Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 29, 2000
Question from Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA:
I have a 5 year old with Type 1 diabetes who also has allergies. The allergist gave us a nasal spray, Flonase. This is the second steroid nasal spray he has had and it really elevates his blood sugars. Is there any other treatment out there that he can use instead?
Most nasal steroids don’t dramatically affect blood sugar like taking steroid pills can. There are other types of nasal steroids you might try that are not absorbed to the degree Flonase may be. In addition, there is a nasal antihistamine — Astelin — that your physician may wish for you to try if you continue to struggle with higher blood sugars on the nasal steroids. Any of these treatments will not be as effective unless they are used with an antihistamine that is taken by mouth.