Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

It’s Time to Put Down Your Nasal Spray

It’s Time to Put Down Your Nasal Spray

For people who suffer from severe allergies or frequent sinus infections, nasal spray can be a fast and easy way to get some relief. But should you be turning to nasal spray every time you’re feeling a little congested?

Understanding Nasal Spray

Not all nasal sprays are created equal — while some are designed for daily use, others shouldn’t be used for more than a few days in a row.

Saline Nasal Sprays

Saline nasal sprays are good for everyday use because they’re comprised of a salt water solution, rather than medication.

Steroid Nasal Sprays

Steroid nasal sprays contain a corticosteroid which helps to reduce inflammation. While long-term (several weeks or months) use of a steroid spray can have some negative effects, these sprays need to be used for a few consecutive days in order to be effective.

Antihistamine Nasal Sprays

Antihistamine sprays are predominantly used by people who suffer from seasonal allergies. By blocking a chemical called histamine, these sprays can alleviate a runny nose, sneezing, and itching.

Decongestant Nasal Sprays

Out of all the sprays mentioned on this list, a decongestant spray is the only one that can cause “nasal spray addiction.” Decongestants are popular because they instantly alleviate the symptoms of a cold by temporarily shrinking the blood vessels in your nose. However, if you use a spray too often or for too long, you may find yourself needing the spray to breath easy even when you’re not congested.

Schedule your same-day appointment with Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia today! Our team of board-certified allergy specialists will discuss your options and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Contact us at (404) 994-3574 or visit us online to book your appointment.