Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL) (ISSN: 2582-5550)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 7

A Comparative Study of Intranasal Steroids with Intranasal Antihistamines Sprays v/s Intranasal Steroids Sprays Alone in Management of Allergic Rhinitis

Deepa Shivnani*

Fellowship in Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Department of ENT, Children’s Airway and Swallowing Centre, Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author: Deepa Shivnani, Fellowship in Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, Department of ENT, Children’s Airway and Swallowing Centre, Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Received: May 11, 2022; Published: June 09, 2022


Background: Allergic rhinitis is the most common form of rhinitis, worldwide, affecting close to 10% to 30% of the global population. Heredity and environmental exposures may contribute to a predisposition to allergies. Pharmacotherapy along with effective allergen avoidance measures forms the mainstay of management of Allergic Rhinitis. The evidence indicates that intranasal corticosteroids are more efficacious than are antihistamines in the control of Allergic Rhinitis symptoms. This "superiority" is principally related to their effect on nasal obstruction. The numbers of studies done to know the efficacy of combination sprays over steroidal sprays alone are very few and provide insufficient insight.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether the combination nasal sprays should be prescribed as a standard medical management for allergic rhinitis or not, as to achieve better quality of life after treatment with maximum improvement in Total Nasal Symptom Score (TNSS).

Methods: 100 subjects were taken up for this study, 50 in each group after fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Subjects were allocated in two groups according to consultant’s preference. Subjects were evaluated for Total Nasal Symptom Score (TNSS) and score of Mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (MiniRQLQ) before and after the treatment initiation.

The study was conducted in two groups based on drug given and both the groups were evaluated after 2 weeks and 4 weeks of medication on the basis of TNSS and MiniRQLQ score.

Results: Allergic Rhinitis was found to be more common in younger age group. Both the drugs were effective in reducing the Total nasal symptom scores (TNSS) and score of MiniRQLQ significantly (p < 0.001). However, Combination Nasal Sprays (Intra-nasal corticosteroids with intranasal antihistamines) were found to be statistically superior when compared to only intranasal steroid sprays.

Interpretation and Conclusion: Combination Nasal Sprays are highly efficacious and statistically better to steroid nasal sprays hence this study confirms the superiority of combination nasal sprays and recommends combination nasal sprays as first line of treatment for allergic rhinitis.

Keywords: Allergic Rhinitis; Total Nasal Symptom Score; Intranasal Corticosteroids; Intranasal Corticorsteroids with Intranasal Histamines; MiniRQLQ; Quality of Life


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Citation: Deepa Shivnani. “A Comparative Study of Intranasal Steroids with Intranasal Antihistamines Sprays v/s Intranasal Steroids Sprays Alone in Management of Allergic Rhinitis".Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 4.7 (2022): 08-15 .


Copyright: © 2022 Deepa Shivnani. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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