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I need to warn you about a product on the market and hopefully you will pass it on to as many people as possible.

I felt like I was coming down with a cold last Friday and because I'm around sick family members so much I wanted possibly head it off. I used Zicam, which is a gel nose spray which claims to keep a cold from becoming "full blown."

Immediately I had an intense, horrible burning in my nasal/sinus passages. The skin on my face hurt to touch and I had pain and burning so that it hurt to move my head. My husband was here and kept asking if I wanted to go to the ER but the thought of getting in a car was overwhelming. My face was burning hot and my nasal passages were so swollen that I couldn't breathe through my nose and I could see the swelling when I looked in the mirror. It lasted for about three hours and it was Labor Day weekend and I couldn't see a Dr. until Tuesday.

I have seen two ENT specialists in the last two days because I have lost, totally lost all ability to taste or smell. They both told me the same thing and suggested an immediate course of action. This is called "chemical trauma' and most times is permanent. I'm going to have a CT scan on Monday and am on a high dose of the steroid, Prednisone for two weeks. If there is even a thread of the olfactory nerve left, it will help to rejuvenate what is left.

I have been on the Internet (just put in Zicam) and there are hundreds of people who have had this happen. I am so angry and devastated and saddened right now that I don't know how to get through this. I cannot handle the thought of never tasting food again or trying a new recipe or smelling a Thanksgiving turkey. Cooking has been an absolute passion of mine for as long as I can remember and at the moment I don't see the point of even putting dressing on a salad.

I keep thinking that this cannot be happening to me. I suck on a lemon, bite down on a clove of garlic, smell a bottle of ammonia, nail polish remover, anything. I'm starting by telling people I love. PLEASE don't use Zicam, tell your friends.

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There seems to be supporting evidence, so I am confused as to whether or not this is actually an urban legend.

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More supporting evidence.

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http://integratir.com/newsrelease.asp?news=2130823539&ticker=MTXX
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An article from January, 2006 (more recent than February, 2004):
http://www.zicamsideeffects.com/claim/zicam-suit.html

If there is nothing to the claim, and it is an urban legend, then why did Matrixx Corp., the maker of Zicam, settle?

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If there is nothing to the claim, and it is an urban legend, then why did Matrixx Corp., the maker of Zicam, settle?
The same reason everybody else does: Because $12 million was probably far less than they'd have had to spend in legal fees to defend themselves.

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Good point. Thanks. I had not thought of that. It does seem that there were relatively few involved with the lawsuit, considering how many people probably use Zicam, so maybe this is a possible, but very rare side effect.

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I wonder if these people followed the directions to a tee. Most nasal sprays, you shake them and (for first time use or if the bottle hasn't been used in a while) prime them one or two times by spraying the drug without inserting in the nose. Not saying I know exactly what happened, but its a possibility.

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