Nasal steroid sprays (corticosteroid sprays) are typically used to treat hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and vasomoter rhinitis (non-allergic rhinitis). The symptoms of a cold can produce the same inflammation in the nasal passages, so nasal steroid sprays can be an effective treatment for reducing the inflammation due to a cold virus. Various brands of of nasal steroid sprays include fluticasone (Flonase), mometasone (Nasonex), flunisolide (Nasarel), triamcinolone (Nasacort AQ), beclomethasone (Beconase AQ), ciclesonide (Omnaris) and budesonide (Rhinocort Aqua).
It is not fully understood why certain people develop allergies, though sometimes they can run in families. Allergic rhinitis most commonly occurs due to pollen, animal fur, and dust mites. Most people with allergic rhinitis do not develop serious complications, though the symptoms can be frustrating and inconvenient in day-to-day life. In some rare cases, allergic rhinitis will cause sinusitis or middle-ear infections.
Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be effectively relieved with treatments, such as Avamys. The corticosteroid works by stopping the immune system’s inflammatory response to allergens. This prevents unwanted allergy symptoms from developing.