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Treating hay fever without medicine? are there any natural treatments that work? ive tried all kinds of different medicines and they just dont work for me. the only one that kind of works makes me so drowsy its not worth it. im hoping theres somethin

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Dr. Mark Lacambra answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Hay : Hay fever is often part of a triad that includes asthma, eczema, and hayfever. Hayfever alone is generally not imperative to treat, so treating the symptoms alone is up to the individual. Occassionaly, untreated hayfever can contribute to complications like nasal polyps that are more difficult and serious to treat, but that is rare. The only non-medicinal approaches i can think of are to avoid the triggers (allergy testing with bloodwork can help find out what these are) and to try a netti-pot or an equivalent saline sinus rinse system. These are not proven by any solid evidence but anecdotally, some people swear by them. Worth a try if you really want to avoid meds. For what it's worth, there are some meds that don't cause drowziness, like fluticasone, that i consider safe to use. Good luck! dr. Lacambra sandpoint internal medicine.

Answered 3/22/2017


Dr. Arthur Torre answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Control environment: See an allergist and find out what you're allergic to. Then discuss with them ways to reduce exposure to the allergens. It may be as simple as covering mattress, box spring and pillow and keeping windows closed during pollen season.

Answered 11/8/2015



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