Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest (pollen forecast).
Check if you have hay fever
Symptoms of hay fever include:
sneezing and coughing
a runny or blocked nose
itchy, red or watery eyes
itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
loss of smell
pain around your temples and forehead
If you have asthma, you might also:
have a tight feeling in your chest
be short of breath
wheeze and cough
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
How to treat hay fever yourself
There’s currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent it. But you can do things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash pollen off
stay indoors whenever possible
keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
cut grass or walk on grass
spend too much time outside
keep fresh flowers in the house
smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen
let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors
Nasonex (branded mometasone) nasal spray is used to ease nasal symptoms caused by both seasonal allergic rihinitis (hay fever) and year-round allergic rhinitis.
It is a non-drowsy medication that is both scent-free and alcohol-free
Mometasone belongs to a group of medicines known as corticosteroids. These medicines work by actively reducing inflammation and swelling in order to relieve the symptoms associated with hay fever, such as itchy eyes and nose, sneezing and congestion.
steroid nasal sprays can be used as a long-term treatment or just when they’re needed.
For hay fever, it’s best use them from a week or two before you think your symptoms will start, as they can take a few days to work.
It’s important to use your spray regularly, even if you’re feeling better. It will only help if it’s used every day.
How to use Nasonex
Treatment of Hayfever and Perennial Rhinitis in adults.
The usual dose is two sprays into each nostril once a day.
Once your symptoms are under control, you may to decrease the dose.
If you do not start to feel any better, you should see your doctor.
In some patients Nasonex begins to relieve symptoms within 12 hours after the first dose; however full benefit of treatment may not be seen in the first two days. Therefore, you should continue regular use to achieve full benefit of treatment.
Preparing your nasal spray for use
Your Nasonex Nasal Spray has a dust cap which protects the nozzle and keeps it clean. Remember to take this off before using the spray and to replace it after use.
If you are using the spray for the first time you need to ‘prime’ the bottle by pumping the spray 10 times until a fine mist is produced:
1. Gently shake the bottle.
2. Put your forefinger and middle finger either side of the nozzle and your thumb underneath the bottle. Do Not pierce the nasal applicator.
3. Point the nozzle away from you and then press down with your fingers to pump the spray 10 times until a fine mist is produced.
If you have not used the spray for 14 days or more, you need to “re-prime” the bottle by pumping the spray 2 times until a fine mist is produced.
How to use your nasal spray
1. Shake the bottle gently and remove the dust cap. (Figure 1)
2. Gently blow your nose.
3. Close one nostril and put the nozzle into the other nostril as shown. (Figure 2) Tilt your head forward slightly, keeping the bottle upright.
4. Start to breathe in gently or slowly through your nose and whilst you are breathing in squirt a spray of fine mist into your nose by pressing down ONCE with your fingers.
5. Breathe out through your mouth. Repeat step 4 to inhale a second spray in the same nostril if applicable.
6. Remove the nozzle from this nostril and breathe out through the mouth.
7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 for the other nostril.
After using the spray, wipe the nozzle carefully with a clean handkerchief or tissue and replace the dust cap.
Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.
Steroid nasal sprays don’t usually cause any significant side effects if used correctly and at normal doses.
Side effects can include:
a stinging or burning sensation in the nose
dryness and crustiness in the nose
a dry, irritated throat
an unpleasant taste in the mouth
itchiness, redness and swelling in the nose
If you’re taking a high dose for a long time, there’s also a small chance you could get some of the side effects associated with steroid tablets, such as increased appetite, mood changes and difficulty sleeping.
These are not all the side effects of mometasone nasal spray. For a full list see the Patient information leaflet