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    Wannabebig New Member HahnB's Avatar
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    2 different Allergy Doctors

    Ok here's my dilemma. I went to my first allergy doctor about a year ago. He said I have allergies, based on their testing.

    I go to a second allergy doctor that's much closer so I don't have to drive so far to start getting my allergy shots. I have my records faxed there, and he told me the testing was really bad, and they didn't test me for even a 1/4th of the things they would test me there for. I get 2nd testing done-he says I'm allergic to NOTHING. The 2nd doctor is in a much bigger city, and he's a really good doctor that came recommended. He told me I have a deviated septum, which I do-and that's probably the cause. He gave me a doc's number that did his sons deviated septum.

    The problem I have is this: There's this nasal spray that I use called Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief. This **** is ****ing incredible. It's the ONLY thing that I can use that makes me breathe out of my nose normally. I mean the difference is unbelievable, night and day. It lasts for about 12 hours or so.

    My question is this: If I don't have allergies, why would this nasal spray help so much? It says on the bottle "relieves nasal congestion due to cold, sinustis, hay fever, upper respiratory allergies, helps clear nasal passages, relieves sinus pressure". If my breathing problems were caused my a deviated septum, why would this nasal spray help so much? Any ideas?
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    That's simple, chief. Zicam nasal spray/decongestant isn't an antihistamine. It's a decongestant... Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride to be specific. This stuff is a long acting vaso-constrictor that acts directly to reduce the swelling of your nasal membranes. In other words, it brings the swelling in your nose down and lets you breath. It's like taking aspirin to decrease the swelling from a twisted ankle. Does the aspirin fix the sprain or possibly torn ligaments? No, but it sure makes you feel better!
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    I thougth allergies caused the swelling? I'm just wondering if the deviated septum surgery is going to solve my problem.
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    honestly, without having more info, or better yet, being an MD (lol) I wouldn't know exactly. It's my understanding that it's not so much that allergies are causing the swelling...it's that your nasal passage is constricted because of the deviated septum so any kind of swelling, however minimal, regardless of cause, is a big deal.
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    That makes sense- the only thing that leads me to believe it's allergies is the bloody content of the snot and the fact that I seem to have a lot of it. I'll see the what surgeon has to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HahnB View Post
    That makes sense- the only thing that leads me to believe it's allergies is the bloody content of the snot and the fact that I seem to have a lot of it. I'll see the what surgeon has to say.
    I have never had blood in my snot from allergies. Perhaps you need to go see that doctor and let him know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ectx View Post
    honestly, without having more info, or better yet, being an MD (lol) I wouldn't know exactly. It's my understanding that it's not so much that allergies are causing the swelling...it's that your nasal passage is constricted because of the deviated septum so any kind of swelling, however minimal, regardless of cause, is a big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidelmo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidelmo View Post
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