Allergic Rhinitis and Topical Corticosteroids
Once a definite diagnosis of allergic rhinitis is made, the first-line treatment of choice is nasal corticosteroid spray. Nasal (topical) corticosteroids for allergic rhinitis come in the form of nasal sprays that decrease swelling in the nasal passages.
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Nasal corticosteroids are sprayed or inhaled into the nose to help relieve the stuffy nose and discomfort of allergies.
Possible side effects of nasal corticosteroids nclude:
- Burning, dryness, or other irritation inside the nose (mild, lasting only a short time)
- Increase in sneezing
- Irritation of the throat