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copd and sinusitis

Hi i keep geting a blocked nose making it hard for me to breath though my nose and have had this for some years thinking it was normal and i would try make myself sneeze so to be able to blow my nose to clear it so i could breath better.

It was only looking on this site when i was diagnosed with copd that many people have this same problem but there is a spray you can buy from the chemist that helps unblock your nose.

And so i brought otrivine sinusitis spray and could not beleive how much better i could breath though my nose again.

What i wanted to ask was do you think you get sinusitis because you have copd do you think they go together, because there seems to be a lot of people on this site with copd that have this problem has i had never heard of sinusitis and it was only reading from the helpful careing people on this site that i found out about it.

I also wonder if you can have some sort of operation for this has i seem to be useing this spray most days now


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Morning Music,

Why don't you give us a call on the Helpline, we can arrange for you to have a chat with one of our nurses.

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Hi music, I for one do believe they do go hand in hand. Only my opinion from experience and what I've read.

It's similar with gastric reflux, the spores from the stomach overflow AND the spores from the sinuses can escape to the airways causing trouble.

I've had sinus probs for years. Certain foods exacerbate it, a bit like allergies. I've had a steroid nasal spray for years to help with the blocked-ness. Nasonex from gp.

Thanks for that tip on Otrovine though, I will try it in difficult times (like now).



Not sure you can use otrovine indefinitely. Will check this out. Nasal congestion driving me mad only diagnosed with copd last year but haven't smoked in years - 14 years at time of diagnosis 15 now. Will take tips from anyone! Phil

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thats right you cant use it all the time, no more then 7 days at once with out a break for a few days but the most i sometimes use it would be for a few days and then it seems to go for a while.

good luck



Eeek, I'd better check out my steroid nasal spray. Been using it for I I years!

Oh, this post is two years old! Still relate get though imo 😳


the one i use says not to use it for more then 7 days on the trot

not sure why that is


Hi just try it has that was the only one that worked for me and WOW i mean worked, it so so nice to be able to breath good though my nose again.

when i use it has and when that maybe for 1..2 or 3 days but then it goes for maybe a week sometimes a month can buy it in tsscos

and it starts working after a few mins



Hi music, I was having problems breathing through my nose on nightime and was using a nasal spray which worked but my Dr said not to use it for longer than 3 days. I did a bit of research and found something called a neti pot which I got online from bodhi. I found it really helped, a bit strange but when your desperate.... apparently used a lot for yoga practice for those that use a nasal breathing technique. I would recommend it. Good luck:) Magi


Thanks for this info MagI

love the name



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