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Is it safe to use Flonase daily?

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Published At May 19, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 36 year old male. I am allergic to pollen and I seem to get allergic reactions randomly even outside the allergy season. Ever since I started taking Flonase, it has completely eliminated all symptoms. Is this safe? Can I take it every day for the rest of my life? Thanks.

Answered by Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com. You are experiencing allergic rhinitis. Your allergies due to pollen might be seasonal. Did you try tapering it off when the weather changes? The best step would be to determine your allergens. I would suggest patch test first to eliminate potential environmental allergens or receive relative permanent solution against them. You have alternative choices like using Claritin (Loratadine), Zyrtec (Cetirizine) or Allegra (Fexofenadine). These should be used once daily and all are antihistamines. Flonase (Fluticasone propionate nasal spray) is a nasal steroid and I am afraid that you may have to use it as far as the allergens are around. Try using the alternative treatments while obtaining a patch test, that way you will avoid taking Flonase.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Internal Medicine

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