- Nasal allergy medication facts
- Nasal allergy (allergic rhinitis) medication introduction
- Nasal allergy symptoms: an overview of treatments
- What's the difference between a controller and a reliever?
- What are antihistamines?
- How do antihistamines work?
- What are common side effects of antihistamines?
- What are decongestants?
- How do decongestants work?
- When should I use topical decongestants?
- What are side effects of decongestants?
- What about combination antihistamine/decongestant preparations?
- Nasal steroid sprays
- Other nasal sprays that might help
- Tips for proper use of nasal sprays
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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