Myths and Facts About Nasal Allergies
Allergy symptoms, prevalence, and allergy treatment options are often perceived incorrectly, which can lead to a lot of conflicting information. It’s important to understand the differences between the myths and the facts.
MYTH 1: All nasal sprays are the same.
FACT: Not all nasal sprays are created equal. Intranasal steroids like those in the FLONASE® Brand Family, do not work via vasoconstriction, or the narrowing of blood vessels that inevitably raises blood pressure, and they do not cause rebounds.1,2 However, the FLONASE® Brand Family DOES provide comprehensive relief of nasal allergy symptoms.
MYTH 2: It takes 2 weeks or more to get full allergy relief with intranasal corticosteroid sprays.
FACT: Not with FLONASE® Brand products. In fact, in some patients, FLONASE® Allergy Relief starts to act in 2 to 4 hours. Most FLONASE® Allergy Relief patients have achieved some symptom relief in 12 hours, with significant symptom improvement within 24 to 48 hours. The maximum benefits of FLONASE® Allergy Relief can be reached in 3 to 4 days.1,3-4
MYTH 3: Nasal allergies are a minor nuisance.
FACT: Many nasal allergy sufferers disagree. The symptoms of nasal allergies can have a strong negative impact on patients’ lives, including fatigue,5,6 trouble sleeping,5,6 and difficulty breathing.7 These disruptive symptoms affect both life at home and also at work—an estimated 3.4 million workdays are lost per year due to nasal allergy symptoms.8
MYTH 4: Antihistamines are the only first-line treatment for nasal allergies.
FACT: Rather than antihistamines, intranasal corticosteroid sprays are recognized as first-line treatment for allergic rhinitis.9 Single-ingredient antihistamines only block histamine, while FLONASE® Brand products work to block 6 key inflammatory mediators (including histamine) to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms.*3,10,11
MYTH 5: Nasal sprays are dangerous steroids.
FACT: No need to worry about FLONASE® Brand products, since they are not anabolic steroids. FLONASE® Allergy Relief has been used for nearly 20 years and has a well-established safety profile. Also, with less than 1% systemic absorption,1,3,12 it does not cause drowsiness1,3,12 or sleepiness.1,13
MYTH 6: FLONASE® Brand products can’t be used for a long time.
FACT: 100% false! FLONASE® Brand products can be used once daily for up to 6 months as part of a regular treatment regimen for adults. This regimen works to manage disruptive allergy symptoms caused by SAR (seasonal allergic rhinitis) and PAR (perennial allergic rhinitis).1
MYTH 7: FLONASE® Brand products aren’t as strong as the original prescription treatments.
FACT: On the contrary, over-the-counter FLONASE® Brand products have the same adult dosing and administration,1,4 chemical composition,1 and strength1,4 as they had when they were prescription products.
MYTH 8: Nasal allergies only affect patients at certain times of the year.
FACT: Actually, for many patients, allergies affect life year-round due to climate change and other environmental factors. This is particularly true for patients who are continually exposed to high levels of airborne allergens, such as pollen, mold spores, and house dust mites.14,15
*Mechanism vs most allergy pills. FLONASE® Allergy Relief acts on multiple inflammatory mediators (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.