Do you often use nasal sprays to obtain relief from nasal congestion? Have you ever felt helpless without your nasal spray when you have a cold? Well, then you need to think about what kind of nasal sprays you are using and their effects on your health.
Types of nasal sprays:
Nasal sprays or nasal drops are available as over-the-counter or as prescription-only products. There are a variety of nasal sprays depending on your condition and your physician can suggest you the best treatment.
- The decongestant nasal spray provides relief in nasal congestion. It constricts the inflamed tissues and blood vessels. One should use Decongestant nasal sprays, not more than 3 days. Due to, rebound effect causing more congestion. Every time you use a nasal spray, you may long for more. Probably, you may feel addicted to it. But it is just a temporary feeling.
- Anti-allergic sprays are used to relieve allergic symptoms like running nose, sneezing, and irritation. Sometimes, these sprays can cause drowsiness.
- Steroid nasal sprays reduce the inflammation and nasal congestion. These generally show good results after they are used for a longer duration. However, they may have some side effects like a headache, throat irritation or a cough.
If nasal sprays and decongestant sprays are overused, they can have harmful effects and can even damage the nasal passage as in Rhinitis medicamentosa. Hence, it is important that you understand the usage of nasal sprays and follow your physician’s advice properly.
Written by: Dr. S. Singh
Edited by: S. Jha