MYTHS & FACTS

NASAL ALLERGY MYTHS COMPLICATE PATIENT CARE

Global environmental changes are causing allergic rhinitis to increase in incidence and prevalence.1

Smoke stack to indicate climate change
Thunder storm to indicate spring
Tree to indicate pollen

Climate changes increase CO2 levels worldwide, which in turn affect plants1

  • Earlier bloom times, where spring pollen season begins 6 days earlier than it did in the 1960s2
  • Longer growing season, which lengthens pollen season (some reports state an increased duration of 13-27 days)3
  • Bigger, stronger plants that generate increased pollen production (estimated future increases of 90% are predicted)1

Flonase® Allergy Relief can help treat and manage today's allergic rhinitis symptoms

Flonase® Allergy Relief can be used by adults 18 years of age and older once daily for up to 3 months as part of a regular nasal allergy treatment regimen.4,5 When taken regularly before exposure to allergens, Flonase® Allergy Relief can prevent nasal allergy symptoms from developing.6,7 Relief starts with the first dose for some patients.4,5

For patients 18 years of age or older: if use of Flonase® Allergy Relief is needed beyond 3 months, patients should consult their doctor.5

MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT NASAL ALLERGIES

Help your patients know the facts and dispel the myths about nasal allergy treatment so they can get the symptom relief they need.

MYTH:

Mechanism vs. most OTC allergy pills. Flonase® Allergy Relief acts on multiple key inflammatory substances (including histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.After 3 months of daily use, the patient should consult their doctor if they can continue using Flonase® Allergy Relief.

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  3. Ziska L, Knowlton K, Rogers C, et al. Recent warming by latitude associated with increased length of ragweed pollen season in central North America. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011;108(10):4248-4251.
  4. Data on file. GlaxoSmithKline. 2016.
  5. Flonase® Allergy Relief Product Monograph. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Inc. August 23, 2016.
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