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Jabran (J.) Kundi is a seasoned reviewer for Four Best. He has an engineering background from the National University of Science and Technology and studied in Germany for several years. In his free time, when he is not spending his time researching and reviewing some of the best products around, he enjoys speaking German. Guten Tag!

The 4 Best Nasal Allergy Spray for 2020

April 10, 2020    Health 

Allergy Sprays

Anyone suffering from a mild congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes or similar symptoms associated with allergies needs some sort of treatment to get relief. While there are enough prescription medicines out there that work great, it is always a good idea to have some over the counter medication available to get immediate relief. Here we have reviewed four nasal allergy sprays for you to use in 2020. And one of our shortlisted ones is made specifically for kids. Let's get started!

  • OUR TAKE
    PROS
    CONS

  • RUNNER UP

    Rhinocort
    Allergy Nasal Spray

    Amazon.com Paid
    OUR TAKE
    • This Rhinocort allergy spray bottle is available both in 60- and 120-spray sizes. The best thing about it is that is not only scent-free but also alcohol-free. This makes it ideal for kids as well as those who don't like artificial scents or alcohol-based sprays
    PROS
    • Relief from both outdoor and indoor allergy symptoms.
    • 24hr protection from runny nose, itchy nose, nasal congestion and other issues.
    • One dose enough for an all-day protection.
    • Alcohol-free formula.
    CONS
    • This spray is not available as a subscription at the moment so no cost-saving mechanism for regular users.
    • Mixed reviews regarding best time to take. Some users report sleeplessness while some claim it helps them sleep comfortably.

  • ALMOST

    Flonase
    Sensimist Allergy Relief

    Amazon.com Paid
    OUR TAKE
    • The Flonase allergy spray is made specifically for kids with their comfort in mind. it is a drip-free and scent-free solution to your kids allergies and is good for killing the allergies right at their source at a young age - of course in a safe way that doesn't endanger the kid's health
    PROS
    • Drip-free and scent-free allowing for ease of use, especially for kids.
    • Helps block 6 different allergic substances.
    • Affordable price.
    • Can be used for kids as young as 2 years old.
    CONS
    • Make sure to check the dosage per spray before buying
    • Some versions have the same spray dosage as the adult version which can be uncomfortable for the kid as well as expensive compared to the adult version.

  • ALMOST

    Nasacort
    Allergy Spray

    Amazon.com Paid
    OUR TAKE
    • This spray is another prescription equivalent that works as well as a prescription allergy spray. Nasacort has been providing allergy protection for some time now and with this spray, they have continued the good quality they are known for
    PROS
    • Quick and easy way to get relief from most allergies.
    • Its strength is comparable to its prescription equivalent.
    • 24 hour protection.
    • 60 sprays in one bottle.
    CONS
    • Not much to complain about this spray but it was still the least popular of the ones we selected for this review.

Some important points about Nasal Sprays

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  • Ensure that the sniffing passage is clear in both nostrils by sniffing some air through them. That way you ensure the medicine will go deep enough and therefore won’t be wasted.
  • When used correctly, a spray pump should neither drip at the back of your throat nor back down your nose.
  • Don’t expose the spray to direct sunlight or for longer periods of time.
  • Nasal sprays can be irritating or painful to use especially when using for the first time. Sometimes it is a good idea to use a saline spray first so that you get used to the feeling.
  • Aiming the nozzle of the spray correctly is vital to get the full benefit. The packaging should clearly show how to use it but in case it doesn’t, make sure you aim straight and the nozzle of the spray points towards the back of your head.
  • If you are a new user, it is likely you won’t notice the effects of the spray straight away. Sometimes it can take a week or two before you start noticing the effects of the nasal spray.

When to Stop Using a Nasal Spray

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As with all types of medication, consulting a doctor as soon as you notice something out of the ordinary is important. Nasal sprays aren’t harmful but if you aren’t getting relief, it is quite possible that your problem isn’t what it seems and only a bi-product of a bigger problem.

Even though nasal sprays can be discomforting for first time users, they shouldn’t cause pain, sweating, or nosebleeds. If you see any serious side-effects, you need to stop using it immediately and consult a doctor.

Every nasal spray user needs to be aware of the rebound effect. Nasal sprays usually do not contain anything that is addictive. However, they shouldn’t be used for more than 3 days in a row as the body can develop a tolerance against them making them ineffective. Many people then start using a higher dosage to get the same effect but this doesn’t help. You’ll either continue needing more and more medication or even worse; your congestion might become more problematic. This can be reversed by not using the spray for a few weeks but why let that happen when you can use the spray sparingly in the first place. Do not overuse!

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