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    Steroid nasal sprays can reduce inflammation in your nose.

    Antihistamines help stop sneezing, sniffling, and itching.

    Decongestants help relieve stuffiness and dry up the mucus in of your nose.

    Immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots or oral tablets or drops can also help you feel better.

    You can buy some allergymedications without a prescription, but talk to your doctor to make sure you get the right one. Decongestant nasal sprays, for example, should only be used for 3 days. If you use them longer, you may actually get more congested. And if you have high blood pressure, some allergy drugs may not be right for you.

    Tips to Manage Symptoms

    Stay indoors with the doors and windows closed when pollen is at its peak (usually in the late morning or midday). Check pollen counts in your area. Your local weather report will usually include them.

    Before you turn on your heat for the first time, clean your heating vents and change the filter. Bits of mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as you start the furnace.

    Use a HEPA filter in your heating system to remove pollen, mold, and other particles from the air.

    Use a dehumidifier to keep your air at between 35% and 50% humidity.

    Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don't breathe in mold spores.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on May 04, 2016
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