Give Patients a Taste of Their Own Medicine

December 31, 2006

Although spraying aerosolized corticosteroidsin the anterior nostrilsis sufficient to treat allergic rhinitis,these medications must be depositedin the posterior nasopharynx to beeffective in conditions such as snoringand eustachian tube dysfunction.

Although spraying aerosolized corticosteroids in the anterior nostrils is sufficient to treat allergic rhinitis, these medications must be deposited in the posterior nasopharynx to be effective in conditions such as snoring and eustachian tube dysfunction. Advise patients that in order to ensure that the medication has reached the posterior nasopharynx, they need to sniff the spray so far back in their nose that they can taste it.
- Richard Honaker, MD
   Carrollton, Tex

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