Health Watch -- Fall Allergies: Medication
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Dr. David Khan, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says over-the-counter medications are a good place to start. Antihistamines help with sneezing and runny nose, while decongestants ease stuffy noses. Avoid decongestant nasal sprays, which can be addicting. If over-the-counter drugs aren't effective or if side effects like drowsiness bother you, you may need to see a doctor. Prescription medications may be more effective, and allergy shots can help make allergy sufferers less sensitive to allergens.
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