Q: I have learned recently that certain hay fever medications that contain a decongestant can raise your blood pressure. I have had nasal congestion for years. A simple anti-histamine just doesn’t work like the remedies with a decongestant. I have also had some blood pressure problems over the years. So I am avoiding decongestants for the time being. I am a little surprised, however, that the Pharmaceutical industry has not developed a decongestant which does not affect one’s blood pressure. Do you have any news on the matter?
A: Depending upon what is causing your nasal congestion, you may be able to use a nose spray to control your symptoms. The spray stays in the nasal mucosa. The medicine is not absorbed by the body. As a result blood pressure is not affected. Ask your doctor if a nasal spray is right for you.