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Pills Vs Nasal Sprays
Allergy meds: Over-the-counter (otc)medications such as Allegra or zyrtec or their generic equilavents work well. Nasalcrom is an otc nasal spray which helps allergy but has to be used often (5x/day). Nasal saline spray is helpful also. It cleans the nose of allergens, like dust and pollen, and acts as a mild decongestant. If symptoms persist, they may not be allergy--see your doctor. ...Read more
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Steroid nasal: sprays can help to decongest and reduce inflammation with enlarged turbinates in the nasal passage. They are not meant to be used long term, just like oxymetazoline (Afrin) sprays are not meant to be used for >2 days. I would not use steroid nasal spray for more than 2 days as well. ...Read more
Happens to me when the weather first changes i usually nip in the butt b4 it gets this bad. Should i go to doctor/just use nasal spray and pills?
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Does continuing to take allergy medicine (allergy pill and nasal spray) prevent the flu or common cold?
Absolutely not: Allergy medicine is great for treating allergies and the nasal steroids such as Flonase may provide some slight symptomatic relief during a nose cold. Allergy meds (or any of several other treatments advertised as preventing a cold) really do little to prevent the cold. The best prevention is the simple old-fashioned stuff, wash hands frequently, avoid sick people and rest and take care when sick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to use steriod eye drops for dry eyes and steriod nasal spray along with allergy pills?
No and yes: Steroid eye drop is not to be used for dry eyes. If you have already been using artificial tear regularly without benefits, there are other safer options such as plugging the duct passage to the nose (it takes no more than 5 minutes and is painless), a trial with Restasis, and more recently processed autologous serum (using your own serum). Steroid nasal spray and allergy pills are ok. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there a antihistamine pill, nasal spray and eye drop that i can buy from a chemist that are ok to take together to manage hay fever?
Yes.: Yes, however the otc nasal decongestants can cause problems if used continuously. They cause what is termed, "rebound". People get used to the decongestant effects, and have to continue to use them. Prescription nasal sprays are much safer, if used as directed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: If you are habitually using OTC nasal sprays such as neo-synephrine or afrin, you will within weeks develop what is called rhinitis medicamentosa. This is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose in which rebound is common. That means every time you use the nasal spray, you will become worse, sometimes for a very long period of time. If steroids are being used and not helpful,see ENT. ...Read more
Saline only: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more
?: This isn't the first time, several reasons: some Novartis products were cited byFDA and recalled, others claim that OTC decongestants in general were withdrawn, unlikely. At any rate alternatives are available/other generic brands please read the labels carefully. If you really suffer and need the 4 way or other decongestant more often, you better see an ENT/Allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org ...Read more
Nasal spray: I assume you are referring to an over the counter decongestant nasal spray that is very addictive if used more than 3 days. You need to see an allergist, you probably need a medicated nasal spray to alleviate the rebound congestion you have developed, you may need oral steroids and do not touch this stuff ever again. ...Read more
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