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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can i tell me how i can stop hay fever?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Treatment: You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, and use eye drops. I start with zaditor which is over the counter and this fails consider prescription mess such as bepreve (bepotastine besilate). Tough cases do well on alrex. Talk to your eye doctor.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How could i tell if I have hay fever or a cold?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Time: Early on the symptoms may seem similar, but a cold will resolve after 7-10 days while allergies are more prolonged. With hay fever (allergic rhinitis) there is more itching and sneezing and the nasal mucus is predominately clear and watery. Frequently there are eye itching, redness with allergies and no fever. Allergies respond to antihistamines more so than colds.
A 36-year-old member asked:

It just a cold or is it hay fever? How can I tell?

1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Cold vs. Hay fever: Colds often occur during the late fall/winter, lasting several days; seasonal allergies occur during the spring and late summer/early fall pollen seasons lasting weeks. Colds may have fever, sore throat, discolored drainage, body aches, cough; allergies symptoms may include itching eyes, nose and throat, sneezing and clear drainage. Allergy symptoms may be worse outdoors with pollen exposure.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are hay fever symptoms?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Sneezing, runny nose: Sneezes , runny nose, and a blocked nose are the most common symptoms. The post-nasal drips may lead to coughing. Many would have itchy and watery eyes. Depending on what you are allergic to , there may be a seasonal pattern. Associated symptoms may include fatigue, impairment in memory and cognitive function. Complications include sinusitis and dental malocclusion from mouth-breathing.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have a cold or hay fever?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Treatment: Time. Allergies should get better with treatment. You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, talk to your eye doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me what I did wrong to get hay fever?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 45 years experience
Picked wrong parents: Hay fever aka allergic rhinitis is an inherited condition. I like to say that noses run in families. One or both of your parents probably have allergic rhinitis, asthma or eczema. If one parent has one of these atopic diseases your chances are 50:50. If both are affected your risk in ~80%. If neither parent has allergies your risk is only 10%.

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