Steroid therapy can be prescribed on a continual basis if there is no other effective way to get a patient's allergies under control. This is also true for asthma patients. Only your doctor can determine how long you need to take steroids. Many people use steroid nasal sprays for long periods of time, but most sprays are not systemetic, meaning the steroid remains in the nasal area and does not enter the bloodstream. A few side effects of steroids are weight gain, mood swings, fluid retention, high blood pressure and a greater risk of getting infections.
I have small Yorkie that was rescued from a shelter, she started off as a foster but had so many issues, she’s become that “forever foster”. I have gone through all kinds of diets, benadryl, claritan, steroids, etc. with her. I finally came across info on Atopica and decided to try this for her. The meds just came today, so we are hopeful it will help. She has severe allergies, chews feet/legs till they bleed. Switching to a raw food limited ingredient seems to help, but if this does not work for her, it becomes a quality of life issue. We will stay hopeful.