The nasal spray is the most effective medication for treating allergy symptoms, if they are used consistently and correctly. There are a variety of types, and your physician can help decide which one is best for your symptoms. Some types of nasal sprays include: decongestant sprays, antihistamine sprays, and steroid nasal sprays.
Decongestant sprays are best to shrink the swollen blood vessels and tissues that are causing congestion in your nose. These should only be used short term.
Antihistamine sprays relieve congestion, itchy and runny nose, and sneezing. They are a good alternative to the antihistamine pills because they cause less drowsiness.
Steroid nasal sprays help stop a drippy nose, while reducing congestion, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. This type may take a week for symptoms to get better
Begin using the nasal spray by blowing your nose to clear it. Shake the nasal spray canister. You will then want to keep your head upright, breath out slowly, hold the nostril closed on the side not receiving medication and insert the nasal spray into the other nostril. Then press down on the canister as you breathe in slowly. Repeat for other nostril. Do not sneeze or blow your nose right after using the spray.
Nasal sprays can be overused. Ask your allergist how long you should continue with treatment, and only use the nasal spray for that amount of time.
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