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Health Tip: Using a Steroid Nasal Spray

Suggestions for proper use

(HealthDay News) -- Steroid nasal sprays can be used to help nasal congestion and mucus production, symptoms of conditions including sinusitis (sinus inflammation).

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions when using a nasal steroid spray:

  • If your nasal spray comes in a canister, make sure you wash the canister device thoroughly at least once each week.
  • Before you spray, sniff air into each nostril to be sure the passageways are clear.
  • Point the nozzle straight toward the back of your head so that you don't waste the medicine.
  • The medicine should not drip down the back of your throat or from your nose.
  • Stop using the spray if you have nosebleeds or pain in your nose. Discuss these symptoms with your doctor.
  • Give the spray time to work. You may not see results for up to two weeks.
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