In a perfect world, you could avoid whatever triggers your allergies. Because that's not always possible, there are lots of treatment options. Which should you choose?
These rarely have side effects except for maybe an irritated nose or a bitter taste in your mouth. You can try a moisturizing nasal gel after you use the spray or switch to a different type if your nose gets irritated. Talk to your doctor if they bother you.
Steroid spray. These can help with most allergy symptoms like sneezing, itching, runny nose, and congestion (stuffiness). Because they are so effective and rarely have side effects, they are a very popular allergy treatment. They are often the first things doctors recommend along with taking an antihistamine.
They may start to work right away. But for some people, it can take 1-2 weeks before they help you feel better. To help them work their best, use them every day.
Decongestant spray. These prescription and nonprescription sprays can help unclog stuffy noses by reducing boggy swelling inside your nasal passages. Don't use them for more than 3 days to avoid "rebound congestion" which is a worsening of your symptoms when you stop..
Cromolyn sodium spray. These nonprescription sprays (such as Nasalcrom) help prevent allergy symptoms. They calm some of the body's reaction to allergens. You usually have to use them for a few days before they start to work.
You may want to try these on their own or with a nasal spray to get allergy relief.
Antihistamines. Prescription and nonprescription antihistamines can help if you sneeze, itch, and have a runny nose. But they don't ease congestion. Newer prescription antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy. Sometimes your doctor will suggest these together with a decongestant and maybe a steroid nasal spray.
Decongestants. They shrink swollen nasal tissues and relieve stuffy noses. Decongestants don't usually work as quickly in pill form as they do in sprays.