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Immunology and allergy clinics of North America

The role of decongestants, cromolyn, guafenesin, saline washes, capsaicin, leukotriene antagonists, and other treatments on rhinitis.


PMID 21737044

Abstract

Clinical symptoms of allergic and nonallergic rhinitis are similar despite the significant difference in underlying mechanisms. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments can be used as effective and affordable therapeutic modalities when recommended by a physician. Adjunct treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy, have become increasingly popular. Most of the treatments reviewed in this article are available OTC and are a likely choice for patients suffering from acute or chronic rhinitis. This article provides an overview of treatment suggestions, benefits, and side effects for available OTC, prescription drug, and alternative choices in addition to the therapies described in other articles.