Nasal corticosteroid sprays are safe for all adults. Some types are safe for children (age 2 and older). Pregnant women can safely use corticosteroid sprays.
The sprays usually work only in the nasal passageway. They do not affect other parts of your body unless you use too much.
Side effects may include any of these symptoms:
- Dryness, burning, or stinging in the nasal passage. You can lessen this effect by using the spray after showering or placing your head over a steamy sink for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Throat irritation.
- Headaches and nosebleed (uncommon, but report these to your provider right away).
- Infection in the nasal passages.
- In rare cases, perforation (hole or crack) in the nasal passageway may occur. This can happen if you spray into the middle of your nose instead of toward the outer wall.
Make sure you or your child uses the spray exactly as prescribed to avoid side effects. If you or your child uses the spray regularly, ask your provider to examine your nasal passages now and then to make sure problems are not developing.