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Can children use steroid nose sprays for allergies?

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Steroid nose sprays fight inflammation and help your child breathe better. They reduce mucus, itching, and congestion, but they take a while to work. They can be liquids or aerosol puffs.

Make sure your child sprays the medication away from the septum, the thin wall between the nostrils. If their nose has thick mucus, clear it first with a spray saline solution or have them blow his nose.

Your doctor may want then to keep taking antihistamines and other allergy drugs until the nose spray kicks in, usually in a week or two.

From: Allergy Medicine Tips for Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AAAAI.org, Spring Allergies & Asthma Survival Guide: "Position Statement: OTC Antihistamines;" "Understanding pollen and mold count;" and "Tips to Remember: Asthma and Allergy Medicines."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Tips to remember: Asthma and Allergy Medications."

The American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Billions of Ragweed Pollen Grains Cause Most Seasonal Allergies."

American Lung Association: "How to Control Hay Fever."

CDC: "Antihistamines."

Merk Manual Home Edition: "Asthma."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "Mast Cell Stabilizers."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 11, 2018

SOURCES:

AAAAI.org, Spring Allergies & Asthma Survival Guide: "Position Statement: OTC Antihistamines;" "Understanding pollen and mold count;" and "Tips to Remember: Asthma and Allergy Medicines."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Tips to remember: Asthma and Allergy Medications."

The American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Billions of Ragweed Pollen Grains Cause Most Seasonal Allergies."

American Lung Association: "How to Control Hay Fever."

CDC: "Antihistamines."

Merk Manual Home Edition: "Asthma."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "Mast Cell Stabilizers."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 11, 2018

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