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You might need just one med­i­ca­tion or a com­bi­na­tion so it’s best to con­sult your doc­tor to find out what would be most ef­fec­tive in your case.

Antihistamines are usu­ally ef­fec­tive at treat­ing itch­ing, sneez­ing and wa­tery eyes, but they may not help with clear­ing a blocked nose. When you know you’re likely to be ex­posed to an al­ler­gen, such as mow­ing the lawn, tak­ing an an­ti­his­tamine be­fore­hand will pro­vide bet­ter pro­tec­tion.

Cor­ti­cos­teroids have an an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect and so pre­vent symp­toms. Your GP may pre­scribe cor­ti­cos­teroid nasal sprays or drops if: » You have per­sis­tent hay fever that doesn’t re­spond to antihistamines » You mainly have a blocked nose.

Nasal de­con­ges­tants re­duce the swelling of the blood ves­sels in your nose, which makes breath­ing eas­ier. They shouldn’t be used for longer than seven days be­cause they may cause ir­ri­ta­tion in your nasal pas­sages and make con­ges­tion worse long term.

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