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Congested nose, yellowish, dryness and itching. Been taking Flumist nasal Spray. Will it harm mucus glands?

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I have been taking Flomist nasal Spray for almost four years, not every Day, but on and off. I Must use it quite often, because my nose is congested most of the time (mostly clear slime, sometimes yellowish)

I am a bit concerned about my nose, because I think it doesn't work properly anymore. My nose feels dry and itchy, especially during the night, and that's why I always have to use a nasal cream to keep it most and comfortable.

My question: I am not sure whether to continue with Flomist or any other cortison nasal spray. Does It harm the mucus glands? I think there are not working properly? Should I stop taking Flomist? I think I would have to continue all my life. Maybe it's a chronic issue...

Thank you for your quick response.


Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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You can take long term flomist spray and dryness and itching can be side effects. Please discontinue it for some time in between and nasal mucosa returns to normal. You can also use in between saline nasal sprays especially hypertonic saline nasal sprays. If you are taking it for allergic rhinitis, you can use azelastine nasal spray in stead of flonist. Congestion can be relieved by coblation assisted channelling of inferior turbinates. Regards
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