What Allergy Medicine Prevents Facial Puffiness?

Let’s face it; people’s faces get puffy when battling allergies. It is a natural occurrence stemming from engorged nasal passages, which is where the excess of mucus flows as a defense mechanism to allergens. Below are a few options on how to avoid looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie “Ghostbusters”:


Antihistamines are at the core of every allergy attack. Antihistamines come in many forms, but are mostly prevalent in pills and nasal sprays such as Sudafed or Nasonex, respectively. These generally will attack the root of the allergy symptoms and, in most cases, will prevent the face and neck from continuing to swell.


Ibuprofen is also a common cure for allergy-induced facial swelling. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, which by definition means it will reduce swelling or inflammation in lymph nodes or nasal passages due to allergies. As an added bonus, taking ibuprofen will also relieve any discomfort you may experiencing from a sinus headache.

Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano is a favorite of some, although most are unaware of its potential. This all-natural remedy will stop the flow of mucus and swelling of nasal passages by destroying the spores that cause the irritation in the first place. Note that there is a difference between oil of oregano and oregano extract. You will want to procure the oil to combat allergies, as the extract is a better stomach soother than anti-allergenic solution.

Witch Hazel

Not that witch hazel will eliminate the allergies, per se, but it is will reduce any swelling or puffiness when dabbed around the eyes. Naturally, you will want to be delicate with this thinner skin and avoid actually getting it in the eyes themselves.


Although the remedies will indeed reduce the puffiness in your face, you should always consult your doctor before starting any new medication, even over-the-counter types. Not only could any allergy to one of the medications occur, but there may be a reaction toward a medication you are currently taking that your doctor would be able to advise against.

Let's face it; people's faces get puffy when battling allergies. It is a natural occurrence stemming from engorged nasal passages