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Do the antihistamine nose sprays and the steroid sprays lose their effectiveness over time? Should I alternate, using one type of spray each month?

Do the antihistamine nose sprays and the steroid sprays lose their effectiveness over time? Should I alternate, using one type of spray each month?

Should not: These sprays should not lose their effectiveness over time. Some people need both in combination. I would suggest using the antihistamine spray and adding in the steroid spray when your symptoms are not controlled. It may take a couple of days to feel the full effect of the steroid spray. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more


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How does the effectiveness of the antihistamine nose sprays compare with the steroid nose sprays for an adult with springtime allergies?

How does the effectiveness of the antihistamine nose sprays compare with the steroid nose sprays for an adult with springtime allergies?

Both help: Both methods of treatment can be effective. Results vary from one individual to another. In general, steroid sprays might be considered more effective, but some individuals may not tolerate them due to nosebleeds or other effects and may respond better to the antihistamine sprays. Treatment should be individualized. ...Read more

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How does the safety of the antihistamine nose sprays compare with the steroid sprays for an adult with springtime allergies using sprays for 3 months?

Specific to each one: Both kinds of nasal sprays contain medications designed to work in the nose with little absorption into the rest of the body. It is somewhat unfair to compare their side effects, because they have different purpose. Antihistamines stop the action of histamine, preventing swelling and production of secretions. Steroids major role is to reduce swelling (inflammation) once it has developed. ...Read more

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Antihistamines, nose sprays, and completing allergy shots are not getting rid of my allergic shiners. Need advice. ?

Antihistamines, nose sprays, and completing allergy shots are not getting rid of my allergic shiners. Need advice. ?

? Food allergies: Allergic shiners are commonly caused by food allergies. All the drugs & shots in the world won't help if you are eating foods you are allergic to. Standard allergy tests won't reliably detect. Try an elimination diet- avoid all dairy, gluten, eggs, corn, soy & almonds for 10 days, then add back one at a time. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=diet&dbid=7. ...Read more

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I have constant blockage and headaches around my nose. Have tried antihistamines and cortisol sprays. Any other options?

I have constant blockage and headaches around my nose. Have tried antihistamines and cortisol sprays. Any other options?

Nasal 'blockage': Recommend a ct of the face and sinuses to rule out chronic pan-sinusitis. If it is confirmed, need to be treated first in order to reduce the resultant headache. ...Read more

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My son's only symptom is a stuffy nose, it has lasted for about 9 days I've done some nasal sprays and antihistamines. He's breathing out but not in?

My son's only symptom is a stuffy nose, it has lasted for about 9 days I've done some nasal sprays and antihistamines. He's breathing out but not in?

Humidity changes?: Nasal blockage while sleeping is often due to change in humidity in the inhaled air. It is associated with dryness from heater. Use of humidifier may help to relieve the symptom. ...Read more

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Keep getting blocked nose and inside is two swollen pink lumps what are they? I've tried antihistamine and nasal spray still don't help with breathing

Keep getting blocked nose and inside is two swollen pink lumps what are they? I've tried antihistamine and nasal spray still don't help with breathing

Large turbinates: I agree that an ENT exam is essential but to address your question, the two swollen pink lumps that you are visualizing are the inferior turbinates, a normal structure in the lateral wall of the nasal cavity. This enlargement of these structures may represent allergy. Are you taking OTC nasal sprays for more than 3 days? If you are, you may have rhinitis secondary to overuse of nasal sprays. ...Read more

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Would an antihistamine spray reduce my runny nose caused by viruses/bacteria or strictly the one caused by allergens?

Would an antihistamine spray reduce my runny nose caused by viruses/bacteria or strictly the one caused by allergens?

Possibly: Since the nasal antihistamines possess anti-cholinergic effect , they may potentially reduce the nasal discharge. However there is another Rx spray would likely work far better. ...Read more

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I have a confirmed nose bleeder, polyps and congested nose. I am on antihistamine, saline wash and steroid spray. Is that the best solution?

I have a confirmed nose bleeder, polyps and congested nose. I am on antihistamine,  saline wash and steroid spray. Is that the best solution?

Only if they work: This is a very complex issue as there are many potential causes for your problem. It appears that you may have a chronic sinus infection as well. A less common condition is known as Aspirin exacerbated rhinosinusitis (often accompanied by asthma) and in which case another class of drug called leukotriene modifier may work better. You should consult an allergist to help you sort this out. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more