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Best Nasal Spray For Polyps
No single best spray: Unfortunately, there's no single best spray for everyone in the States where HealthTap docs are located. It's even trickier to determine best spray for someone outside of States, in say UK. Saline sprays (salt water) are safe. Sinus rinses are fine as long as you don't use tap water. In States, some corticosteroid sprays are available OTC w/o prescription. Stay away from nasal decongestants sprays ...Read more
They all work: More important than the brand is your tolerance of the medicine. I would start with generic drug or one with a low copay and only change if you have a problem with them. ...Read more
Not really: Fluticasone is a nasal steroids spray that works to decrease the allergic inflammation in one's nose and subsequently decreased one's nasal allergy symptoms. A decongestant, for example pseudphed, is a vaso constrictor, that shrinks blood vessel that ultimately shrinks the nasal mucosa. ...Read more
Maybe: "postnasal drip" can be due to many causes. If nasal allergy and inflammation is what's causing your feeling of drip then Nasonex (mometasone) can help. In my experience irritation of the throat caused by what patients eat and drink or by unrecognized reflux are far more common causes of feeling "post nasal drip." if you have reflux or drink a lot of soda, tea or coffee you should stop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can Duonase help in treating nasal turbinate hypertrophy and nasal polyps?is duonase similar to Nasonex (mometasone)?
It may help: Topical nasal steroids may help your problem. They are all about the same. There is little difference between the efficacy and safety of Flonase and nasonex (mometasone). I do not think turbinate hypertrophy will be much effected unless you have nasal allergy. Nasal polyposis will be more effectively treated with oral steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is Nasacort (triamcinolone) spray for nasal allergies safe to be taken regularly? If not, what is the alternative nasal spray for regular use?
Nasal steroids: Nasocort is a nasal steroid, now available over the counter, that many people safely use for prolonged periods of time to treat their allergy symptoms. Be sure to read the package insert and stop the spray if you experience any side effects, but you will likely be able to use it with your Claritin without problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Saline washes: It depends on the cause of the congestion, but saline nasal washes at least don't have side effects, unlike decongestants and antihistamines. If the saline doesn't help enough and your symptoms persist, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Can i take afrin nasal spray and azelastine around the same time? Have cold and want afrin for stuffy nose. Want azelastine for post nasal drip.
Will Patanase nasal spray thicken mucous/dry me up? what medications do you recommend for frequent nasal congestion?
Not one: Newer antihistamines work to stop itching and sneezing, but unfortunately do little to stop drainage. Older antihistamines may have some ability to stop mucus production, but have side effects like drowsiness. Daily saline rinse for the nose (eg, neti pot) can help. See your doctor or an allergist--there may be prescription meds (eg, ipratropium nasal spray) that can better treat your symptoms. ...Read more
One or the other: Depending on the cause of post nasal drip, either azelastine or fluticasone can be beneficial for allergic or non-allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis. All can cause post nasal drip, as can a cold. Saline nasal spray or rinses are also beneficial to improve post nasal drip. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anti-inflammatory: Nasonex (mometasone) is a corticosteroid nasal spray that reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and sinuses. Reducing the inflammation reduces the amount of mucous produced resulting in less post nasal drip (and less "runny nose."). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal sprays: Nasal sprays can be very effective at unclogging the nose. However some over the counter sprays like afrin can be habit forming and loose their effectiveness with chronic use. The best spray to use a lot is saline nasal spray. In some allergic conditions your physician can prescribe steroid spray or antihistamine spray and those work well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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