If you cannot use Afrin what about one of the nasal sprays that are prescription like <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>flonase</span>
or <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>nasacort</span>
. I know they are steroids but for use when ill may work .. they do help my daughters with severe allergies. There is an otc called NasalCrom I believe that is non-steroidal.
I thought it was "just me" and the cold meds, etc. Whew, sorry to hear your posting.