Dymista spray for hay fever

How a nasal spray could help your pollen allergy

Dymista is a nasal spray used to treat hay fever and other allergic responses. It’s a dual treatment containing both antihistamine and steroid medicines. It’s generally more effective than taking antihistamines alone and is a good option for allergy sufferers who aren’t getting relief from over-the-counter allergy treatments. 

 

What is in dymista? 

Dymista contains two active ingredients: azelastine which is an antihistamine and a steroid called fluticasone. Both work in slightly different ways- azelastine providing a long-lasting effect and keeping the allergic response under control, while fluticasone reduces the swelling inside the nostrils. It’s particularly useful for relieving a blocked nose and soreness and swelling in the eyes. 

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How do I use dymista?

Dymista should be used twice a day and can be used long term to keep hay fever symptoms at bay. Before using: 

  • Blow your nose
  • Gently shake the bottle
  • Prime it by releasing a spray into the air (which you’ll need to do the first time you use it and also if you haven’t used it for 7 days)

Then spray once into each nostril with your head tilted downwards before wiping the nozzle and replacing the cap. 

 

Dymista side effects

There are potential side effects when using a nasal spray like dymista. These include: 

  • Nosebleeds
  • Headaches
  • Bitter taste
  • Unpleasant smell
  • Irritation inside the nose
  • Dryness inside the nose
  • Coughing
  • Dry throat

 

Is Dymista suitable for me?

Dymista is a prescription medicine which is suitable for moderate to severe hay fever. While it’s effective at treating allergy symptoms in many people, it can be harmful to some. You shouldn’t use dymista if:

  • You’ve recently had an operation on your nose
  • You have a nasal infection
  • You have tuberculosis
  • You have an undiagnosed infection
  • You have glaucoma, cataracts or a change in your vision
  • You have impaired adrenal function
  • You have severe liver disease

Speak to your GP and make sure they are aware of your situation before getting a prescription. 

 

How does dymista work?

Dymista works to reduce your allergy symptoms in two ways. The steroid, fluticasone, is a type of corticosteroid. These are synthetic versions of hormones which are produced naturally in the body, not the same as the steroids which are used by bodybuilders. The medicine reduces inflammation, relieving a blocked nose, sneezing and any swelling inside the nose. 

The antihistamine component works by blocking the release of histamine. This is a substance produced in the body in order to fight infection. With allergies, the body has mistakenly recognised something like pollen as a threat, causing the release of histamine. This type of medicine works to prevent this from happening. 

 

Sources

Medicines.org: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/9450/pil

NHS> Steroid nasal sprays: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/steroid-nasal-sprays/

NHS> Antihistamines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/antihistamines/

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