Nasal steroid sprays are available over the counter or by prescription. They are one of the first treatments recommended for nasal allergies.
Flonase, Nasacort Allergy 24HR, and Rhinocort are available over the counter. Examples of prescription steroid nasal sprays include Beconase, Dymista, Nasarel, Nasonex, Qnasl, Vancenase, Veramyst, and Zetonna.
- How steroid nasal sprays work: These drugs decrease inflammation within the nasal passages, thereby relieving nasal symptoms.
- Who should not use these medications: Individuals who are allergic to any components of these nasal sprays should not use them.
- Use: Gently shake the container. Blow the nose to clear the nostrils. Close (pinch) one nostril, and insert nasal applicator into the other nostril. Tilt your head forward and aim to the back of your nose. Press the applicator to release the spray. Then you can sniff gently. If you feel that you are tasting the spray, then you are probably sniffing in too much. Apply the prescribed number of sprays and repeat with the other nostril.
- Side effects: These sprays may cause nasal irritation, nosebleed or sore throat.
- FDA. News release.
- Steroid Nasal Sprays from eMedicineHealth.
- UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”