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Allergies

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Nasal Septal
  Deviations




This category is OTC in other countries, and is fairly easy to obtain by mail order (you're on your own on this one however). It will likely be made available OTC in the U.S. soon. These sprays are not the type you can become "addicted" to.

                            


Steroid nasal sprays are the single most important medicine for treating nasal allergies.

Steroid sprays are more effective then antihistamines at relieving congestion, often the worst symptom. They are generally free of side effects, and are thought to be safe even for relatively long term use, even in children. The newer generation of sprays are preferred because they are not absorbed into the system to any degree, the older versions are absorbed to some degree creating some potential for long term side effects.

Futicasone (Flonase), triamcinolone (Nasacort AQ),mometasone (Nasonex), budesonide (Rhinocort), and are the versions to look for. They are all equally effective.

If you have nasal allergies, you need to try steroid sprays. I prefer to have patients use them before bed. You should use them for a week straight before making an assessment of their effectiveness. They do not work instantly like decongestant nasal sprays.


OTC Meds


Treating a Cold
  With OTC Meds


Treating Allergies
  With OTC Meds


Treating Chronic
  Problems with OTC
  Medicines


Specific OTC Meds

Decongestants

Antihistamines

Decongestant Sprays

Pain Relievers

Cough Suppressants

Mucous Thinners

Saline Rinses

Zinc Gluconate

Cromolyn Spray

Steroid Sprays


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