Learn more about over-the-counter steroid hayfever nasal sprays to ease your hayfever and allergies.
Steroid Hayfever nasal sprays like Beconase, Clarinaze, Pirinase and, Nasacort contain corticosteroids as their active ingredient. These nasal sprays help prevent and relieve sneezing and a runny, stuffy, or itchy nose caused by allergies.
Why you should use Steroid Nasal Spray for Hayfever.
While many hayfever sufferers take oral medicine such as the antihistamine Claritin or Piriton, they might benefit from nasal sprays alone. As our pharmacist, Sanmi puts it, “Why to treat the whole body when only your nose is affected?” The steroid nasal spray is formulated for long-term use.
Comparison of Over The Counter Steroid Hayfever Nasal Spray
How and when to use steroid nasal sprays
Steroid Hayfever nasal sprays can be used as a long-term treatment or just when they’re needed.
It is best to use steroid nasal sprays from a week or two before you think your symptoms will start, as they can take a few days to work.
It’s important to use your nasal spray regularly, even if you don’t have the hayfever symptoms and you are feeling better. It will only help if it’s used every day.
Steroid Nasal Spray Treatment Course
Stop using the nasal spray when you think you no longer need it. Don’t use it continuously for more than a month without speaking to your pharmacist or doctor.
Side effects of Steroid Hayfever Nasal Sprays
Steroid hayfever nasal sprays don’t usually cause any significant side effects if used correctly and at normal doses.
Side effects can include:
- a stinging or burning sensation in the nose
- dryness and crustiness in the nose
- a dry, irritated throat
- an unpleasant taste in the mouth
- itchiness, redness and swelling in the nose
Who can use steroid hayfever nasal sprays
Most people can use steroid nasal sprays. The over the counter steroid hayfever nasal spray can only be used by adults ( 18 years and over).
You can not use the over the counter steroid hayfever nasal spray if:
- have had an allergic reaction to steroids in the past
- have recently had surgery on your nose
- have tuberculosis (TB) or an infection in your nose
- are having, or have recently had, treatment with steroid tabletsor steroid injections into your blood
- are looking for a nasal spray for your child (some nasal sprays aren’t suitable for children)
- are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby