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What Is Mometasone Nasal Spray Used For?

Mometasone nasal spray is used for treating nasal polyps and seasonal or perennial nasal allergies. The medication is also used in preventing allergies when it is taken two to four weeks before the onset of allergy season. On occasion, a healthcare provider may prescribe mometasone nasal spray to treat other conditions it is not approved to treat. Some of these "off-label" mometasone nasal spray uses include treating sinus infections and nonallergic rhinitis.

What Is Mometasone Nasal Spray Used For?

Mometasone nasal spray (Nasonex®) is a prescription medication approved for the following uses:
 
  • Treating seasonal or perennial nasal allergy symptoms in adults and children as young as two years old.
     
  • Preventing seasonal nasal allergy symptoms (when started two to four weeks before the anticipated allergy season) in adults and children age 12 years old and older.
     
  • Treating nasal polyps in adults.
 
Mometasone Nasal Spray and Nasal Allergies
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 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 affect the nose. Nasal allergies are also known as allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of nasal allergies include:
 
  • Nasal congestion
  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal itching.
     
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. Mometasone nasal spray is a particularly useful allergy medicine for treating allergy symptoms that primarily affect the nose. It can be used to treat nasal allergy symptoms and, if taken a few weeks before allergy season, can also be used for preventing allergies.
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