A runny nose and a blocked nose are the most common symptoms of a common cold, which afflict many of us, especially in the winter months. An easy solution, albeit a temporary one, is the use of a decongestant nasal spray. In fact, a medical prescription is not even required in order to purchase one in Greece and in most countries of the world.
Blocked Nose.Nasal Spray
Nasal sprays that contain only corticosteroids do not cause immediate decongestion, so there is no point in using them for colds or other acute inflammations of the nose. These sprays are indicated in chronic rhinitis or sinusitis and nasal polyps, where they relieve or, often, control chronic inflammation.
The continuous use of sprays containing only cortisocosteroids is allowed, and for very long periods of time, always with the guidance of a specialist doctor. The reason is that the medicine they contain is absorbed into the circulation in zero or negligible amounts, hence, our nose gets cortisone but not us! Thus, the serious side effects of chronic cortisone use, such as hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc., are not caused.
At the same time, cortisone, when used topically in the nose, does not cause addiction and medicinal rhinitis, as with decongestants.
In conclusion, we should emphasize that it is not nasal sprays containing cortisone that are dangerous for prolonged use, but those containing decongestants!
Finally, it is good to avoid inhaling strongly, at the same time as spraying. This causes a large amount of the medicine is drawn towards the pharynx and does not reach the nasal mucosa.