A 17-year-old male asked:

Just asking so i will know about this, will it be bad if you use your nose spray like avamys when you have a runny nose? are there any better sprays?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Silge
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Not harmful: Fluticasone would not harm you if you used it for a runny nose from a viral illness. It is intended more for chronic symptoms. It doesn't achieve maximum effectiveness quickly, so it's not the best. A spray like azelastine or Olopatadine are antihistamine nose sprays that have some decongestant properties. Over the counter oxymetazoline is more potent, and for short term use a better choice.
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 46 years experience
It won't hurt: Avamys is a brand name for fluticasone furoate, marketed in the us as veramyst. If your runny nose is due to allergy avamys is just the thing. If it's due to a cold it probably won't hurt & may even help a little. For runny noses due to irritants like cold air or strong odors topical corticosteroid sprays like avamys are not as effective as topical antihistamines or irpatropium.
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Last updated Nov 27, 2017


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