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Glen Allen, VA
A 26-year-old female asked:

Today i've had allergy symptoms (itchy throat, sneezing, stuffed nose). i took allergy medicine and now my nose is running while stuffed. what do i do?

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
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Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays. Avoidance of triggers is important as well and allergy shots are also an option. Ipratroprium bromide sprays can be helpful for running, can add OTC Afrin (oxymetazoline) to regimen for a few days if severe. See Allergist for further workup and evaluation.
Dr. Mary David
Dr. Mary David commented
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beware of using Afrin like nose sprays for more than 3 days at a time since habituation can occur with rebound congestion upon stopping. Nasonex and Flonase are both available over the counter now
Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Corey Clay
Dr. Corey Clay commented
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
Nasonex is still available only by prescription, but Nasacort and Flonase are over the counter. Would still recommend discussing use with an Allergist even if using otc nasal steroids.
Apr 28, 2015
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Nasal steroid: Try nasal steroid. It may take a few days to get optimal benefits. If problem continues , see doctor or allergist.

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