Some side effects that may occur when using FLONASE ® , a nasal steroid, include burning, dryness, crusting, or other irritation inside the nose. 3 Other possible side effects of FLONASE ® include occasional nose bleeds, nasal whistling, and headaches. 4 If you experience symptoms while using FLONASE ® that resemble an allergic reaction such as rash, swelling of the face or tongue, wheezing, or feeling faint, stop using FLONASE ® and see a doctor. 4 If you have questions or concerns about symptoms or trouble using the medication it is best to call your doctor.
General measures that allow mucus secretions to pass more easily may be recommended when it is not possible to determine the cause. Many people, especially older persons, need more fluids to thin out secretions. Drinking more water, eliminating caffeine, and avoiding diuretics (medications that increase urination) will help. Mucous-thinning agents such as guaifenesin (Humibid®, Robitussin®) may also thin secretions. Nasal irrigations may alleviate thickened secretions. These can be performed two to four times a day either with a nasal douche device or a Water Pik® with a nasal irrigation nozzle. Warm water with baking soda or salt (½ to 1 tsp. to the pint) or Alkalol®, a nonprescription irrigating solution (full strength or diluted by half warm water), may be helpful. Finally, use of simple saline (salt) nonprescription nasal sprays (., Ocean®, Ayr®, or Nasal®) to moisten the nose is often very beneficial.