please check out our informative videos.