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what nasal decongestants could i use for my allergy?

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Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Allergy: It's best to limit your exposure to the allergens if possible. Antihistamines taken regularly may eliminate your symptoms. Decongestants can make you jittery, keep you awake or even cause high blood pressure! your pcp, ENT or allergist can do more if necessary.
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
No to decongestanats: The best decongestants are the nasal steroids, all of which require a prescription. Topical decongestants may cause damage if used for longer than 5 days. Oral decongestants can raise blood pressure even in young people in addition to the symptoms already mentioned.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
New Information: Just an fyi: in a recent jaci article (april 2011) a study showed that Veramyst combined with oxymetazoline (afrin) nightly for 4 weeks showed no "rebound congestion" or rhinitis medicamentosa. I have used this therapy, with other nasal steroids with excellent results. Usually the afrin is only 2 sprays at bedtime with the nasal steroid.

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Last updated Feb 19, 2015

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