Astelin Uses

Astelin is used for the treatment of seasonal nasal allergy symptoms in adults and children as young as five years old. It can also be used to treat nasal symptoms not caused by allergens in adults and children age 12 and older. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend the drug for other conditions. Such "off-label" Astelin uses may include the treatment of year-round nasal allergies.

Astelin Uses: An Overview

Astelin® (azelastine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of:
  • Seasonal nasal allergy symptoms in adults and children as young as five years old
  • Non-allergic nasal symptoms due to irritants in adults and children as young as 12 years old.

Astelin Uses for 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 (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 symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Nasal allergies (also known as allergic rhinitis) mostly affect the nose and eyes. Symptoms may include:
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • 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. Astelin is particularly useful for treating allergy symptoms that primarily affect the nose. It is approved to treat seasonal nasal allergies, but not perennial (year-round) nasal allergies.
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