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Reading 38 B6

Steroid Nasal Sprays and Drops

A steroid nasal spray usually works well to clear all the nasal symptoms such as itching or sneezing. It works by reducing inflammation in the nose. A steroid nasal spray also tends to ease eye symptoms although it is not clear how this occurs. However, they can take up to several days to build up to the full effect. Steroid nasal sprays should be used each day over the hay fever season to keep symptoms away. However, once symptoms have gone, the amount of steroid spray can often be reduced to a low maintenance dose each day to keep symptoms manageable. Side-effects or problems with steroid nasal sprays are rare.

  • Question of

    How long can a nasal spray be used?

    • While symptoms such as itching or sneezing occur and after.
    • Before and during the time symptoms occur.
    • Before, during the time symptoms occur and after.

    Correct Wrong

    Explanation: Let's check the answer more closely, one by one. Since the paragraph says "they can take up to several days to build up to the full effect," A seems to be correct. The sentence, "Steroid nasal sprays should be used each day over the hay fever season to keep symptoms away" also indicates a long-term use during the time of symptoms. In the next sentence, "However, once symptoms have gone, the amount of steroid spray can often be reduced to a low maintenance dose each day to keep symptoms manageable" means that you can use the spray "after" the symptoms have gone. So, A seems to be the correct answer. We cannot see "before" anywhere in the extract.

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Reading 38 B5

Case Notes 40.1