What Is Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray Used For?
Fluticasone propionate nasal spray is used for the treatment of seasonal or perennial nasal allergy symptoms, as well as non-allergic nasal symptoms. It is approved for use in adults and children four years old and older. Healthcare providers may also recommend the nasal spray for "off-label" purposes. Using the drug to treat nasal polyps is considered an off-label fluticasone propionate nasal spray use.
Fluticasone propionate nasal spray (Flonase®) is a prescription medication approved for the following uses:
- Treating seasonal or perennial (year-round) nasal allergy symptoms in adults and children as young as four years old
- Treating non-allergic nasal symptoms in adults and children as young as four years old.
Allergies are the immune system's specific reaction to a normally harmless substance, such as pollens, certain foods, or medicines. Allergies can either be seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies (such as hay fever) occur at specific times of the year, while perennial allergies can occur throughout the year. Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and allergy symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Nasal allergies mostly affect the nose and eyes. Nasal allergies are also known as allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of nasal allergies may include:
- Nasal congestion
- A runny nose
- Itching nose, eyes, ears, or throat.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy shots or medications. Fluticasone propionate nasal spray is a particularly useful allergy medicine for treating allergy symptoms that primarily affect the nose. It can be used every day or just on the days when symptoms occur.