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How do medications treat acute rhinitis?

Decongestants can be used to reduce the nasal congestion of acute rhinitis. These medications shrink the mucous membrane of the nasal passages. Many decongestants can be taken orally, while some are in the form of a nasal spray. Nasal sprays should only be used as directed, and only for a few days. Antihistamines keep the body from having allergic reactions that cause acute rhinitis. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.

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