What are corticosteroid nasal sprays?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Corticosteroid nasal sprays available with a prescription in the US include beclomethasone (Beconase, Qnasl), budesonide (Rhinocort), ciclesonide (Omnaris, Zetonna), flunisolide, fluticasone (Flonase, Veramyst), mometasone (Nasonex), and triamcinolone (Nasacort). The product Dymista combines the corticosteroid fluticasone with the antihistamine azelastine into a single spray. 

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Considered to be the most effective treatment for relieving nasal allergy symptoms, corticosteroid nasal sprays work by reducing inflammation. It's important to use the spray correctly, directing it away from your septum, so follow the instructions closely. If you're still unsure, ask a healthcare practitioner to show you how to do to it. Side effects of steroid sprays may include nosebleeds, nasal dryness, and stinging.

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