Fluticasone nasal spray is a great way to keep your allergic symptoms under control. It works to reduce inflammation and mucus production so that you breathe easier. However, it's important to use and maintain the medication correctly in order for it to work properly. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your fluticasone nasal spray so that you have the best chance of feeling better.
Tips on proper usage:
Read the instructions about use and dosage before using your medication. Be sure to wash your hands and wipe the bottle tip before first use with a clean tissue. When you are ready, keep your head and the spray bottle upright. Clear out your nostrils first, and pinch one nostril closed while you inhale and pump the spray at the same time. Exhale through your mouth. Repeat for the other nostril. Make sure you move the pump all the way down and up with each stroke.
Things to avoid:
Only use the proper number of sprays at the right intervals listed in the instructions. If you miss a dose on one day, just continue your regular dose the next day and don't double-dose to make it up. Over-dosing can cause side effects including headaches, sore throats and nose bleeds. Avoid letting the medication flow back into your throat and never take the medication by mouth. Keep it out of your eyes as well. See your doctor if you experience an increase in body aches, infections or fatigue.
Keeping things clean:
Wipe down the nozzle before each use and do a more thorough cleaning at least once a week. Usually, taking the cap off, turning it upside down and rinsing it under the faucet is enough to keep it working properly. Let the nozzle air dry on its own. If your nozzle gets crusty and clogged, try soaking the it in warm water for five or ten minutes and letting it dry before trying again.
Remember, fluticasone takes time to build up full protection against allergens. Unlike nasal decongestant spray, it does not shrink and open up the nasal airways directly. You may not begin to see results for at least one or two weeks. It doesn't work against other nasal irritants such as cold viruses. If you have other health issues, such as recent nose surgery or have had tuberculosis, then talk to your doctor first to see if fluticasone is safe for you to use and do some additional reading about fluticasone. Be sure to mention that you use this medication before any major medical treatment, dental work or surgery.