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Budesonide 0.6mg Atomized Solution, Nasal Spray, or Nasal Irrigation
Budesonide is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation and swelling when applied intranasally. The most popular method for administering this medication is with an atomizer that distributes a fine spray of liquid medication into the nasal passages and sinus area. It may also be prescribed in an individual nasal spray bottle, which provides metered doses of each spray, or as a nasal irrigation with a saline rinse bottle.
Intranasal budesonide works well for treating:
- Allergic rhinitis symptoms, such as congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itching, or swelling of the nasal passageway
- Nasal polyps in the lining of the nasal passage
One study showed that Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) scores were significantly higher in patient groups treated with intranasal budesonide compared to placebo. In this study, about 4/5 patients experienced a clinically meaningful improvement in their sinusitis symptoms. Budesonide is a corticosteroid, so it works by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages that causes the feeling of congestion. While congestion is associated with increased mucus and discharge, the feeling of being congested is actually most often due to inflammation.
- Effect of Budesonide Added to Large-Volume, Low-pressure Saline Sinus Irrigation for Chronic Rhinosinusitis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. – JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgergy