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What is the difference between the nasal and oral medications for allergies?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Risk/benefit ratio

In general, nasal medicines are more effective with less risk of side effects.
This is partly because they are applied only to the area that is a problem, the nose. However, some people don't like nasal sprays, and teaching is needed to use them most effectively. Oral medicines are quick and easy, but the medicine goes throughout the body, even to places it's not needed.

In brief: Risk/benefit ratio

In general, nasal medicines are more effective with less risk of side effects.
This is partly because they are applied only to the area that is a problem, the nose. However, some people don't like nasal sprays, and teaching is needed to use them most effectively. Oral medicines are quick and easy, but the medicine goes throughout the body, even to places it's not needed.
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Dr. David Shulan
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Works at the spot

Oral pills need to go through the whole body to help the nose.
The nasal sprays give a higher amount of mediation in the nose without having a major effect on the rest of the body. For nasal allergies, the nasal sprays are usually more effective than pills.

In brief: Works at the spot

Oral pills need to go through the whole body to help the nose.
The nasal sprays give a higher amount of mediation in the nose without having a major effect on the rest of the body. For nasal allergies, the nasal sprays are usually more effective than pills.
Dr. David Shulan
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