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What’s the best hay fever nasal spray?
If you’re struggling with your allergies, a nasal spray may help to relieve your symptoms.
If your nose is blocked, try a decongestant spray; it can shrink the swollen blood vessels in your nose that cause congestion, leaving your airways clear so you can breathe easily.
An antihistamine spray typically causes less drowsiness than its tablet counterpart and is a good solution to ease congestion, itchiness and sneezing.
Finally, there are steroid nasal sprays, which are often the best nasal spray for allergies such as (but not limited to) hay fever.
They help to alleviate a runny nose, watery eyes, congestion, sneezing and itching, but it can take up to a week to notice a difference.
What’s the best children’s allergy nasal spray?
Antihistamines block the chemical histamine, which is released by your child’s immune system when they have an allergic reaction.
Decongestants offer quick relief for nasal and sinus congestion and come in many forms, such as balms, sprays.
You can also get nasal sprays for children, with and without a steroid.
They fight the allergy at the source, rather than having to travel through the body, making it more effective for fast allergy relief.
How do you use a nasal spray?
Before you start, wash your hands to avoid contaminating the area, then shake the bottle if needed.
You’ll want to close off the nostril that doesn’t need treatment by pressing down.
Gently insert the nose of the bottle into the nostril that needs treatment and take a deep breath through the nose as you gently squeeze the bottle.
Remove the bottle, sniff, and repeat if necessary, but wait at least 10 seconds between sprays.
How do hay fever nasal sprays work?
Many hay fever nasal sprays include active ingredients called corticosteroids (or just steroids), such as beclomethasone, triamcinolone and fluticasone.
These ingredients are used to reduce inflammation, which is exactly what your poor, irritated nose needs when it’s been exposed to pollen or other allergens.
By reducing inflammation, these nasal sprays clear the blockage in your nose so you can breathe easily and don’t have to worry about a runny nose or sneezing.
Other nasal sprays, like Sterimar and Prevalin products, work by washing out your nose, clearing away pollen and built-up mucus, or by creating a protective barrier inside the nose to help prevent irritation.