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Should I use a nasal spray for my acute rhinitis?

If you are an adult, you can use a decongestant nasal spray for the nasal congestion due to acute rhinitis, but you should not use these for more than the time specified on the bottle. This is usually just a few days. Children ages 6-12 need adult supervision to use these, and should not use them under the age of 6 without a doctor's approval. Saline nasal sprays, which contain no decongestant, may be a safer alternative to help clear nasal congestion. 

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