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Understanding allergy medications

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You may need a combination of pills and nasal sprays to find relief from allergy symptoms.

Find relief with antihistamines, steroid sprays, decongestants, or shots.

Finding the right way to treat your allergies takes careful management with a doctor's supervision. There are many options, and figuring out what works best may require some experimentation. "We generally begin with over-the-counter products. If they're not helpful, we can go to prescription medications and nasal sprays," says Dr. John Dobrowski, an otolaryngologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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