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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Why Using Medications Could Make Your Allergies Worse

By July 15, 2012

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Allergies are miserable no doubt about it. For those of us who suffer, turning to over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications can be the difference between functioning, or not. What you may not know is that choosing certain OTC could make your symptoms even worse.

Rebound congestion is an increase in congestion that sometimes becomes unmanageable and is brought on by the use of allergy medications which include steroids,  including pseudoephedrine. Rebound congestion is sometimes referred to as nasal spray addiction because it can be caused by excessive use of Afrin (oxymetazoline). Rebound congestion can occur after just 3 days of use.

The good news is that not all OTC allergy medications cause rebound congestion, and some of the newer prescription nasal sprays claim not to cause rebound congestion as well. For more information on which medications to use read: Rebound Congestion.

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