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Allergies Health Center

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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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Wondering if your nagging cold is actually an allergy? Or what about your new skin cream that made your hands break out? Distinguishing an allergy from a non-allergic condition is not always a clear-cut task. But knowing the difference can sometimes help you solve what's ailing you, which in turn could mean faster relief. Mary Fields knows just how difficult pinpointing an allergy can be. The 64-year-old Bronx resident tells WebMD she was convinced her frequent hives were caused by something in...

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