If the steroid sprays don’t provide enough relief for you, considering adding an antihistamine spray (such as azelastine or olopatadine). Those are available by prescription, but studies show the combination can provide more relief than the steroid spray alone. Another option is an antihistamine pill , like fexofenadine (Allegra and generic), loratadine (Claritin and generic), or cetirizine (Zyrtec and generic). And if you’re already taking one of those and it’s working to relieve your symptoms, our medical advisers say there’s no need to switch or add a steroid or antihistamine spray.
1. Do NOT drink coffee or alcohol during your rehab. Both dehydrated me and clogged my nose NOTICEABLY after only a few minutes. Staying off both helped.
2. Drink water. Hydration is a GOOD thing.
3. Use the clear nasal strips – they are an absolute lifesaver. Remember, your nose is most likely NOT filled with mucus. It’s the tissues that have swollen, and pulling them open with those strips WORKS.
4. Remember that even when you are treating only one nostril, the other one is getting a little assist (at least that seems to have been the case for me). When I finally stopped using, my OTHER nostril went berserk.
5. One last thing that got me over the hump – I bought one of those menthol inhalers. These don’t really decongest you at all. But they do give you a little sensation in your nostril, which (at least for me) makes it seem as though you are getting some circulation in there. I didn’t go crazy on it – just used it on particularly bad times. Frequently, I would use it and after an hour or so, my nose would naturally unclog anyway.
6. Exercise. When you move around you get your adrenaline going, which will naturally decongest you a little. For me, it seemed to be climbing stairs.
In rabbits, fetal weight reduction and cleft palate were observed at a fluticasone propionate dose approximately times the MRHDID for adults (on a mg/m² basis at a maternal subcutaneous dose of 4 mcg/kg/day). However, no teratogenic effects were reported at fluticasone propionate doses up to approximately 20 times the MRHDID for adults (on a mg/m² basis at a maternal oral dose up to 300 mcg/kg/day). No fluticasone propionate was detected in the plasma in this study, consistent with the established low bioavailability following oral administration [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY ].