Target Your Nasal Congestion

Dr. Landon Bunderson

PHD, Pollination Ecology
If you experience nasal congestion due to allergies, you know that it can be a relentless and debilitating condition.

Your symptoms may run the gamut from sneezing and runny or stuffy nose to an itchy nose and itchy or watery eyes. One of the best ways to combat these allergic symptoms is through the use of a nonprescription fluticasone nasal spray. Most people know this spray as Flonase Allergy.

What If My Nasal Congestion Isn’t Caused By Allergies?

If you suffer from nonallergic rhinitis, you probably experience the same symptoms as listed above. You will notice that you are sneezing a lot and that your nose is runny or stuffy. In this case, you can treat your nasal congestion with prescription fluticasone. This nasal spray, called Xhance, treats nasal polyps (when the lining of your nose swells.)

What If My Nasal Congestion Is Caused By A Cold?

You should not use fluticasone for treating nasal congestion that is caused by the common cold. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid. This means that it works by blocking the release of substances that cause allergy symptoms. Hence, if your symptoms are caused by a cold or infection, the use of fluticasone will not alleviate those symptoms.

Administering Fluticasone

Fluticasone (both prescription and nonprescription) is a liquid spray for the nose. If you have allergies, you will typically spray it in each nostril once a day. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend a lower dose to be administered twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

If you are using this nasal spray to treat your nasal polyps, you will usually spray it in your nostrils once or twice a day. For adults, the treatment involves a  higher dose that decreases as symptoms improve.

For children, you will administer a lower dose, and if symptoms do not improve, the dosage will gradually increase. Once the child’s symptoms are alleviated or improved, you will need to decrease the dose.

Always follow the directions on the label and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

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