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How Does Veramyst Work?

Allergies occur when the body's immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance -- one that does not bother most people. These immune system reactions are known as inflammation, and they involve several different types of cells and several different chemicals in the body.
Veramyst is a corticosteroid, or simply "steroid" for short. Steroids can have many different effects in the body, including anti-inflammatory effects. Steroids decrease inflammation by limiting the body's ability to produce an immune system reaction. They can be very effective for treating conditions such as allergies. However, long-term use of steroids can cause bothersome and sometimes serious side effects, and this limits the usefulness of many steroids. Because Veramyst is a nasal spray, its effects are generally limited to the nose. This helps prevent many of the long-term side effects of steroids.

Veramyst Use in Children

Veramyst is approved to treat nasal allergies in children as young as two years old. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Veramyst in children.

Off-Label Veramyst Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Veramyst for treating something other than nasal allergies. Currently, off-label uses of Veramyst include the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nasal symptoms not caused by allergies (known as non-allergic rhinitis).
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