The Truth about Prescription Nasal Sprays
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:29:59 PM

Find relief from sniffles with the right Rx

( - Cold and flu season is upon us, which means that it is time for sneezing, sniffling, and runny noses. Before breaking the bank on Kleenex, the answer to your problem may be a prescription nasal spray.

Dr. Jordan Pritikin, a board-certified otolaryngologist at The Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center explains, "Many times people turn to over-the-counter remedies when it comes to combating nasal symptoms. However, the truth is that these medications can only do so much, and often people require something stronger in order to get true relief."

There are a variety of different nasal spray options on the market. Medications such as Nasonex contain steroids that help to reduce inflammation, while prescription Atrovent works by stopping the production of mucus. Other sprays contain anti-histamines, which can also decrease mucus production. While decongestant sprays, such as Afrin, can shrink swollen tissues in the nose, these sprays cannot be used for more than 3 days as they can cause rebound swelling and worsening congestion.

Dr. Pritkin continues, "There is an art to choosing which combination of drugs and therapies will work best for you and your specific symptoms. Some people might find relief from a decongestant spray and the use of a Neti-Pot, while others might rely on steroid nasal sprays and the use of humidifiers and other clean-air solutions."

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attendedRush Medical College in Chicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit

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