Sneezing Relief Options

14 Aug 2018

If your sneezing is caused by allergies, you will want a medicine with an antihistamine, like non-drowsy fexofenadine (or diphenhydramine HCl for nighttime use). which works by blocking the effects of histamine, the chemical that causes allergy symptoms like runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. Consider them your own personal allergy bodyguards, ever ready to keep those unpleasant allergy symptoms out of your nose, head and throat! 

You may also develop a stuffy nose and nasal congestion along with your sneezing. You’ll want to use a nasal decongestant, like pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine or oxymetazoline. These decongestants will shrink the mucus membranes in your nose that are swollen and inflamed that make you feel stuffy.

Oxymetazoline is also a decongestant, but it is only found in nasal sprays. Oxymetazoline is what is known as a “topical nasal decongestant.” That means it needs to be applied to the affected area rather than taken as a pill or liquid.

Some of these medicines may only be available behind your pharmacist’s counter. Some of these medicines also carry risks if abused. If you’re a parent, learn more about medicine abuse and how to combat it.

Use as directed.