Your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid nasal spray for your allergy symptoms or sinus problems.
These sprays reduce the swelling inside the nose and sinuses. Unlike decongestant nasal sprays, steroid sprays won't lead to more swelling when you stop taking them.
These sprays start working in a few days, but it may take several weeks before you get the full effect.
Most side effects are minor. The most common complaint is a burning feeling in the nose right after the spray is used. Some people get nosebleeds.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Here are some tips for using these sprays:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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