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How are steroids used to treat allergies?

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Steroids, also called corticosteroids, can lower swelling that comes with allergies. They prevent and treat sneezing and stuffy, runny, or itchy nose. They also help with red, itchy eyes. These drugs can be used for allergies, hay fever, and asthma. They come in pills, nose sprays, inhalers, eye drops, or skin creams. Steroids work very well, but must be taken regularly and often when you don’t have symptoms. It may take 1-2 weeks for the medication to kick in fully.

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 11, 2019

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 11, 2019

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