(Inflammation of the Nose: stuffy, runny nose)


Non-Sedating Antihistamines:

  •  Aerius (desloratidine)
  • Allegra (fexofenodine)
  • Claritin (Loratidine)
  • Reactine (Cetirizine)

Nasal Steroids

  • Topical (on inside surface of nose only) therefore are safe
  • Works slowly gradually over time therefore needs to be taken REGULARLY (every day)
  • Should point nose spray towards outside of nose to help prevent nosebleeds (cross hands – spray left nostril with right hand, right nostril with left hand)
  • Nasal moisturizers (i.e. Nasogel, Rhinaris or Secaris) also help prevent nosebleeds
  • Important to note:  Prior to taking your first dose of a new bottle, you will need to prime it.
  • Shake the bottle before each dose
  • When using Avamys (light blue lid): use fingers instead of thumb to push lever on the side of the bottle (using your thumb may break the lever)

Saline Washes (Salt water)

  • Washes/Rinses away secretions to clean nose out
  • Usually use 2x/day, but can use as little or as often as you like
  • Do not use right after using medicated spray (will wash out medication)
  • Use Saline (ie Salinex or Hydrasense) OR make it  yourself (1L water + 1tbs salt + 1tbs baking soda; boil & cool)
Nasal Hygiene:
  • Use Saline wash first
  • Apply nasal moisturizer second
  • Use nasal steroid last
Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)

*** Created by Dr. Ellie Tsai MD, FRCPC Kingston Allergy and Asthma 613-546-6673***

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