Allergy Relief Latest Facts: What You Need to Know about the Use of Nasal Sprays

When allergies strike, in most cases nasal sprays which are used to deliver medications through the nostrils can bring relief.  Most importantly there are different types of nasal sprays that could be used depending on the symptoms that the patient is showing.

Nasal Spray

Nasal Spray

You can buy these products at your local pharmacy, or your doctor can prescribe one to help relieve your runny or stuffy nose caused by allergies.

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Types of Nasal Sprays

The following are the different types of nasal sprays available:

Decongestant Sprays

Decongestant sprays work by shrinking your swollen tissues and blood vessels in the nose that cause congestion. Some examples of decongestant sprays are phenylephrine hydrochloride and oxymetazoline hydrochloride (Afrin, Sinex, Tristan).

It is vital to know that it is not recommended to use this type of nasal spray for longer than three days. This is because using them longer can stuff up your nose more. It would be best to consult your doctor before you use decongestant nasal sprays if you have high blood pressure or glaucoma that’s not under control.

Antihistamine Sprays

 Antihistamine sprays can relieve sneezing, congestion, and itchy and runny nose. This type of nasal spray tends to cause less drowsiness than antihistamine pills. However, they can still make some people sleepy.

Steroid Nasal Sprays

Steroid nasal sprays are great in helping you reduce sneezing, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes. Not only that, but this type of nasal spray can also help you out with your drippy nose.

Steroid nasal sprays are often the first drugs that are recommended when it comes to allergies. However, it usually takes a week before you notice your symptoms getting better.

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There are many different kinds of steroid nasal sprays. If you are interested, you can start your research by learning more about Nasacort and Flonase. These two are among the most popular steroid nasal sprays available in the US.

Here’s a tip: lessen your medication expenses through health insurance. Many insurance companies often have programs regarding discounted medications and reach out to individuals who might need them. As such, make sure to grab the opportunity and compare health insurance quotes that are on offer or available that will fit your needs.

Cromolyn Sodium (NasalCrom)

Cromolyn sodium helps prevent your body from releasing histamines. Histamines are chemicals that can cause allergy symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose. Not only that, but this nasal spray can also help when it comes to stuffy noses.

Some people tend to notice results 30 minutes after using this nasal spray. However, for it to work best, it is recommended to use it one or two weeks before allergy season and then one or a few times every day.

Ipratropium Nasal (Atrovent Nasal)

This type of prescription nasal spray can treat your runny nose by stopping mucus development. It doesn’t relieve sneezing or congestion that well. Moreover, Atrovent nasal is not recommended for people who have an enlarged prostate or glaucoma.

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Basics of Using Nasal Sprays

As mentioned earlier, many different medications may come as nasal sprays. Also, instructions on how to use them tend to vary. If you don’t understand the instructions, it would be best to ask your pharmacist.

Before you start using nasal spray, consider the following:

  • Make sure you can breathe through both of your nostrils. It is vital to remember that if your nostrils are blocked, the medication in your nasal spray won’t go deep enough into your nasal passages. If this is the case, the nasal spray will not be as effective as expected.
  • Keep in mind that some nasal sprays require to be primed before use. In order to prime your nasal spray, you will need to squirt a couple of times into the air until you can notice a fine mist coming out. Don’t forget to keep the squirting away from your eyes and others for safety.
  • Store your nasal spray as directed and avoid exposing the bottle to direct sunlight. It is best not to share your nasal spray with other people. Furthermore, keep it out of reach of children.

Can You Be Addicted To Nasal Sprays?

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Prescription nasal sprays are not considered addictive. However, most people with allergies tend to use them too often because they really work well.

On the other hand, over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays tend to be more challenging to stop using since you can build up a tolerance to them. This effect is called the rebound effect. You might need to use more of this medication to help keep your congestion under control, or your congestion might get worse if you stop using the nasal spray.

Nasal Spray Use Side Effects

Below are the most common side effects of using nasal sprays:

  • Sneezing
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Headache
  • Dryness in the nose
  • Increased runny nose

To Wrap It Up

People use nasal sprays for allergy relief. There are different types, and the instructions on using them may vary. Furthermore, nasal sprays are either available over the counter or prescribed by your doctor.

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References

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7517094/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23834132/

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