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Can I Manage Allergies With Over-the-Counter Drugs?

Many people find the allergy medicine they buy at the drug store is enough to relieve their symptoms. Antihistamines like Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, and Zyrtec treat nasal congestion from allergies. You can also use a saline rinse or decongestant pill, if you don’t have high blood pressure. Decongestant sprays can help unstop your nose, but you should only use them for three days. Steroid nasal sprays reduce inflammation. Only two, Nasacort and Flonase, are currently available over the counter.

If those don’t work, see your doctor. There are other drugs that he can prescribe to make you feel better.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on December 05, 2014

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