Allergy season is one of the most dreaded times of the year for countless millions of people. It means itchy eyes, sneezing as well as a multitude of other symptoms. There are lots of options on the market in order to help people combat these symptoms, but some work better than others. Lately two of the more popular options have been Flonase and Nasacort. These are brand name allergy treatments and both of them are known to work fairly well.
Both of these are corticosteroid medications that are designed to lower inflammation brought on by allergies. Through extensive testing both have been found to be equally effective in terms of the relief they deliver and both of them are safe as well. When used properly neither one of them causes any side effects. There are some differences between them though. This is what we’re going to be looking at.
First let’s say that when it comes to whether or not a person should use one or the other, it’s all going to come down to these three things:
- A person’s personal preference for which one they feel better about using
- The availability of either of these in a certain location or area
- Whether or not there’s a noticeable price difference in these that would make one more affordable than the other
Now the first major difference with Flonase and Nasacort is that although both work well to treat hay fever, each contains a different primary active ingredient. Flonase is comprised of Fluticasone and Nasacort is comprised of triamcinolone. Each of these is what are known as glucocorticoid corticosteroids. These are effective at helping to provide relief for things such as congestion, sneezing, postnasal drip as well as a whole host of other allergy like symptoms.
The good thing about both of these is that a person isn’t going to require a prescription in order to access them. Both of them can be found over the counter at the majority of major drug stores and retail outlets. And both of them also are available in the same strengths as their prescription options.
There’s no difference in terms of how long each of these is going to offer relief for a person. Each is designed to provide the user with at least 24 hours of relief and won’t come with the side effect of drowsiness. Other allergy medications such as those that contain the ingredient Benadryl come with the side effect of drowsiness, which is why sometimes those types of allergy medications are also used as sleeping aids.
Flonase and Nasacort each work in a similar period of time, meaning that a user couldn’t expect to experience relief any faster with one of these than what they would the other. It typically takes a few hours before a user starts to experience any real relief with either of these. Several days of usage are required in order to get the complete range of benefits.
Each of these will work better if a person makes sure to start making use of them right at the very beginning of allergy season. A user shouldn’t wait until they start to experience allergy symptoms.