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Can antihistamine allergy medicines treat sinus problems?

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Antihistamine allergy medicines may help if your sinus problems are related to allergies. Over-the-counter products include cetirizine, diphenhydramine, fexofenadine, and loratadine. If your problems don’t go away, talk to your doctor about getting an allergy skin test.

From: 6 Steps to Fight Sinus Problems WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC. American Academy of Family Physician's FamilyDoctor.org web site, "Sinusitis" and "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

American Academy of Otolaryngology web site: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches" and "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

FDA web site: "FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

The Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): "Prevention."

News release, FDA. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC. American Academy of Family Physician's FamilyDoctor.org web site, "Sinusitis" and "Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion."

American Academy of Otolaryngology web site: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches" and "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

FDA web site: "FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

The Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases web site: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): "Prevention."

News release, FDA. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 15, 2018

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