It may take 2 or more weeks of steady use for your symptoms improve the most.
They are safe for children and adults.
For mild allergic rhinitis, a nasal wash can help remove mucus from your nose. You can buy a saline spray at a drugstore or make one at home. To make one, use 1 cup of warm water, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of baking soda.
When to Call the Doctor
Make an appointment with your health care provider if:
You have severe allergy or hay fever symptoms.
Your symptoms do not get better when you treat them.
You are wheezing or coughing more.
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David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.