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All About Decongestants

Muddling through congestion along with your sneezing and watery eyes? It may be time for an allergy medicine with a decongestant. Learn more about this allergy alternative.

1. What is it?

A decongestant relieves the congestion that makes breathing difficult.

2. How does it work?

A decongestant reduces swelling of nasal passages, temporarily relieving sinus congestion and pressure.

3. How does it differ from an Antihistamine?

Antihistamines relieve most symptoms by blocking the action of histamine in your system, but not the congestion.

4. When do you take it?

Take a decongestant when you suffer from sinus congestion and pressure along with typical allergy symptoms.

5. Where do you find it?

Get relief with decongestant products like Zyrtec®-D from your local drug store behind the pharmacy counter. No prescription is necessary.