Allergic Rhinitis and Nasal Decongestant Sprays
A common symptom of allergic rhinitis is congestion. Nasal decongestant sprays, also known as topical decongestants, can reduce congestion, making it easier for you to breathe and less likely that you will develop an infection (such as sinusitis).
Common brand names include:
Decongestants can also be taken in oral form.
Effect of Nasal Decongestant Sprays on Allergic Rhinitis
The mucus that produces congestion is part of the immune system's inflammatory response to allergens. Decongestants work by shrinking the tissues and blood vessels that have become inflamed.
Side Effects and Warnings
These products should only be used temporarily. Long-term use can result in increased swelling and congestion, as well as dependency.