Did you know there are 4 types of nasal sprays?

We’re all human and we all make mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made was when I didn’t take my hayfever seriously. I went to the pharmacy, unaware of what I should and shouldn’t take.

My nose was blocked and I wanted instant relief. I didn’t realise that the nasal spray I took would only give me temporary relief and that I’d become reliant on the product.

This had become a big issue that impacted my personal life and studies. I could have avoided months of suffering from ongoing symptoms if I had just gone to see the doctor.

Nasal sprays can be an effective treatment for hayfever that focus on relieving symptoms in the eye and nose area. My advice is go to the doctor who can recommend the best treatment for you.  However, if you’re a DIY person at least be aware of the 4 different types of nasal sprays. This is what you should know before going to your pharmacy:

1.     Antihistamine Nasal Sprays

Antihistamine nasal sprays are an effective treatment for hayfever because they prevent allergy symptoms and are non-addictive. They can be used for seasonal and non-seasonal allergies. Antihistamine nasal sprays are usually used “as required” when the symptoms hit, or as preventatives – for example, if you know that the pollen count is going to be high you could use one before you leave the house.

2.     Corticosteroid Nasal Sprays

Corticosteroid nasal sprays are also known as steroid medication and are for moderate to severe hayfever sufferers. When pollen or other allergens trigger your allergic reaction, the inside of your nose becomes inflamed.  Corticosteroid nasal sprays can relieve this inflammation and reduce the symptoms over long term use. They work best when used regularly and consistently.

3.     Combination Antihistamine and Corticosteroid Nasal Spray

A combination spray is available for those with moderate to severe hay fever symptoms, and can relieve the eye and nose area. This type of treatment is only available through a prescription from your doctor.

4.     Decongestants

Decongestant nasal sprays may provide relief from nasal congestion.  Decongestants reduce the swelling of blood vessels in your nose which opens your nasal passage and makes breathing easier.  This type of nasal spray should not be used for more than a few days and may cause rebound congestion.  This means that nasal congestion can reoccur and cause your nose to become more blocked than before.

Take this self-assessment tool to see how hayfever is impacting you.