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A 38-year-old member asked:

What's the best way to treat hay fever?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Allergy medicines: Hay fever (allergies) is usually due to pollens that are in the air. Some people are allergic to molds and other substances. One can wear a mask when working outdoors or when hiking. Avoid playing outdoors when the pollen or smog levels are high. Medicines such as Claritin otc, zyrtec otc, or prescription eye drops and nasal steroid sprays are helpful. Allergy shots are another option.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 52 years experience
Avoidence: The best way to treat hay fever is to avoid the allergic trigger. Medicine wise, nasal sprays with antihistamine (like patatanase or astepro) or steroids (like Veramyst or nasonex) or combination of both (like dymista) work better than anything by mouth. These all require a prescription. Finally if the medicines are not effective then allergy shots.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is an efficient way to treat hay fever?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 38 years experience
Efficient?: Unusual way to phrase it. Though most patients respond to OTC antihistamines, many don't, which would be a waste of money (thus inefficient). Likely more effective would be intranasal steroids (insurance covers these), though not for all symptoms. 20 yrs of hay fever? Four months of allergy injections very likely resolve the symptoms entirely. That's efficiency. Drug failure? An allergist can help
A 44-year-old member asked:

What remedies for hay fever are the best?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Treating hay fever: Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is best treated by topical nasal steroids starting just before the season and using it daily through the pollen season. The addition of nondrowsy antihistamines (claritin, allegra, zyrtec) used as needed if the nasal spray is not enough. For long term treatment, if symptoms are significant or hard to control, allergy injections can be very helpful.
Last updated Nov 27, 2017
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