Nasal Spray Specialist

Beach Cities ENTS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists located in Torrance, CA

If you're congested, you might benefit from a nasal spray to deliver medication directly into your nasal and sinus cavities. The experienced board-certified doctors at Beach Cities ENTS in Torrance, California, offer thorough exams to determine if a nasal spray is right for you and can prescribe medicated nasal sprays as needed. Call the Los Angeles area office or schedule a consultation online today for expert care.

Nasal Spray Q & A

What is a nasal spray?

A nasal spray delivers medication or moisture directly into your nasal and sinus cavities. The doctors at Beach Cities ENTS prescribe and recommend different types of nasal spray, depending on your needs.

Sinus infection

If you have a sinus infection, your doctor might recommend an over-the-counter or prescription nasal spray to reduce inflammation in your sinuses. Nasal sprays aren't addictive, although you can develop a tolerance to them. 

Not only does this mean that after a few days of use that you need more of the spray to relieve the inflammation, but you might experience "rebound" congestion when you stop using the spay. Make sure to follow your doctor's instructions.

Allergies

The doctors at Beach Cities ENTS might also recommend nasal sprays if you have allergies. You might benefit from an antihistamine nasal spray to reduce the allergic reaction in your nasal and sinus cavities, or you might find a sterile saline nasal spray flushes airborne allergens out of your nasal and sinus cavities. 

What's the difference between prescription and over-the-counter nasal sprays?

Both over-the-counter and prescription steroid nasal sprays can reduce inflammation and other symptoms associated with allergies and chronic sinus infections. With nasal spray steroids, you might need to use the spray every day for a couple of weeks to feel the full benefit. 

Other over-the-counter nasal sprays might provide immediate relief of your symptoms, but they're only suitable for short-term use. 

These sprays work by temporarily shrinking the capillaries in your nose and sinus cavities, which can result in even more severe congestion in the long run. You should always consult with Beach Cities ENTS before using a nasal spray.

What should I do if I'm severely congested?

If you have sinus congestion that lasts for more than a week, you should make an appointment at Beach Cities ENTS to find out what's causing your symptoms. 

Typically, when congestion lasts for more than a week, it’s a sign of allergies or a sinus infection. In both cases, you should get customized medical advice and treatment for your condition. 

If you're concerned about sinus congestion or have questions about using a nasal spray, call Beach Cities ENTS or make an appointment online today. 

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