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I haven't been taking Flonase long (only a few days), so bear with me. I can't find instructions as they pertain to nose-blowing on the package anywhere; what I'd like to know is how long I should wait to blow my nose after taking my two daily spritzes. I don't want to blow the stuff right back out again, but I also don't want to be unable to breathe for very long.

Can anyone with experience in taking Flonase help me out with this? Thanks in advance.
Flonase is a steroid nasal spray and will not open up the air passages instantly like other type deconjestant nasal sprays do. Flonase will work on reducing inflammation over time.

It is best to blow nose before using Flonase and then wait as long as possible before blowing nose again in order for the Flonase have a chance to be absorbed into the nasal tissues.
Everything Misty said is right on. I would add though to use a saline spray first and blow your nose, then your nose will be more clear and the Flonase will reach further, plus you won't feel like you have to blow your nose right away. This is what my allergist told me to do.
Quote from shorebird:
sneezy, my doctor put me on astelin and told me to use the nasal saline spray ocean AFTER I spray the astelin. I even said AFTER not BEFORE and he said yes. It seems to be working but it does not make sense (seems counterintuitive to me) and I wondered if you had any knowledge or thoughts on this? Thanks.



Astelin can be really drying, so I agree with MoutainReader, the doctor probably told you to do that to keep your nasal passages moist. Maybe wait a little bit to give the Astelin a chance to absorb before using the saline. My allergist told me to give my Flonase a half hour to absorb, and then I could use the saline again if needed to clear congestion.
is it possible that flonase would cause sinus pain instead of reducing it?
And something I still did not get an answer for is:
IF I`m slightly congested, and CT scan shows there's nothing but swollen turbinates does it make sense that it causes me pain in forehead, that comes and goes everyday, but not a persistent one.
Quote from tordek:
is it possible that flonase would cause sinus pain instead of reducing it?
And something I still did not get an answer for is:
IF I`m slightly congested, and CT scan shows there's nothing but swollen turbinates does it make sense that it causes me pain in forehead, that comes and goes everyday, but not a persistent one.



When the sinuses are draining, sometimes the pressure changes can cause a headache, so it is possible that the Floanse could cause a headache by causing the sinuses to open and drain.

Enlarged turbinates can indeed cause forehead headaches. I had a permenantly enlarged turbinate that was causing terrible headaches. That was the main reason I had my sinus surgery. My ENT told me my turbinate was causing my headache and the weird pressure I was feeling near my right eye.
Quote from sneezydiva:
Astelin can be really drying, so I agree with MoutainReader, the doctor probably told you to do that to keep your nasal passages moist. Maybe wait a little bit to give the Astelin a chance to absorb before using the saline. My allergist told me to give my Flonase a half hour to absorb, and then I could use the saline again if needed to clear congestion.


Thanks Sneezy and MountainReader I appreciate your insights. I have been doing them together but I am going to try waiting 15 to 30 minutes before using the saline. Makes more sense to me as it seems like I would just be washing the astellin out or at least diluting its effects the way I am doing it now. Thanks again!