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Nasal Decongestants

A stuffy nose is a major distraction, especially when you lie down to sleep at night or are trying to concentrate at work. Nasal congestion has a variety of causes. This symptom is commonly associated with colds, sinus problems and allergies. At Walgreens, we offer a variety of products that help relieve nasal congestion and stuffiness. These products are available without a prescription. There are options for daytime and nighttime use. Unlike certain allergy and antihistamine medications you take by mouth, nasal decongestant sprays don't tend to cause drowsiness.

How Do Nasal Sprays Work?

When you need fast relief for symptoms like nasal stuffiness, pain and pressure, nasal decongestant sprays with an ingredient called phenylephrine hydrochloride are available. Nasal sprays with phenylephrine or another ingredient called oxymetazoline hydrochloride can help open up clogged nasal passages and shrink swollen nasal passages. These products work quickly to temporarily relieve congestion due to colds or allergies and are available in easy-to-use spray bottles and metered pumps that deliver the appropriate amount of medication quickly.

Long-Lasting Relief

Non-prescription nasal sprays with phenylephrine or oxymetazoline are commonly used for relief of cold and allergy symptoms. Some nasal decongestants offer up to 12 hours of relief from nasal symptoms so you don't have to use it more than twice a day. Some decongestant nasal sprays contain ingredients like aloe that help moisturize dry, irritated nasal membranes as they help relieve stuffiness.

How to Use Nasal Spray

How can you get the maximal benefits from a decongestant spray? Read the directions carefully before using any type of nasal spray and don't use it for longer than three days. If you're taking medications or have a chronic medical condition, talk to your doctor before using a decongestant or cold product.

Nasal Spray for Kids

What about colds and allergies in children? Some of the same non-drowsy relief formulas for nasal stuffiness and congestion are available for kids age four and over. Always talk to your pediatrician to find out which product is right for your child.

Drug-Free Relief of Nasal Congestion and Stuffiness

Are you looking for a natural way to relieve nasal congestion? Medication-free nasal aids are available. These products are formulated with a soothing blend of essential oils that work together to open up clogged and swollen nasal passages. Best of all, they may offer benefits without the side effects of oral medications. As with all medications, read the directions before using. Some medication-free nasal aids aren't recommended for children under the age of 12.

Saline Sprays

Saline nasal sprays can help lubricate dry, irritated nasal passages and loosen thickened mucous so you can breathe easier. The saline in these products is sterile and can be beneficial for both children and adults. Because saline nasal sprays are free of medications, you can use them as often as needed to clear your nasal passages. Like other nasal decongestants, they come in a convenient spray bottle that delivers a fine, soothing mist into your nasal passages. Carry a bottle with you during allergy season.