Nasal Allergy (Allergic Rhinitis) Medications

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Nasal allergy medication facts

  • Nasal allergy is an inflammatory reaction to house dust mites, mold, animal hair, and pollens.
  • Take antihistamines for sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, and throat.
  • Take decongestants for nasal congestion only.
  • Anticholinergic medicine such as ipratropium bromide inhaler (Atrovent, Atrovent HFA) may help with intractable runny noses.
  • Nasal steroids are safe and effective on a runny, itchy, and particularly stuffy nose.
  • Combination of antihistamine, decongestant, and steroid inhalers are a good choice for moderate or severe nasal allergies.
  • Topical nasal decongestant should be limited to use for 3 to 5 days maximum.

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