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A 21-year-old female asked:

if you dont sniff during taking your nasal steroid spray will it be effective? if you spray then sniff is that ok? or do you have to spray & sniff

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Nasal Spray: Greetings. You pose a great question. The action of the nasal spray is when it comes in contact with the mucus membranes. This occurs after it gets into the nose with or without a sniff. I usually recommend the patient spray spray then sniff. Then repeat into the other nostril. Remember this spray takes time until it works it's best. Usually 10-14 days but it will begin to provide relief sooner.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Do the side-effects of a nasal steroid spray differ then that of an oral or inhaled one?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: The side effects of a steroid nasal spray differs from that of an oral steroid or an inhaled steroid. Some side effects are dose and delivery dependent. They do not all cause systemic side effects for instance. The indications for use are different.
A 47-year-old member asked:

I have been taking nasal steroid for a longtime but it isn't working this summer?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Nasal steroids: It's probable that your body has gotten resistant to your nasal spray. Alternatively, the nasal steroid may not be strong enough to control your symptoms any longer. You may try another brand. However, have you included antihistamines in your treatment regimen? If not, try taking one of those once-daily otc preparations. Have you had an allergy evaluation? Maybe, singulair (montelukast) or allergy shots on tap.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is my nasal condition severe or not ? Only gets better with nasal steroid sprays.

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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
You judge: If it effects your sleep or daily activities then i would call it severe. If it responds to nasal steroid sprays it may be an allergy causing the problem and a visit to the allergist may help.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there such a thing as an over-the-counter generic nasal steroid spray?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Nasal steroids: No, there is no generic steroids incorporated with a nasal spry. So far as i know, they are only available by prescription from your doctor.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Otc nasal steroid available in united states yet?

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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
No: No.

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