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Are nasal steroid sprays dangerous?

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Nasal steroid sprays are not the anabolic steroids some athletes take to bulk up their muscles. Rather, they are corticosteroids, which are man-made drugs that are nearly the same as a chemical, called cortisol, that your body makes naturally. They are some of the most effective medicines for treating allergy symptoms and often recommended first.

You spray these steroids directly in your nose. So, most allergy experts feel there is little if any chance of serious side effects on other parts of your body, such as eye cataracts or bone fractures.

Mild side effects are rare, but irritation, headache, and a bloody nose can happen.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Allergies: Things You Can Do To Control Your Symptoms."

Medline Plus: "Mometasone Nasal Inhalation."

News release, FDA.

UpToDate. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies).” 


 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Allergies: Things You Can Do To Control Your Symptoms."

Medline Plus: "Mometasone Nasal Inhalation."

News release, FDA.

UpToDate. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies).” 


 

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

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