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Nasal Allergies? Sniff This!
On June 1, 2010 @ 3:41 pm In All Articles,Medications
A look at how and why to use nasal sprays
Nasal asthma. Ever heard of it? Probably not, because I just made it up. Before you thumb your nose at the idea, consider that the nose and lower airways are all part of the respiratory pathway and share similar immune responses to allergens, irritants and viruses. And while it is possible to have one condition without the other, for many of us, nasal symptoms (rhinitis) usually herald the onset of asthma symptoms to come.
Sure, asthma is a potentially life-threatening condition and rhinitis is not, but mucus plugging is also common to both. In the nose, a mucus plug is dislodged with a hearty blow into a hanky — or it may slip out the back way, down the back of your throat. Eh hem.
In the lungs, all it takes is a droplet of the thick stuff to block vital breathing passages. Resulting coughing spasms slam mucus blockades from the small airways to the larger ones and eventually into your throat where you either swallow it or spit it out.
Even the idea of using topical medications, sprays to reduce or prevent inflammation, is common to the treatment of both asthma and rhinitis. In most cases, using a small amount of medication on the affected area is greatly preferred over using a larger dose of the same medication given by pill.
As with asthma medications, there are quite a number of nasal sprays to choose from:
Which medication you and your medical care provider choose depends on how severe your symptoms are; how often they appear and how long they last; and whether you have other respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD or sinus problems.
When allergy symptoms disrupt your life and over-the-counter medications just don’t cut it, it’s time to see an allergist to determine which allergens to avoid and get a written plan of action.
HOW TO USE A NASAL SPRAY
First published in Allergy & Asthma Today, Summer 2010 
Medical editors: Robert Bahadori, MD, and William Berger, MD
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 News for Your Nose: Nasal Corticosteroids: http://www.aanma.org/2009/03/news-for-your-nose-nasal-corticosteroids/
 Your Nose: The Ultimate Air Cleaner: http://www.aanma.org/2009/02/your-nose-the-ultimate-air-cleaner/
 It’s Not ALL in Your Head: http://www.aanma.org/2009/02/not-all-in-your-head/
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