A healthcare provider may prescribe Nasonex to treat several conditions, such as seasonal or perennial nasal allergy symptoms and nasal polyps. When the medication is started two to four weeks before allergy season, it can also help prevent nasal allergy symptoms. Nasonex is considered a steroid and works by decreasing inflammation. Some off-label Nasonex uses include treating sinus infections and nonallergic rhinitis.
What Is Nasonex Used For?Nasonex® (mometasone nasal spray) 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.
Nasonex 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 (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. Nasonex 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.