Are over-the-counter medications available for rhinitis?

There are over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays that may help treat rhinitis. Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), and cetirizine (Zyrtec) may help relieve runny nose and other symptoms. Decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Actifed) and phenylephrine (Synephrine) may help you breathe easier. Saline nasal sprays can help clear out mucus and irritants and soothe your nose. Sometimes OTC drugs are adequate to treat rhinitis, but if side effects are a problem or the medications simply don't work well, you should talk to your doctor about other treatment options such as prescription medications.There are over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays that may help treat rhinitis. Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), loratadine (Claritin, Alavert), and cetirizine (Zyrtec) may help relieve runny nose and other symptoms. Decongestants like pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Actifed) and phenylephrine (Synephrine) may help you breathe easier. Saline nasal sprays can help clear out mucus and irritants and soothe your nose. Sometimes OTC drugs are adequate to treat rhinitis, but if side effects are a problem or the medications simply don't work well, you should talk to your doctor about other treatment options such as prescription medications.

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Rhinitis

The are two kinds of rhinitis (pronounced rye-NITIS): allergic and non-allergic. In allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever) your nose starts to run and your eyes itch because you are breathing something you are allergic to - -su...

uch as pollens, smoke or even perfumes. An allergist can help determine what you are allergic to and to determine if allergy shots might help. Some people have non-allergic rhinitis (not caused by allergies) that can last all year. The symptoms are a runny nose, nasal inflammation and stuffiness. Causes of this kind of rhinitis can be pollution, smoke or can be a side effect of medicines. There are effective ways to control non-allergic rhinitis including nasal sprays and decongestants; however, it's always safe to check with a doctor or pharmacist before beginning any medication. The right diagnosis is critical to controlling and treating your rhinitis.
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