January 23, 2018

Nose Sprays for nasal congestion (Flonase, Nasacort)


Over the past year two prescription nose sprays became available to the consumer over-the-counter.  You no longer need to go see a doctor, and get a prescription.  You can just stop by your local pharmacy and pick up the medication on your own, and start using it.

These nose sprays are classified as “topical corticosteroid” sprays.   We know that they have effective anti-inflammatory properties.  The effect of this is to decrease the degree of swelling and congestion in the nasal tissues, and decrease the degree of “runny nose”.    You may find relief of these symptoms:  nasal congestion, runny nose, itching of the nose / eyes, sneezing.

These medications are useful in treating nasal allergy symptoms, but also in treatment of non-allergic nasal symptoms, and sinusitis.

Go ahead and try them.   You should give it a 2-3 week trial to see how well it works for you.  Some people prefer Flonase and some people prefer Nasacort – you’ll have to try for yourself.