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How do medications treat rhinitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Medications can treat the symptoms and sometimes the cause of rhinitis. Rhinitis occurs when the blood vessels in the nose swell, and decongestants narrows the blood vessels to decrease rhinitis congestion. Antihistamines can treat runny noses by drying up the mucous membrane in the nose. In addition, antihistamines can prevent allergic rhinitis from flaring up by preventing allergic reactions. Sometimes allergy shots can help prevent allergic reactions that cause allergic rhinitis as well. If rhinitis is caused by a bacterial infection (not a virus like the common cold), the infection can be fought with antibiotics that will kill bacteria. Talking to your doctor will help you determine which treatment may be best for your rhinitis.

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