What is a six weeks nasal steroid challenge?
This is our medical challenge consisting of regular application od steroid spray to bath nostrils daily, for 6 weeks.
This aims to determine whether or not symptoms can be adequately controlled with first line medical treatment or whether additional medical treatments are required, such as Rhinolight Ⓡ or immunaltheraphy.
If medical treatments fail, the possibility of surgery may need to be revisiled. By performing a six week nasal steroid challenge, we can use objective measurement tools such as rhinomanomelry and naseondoscropic investigations, in combination with your reported symptoms and nasal symptom scales to monitor adassess whether or not the steroid challenge has improved your condition.
Why do I need a six week nasal steroid challenge ?
According to most guidelines, steroid nasal spray is considered a first line medical treatment used to alleviate symptoms of hayfever, non allergic rhinilis, blocked nose mouth breathing, snoring and congestion.
Although some patients may require surgery, our patients (unless there is urgent indication for surgery) will routinely undergo a six week nasal steroid challenge so your Allergy/ENT Doctor and ENT Surgeon can validate your maximum medical improvement before deciding if you are an appropriate surgical candidate.
How to perform the six week nasal steroid challenge:
- Follow any specific instruction by your doctor.
- Your doctor may recommend the daily or twice daily application of steroid nasal spray.