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What is a good natural or hollistic remedy to care for seasonal allergies?

What is a good natural or hollistic remedy to care for seasonal allergies?

Allergy shots: Allergy shots are essentially an all-natural treatment (cure) for seasonal allergies. With allergy shots, you are given injections of small amounts of your allergens (pollen for example), and the dose is slowly increased to build a tolerance to your allergens. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for seasonal allergies?

What is the best treatment for seasonal allergies?

Lots of Options: Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful, however the gold-standard treatment are daily intranasal steroid sprays like Flonase or Nasonex (mometasone) if your symptoms are more severe. Avoidance of triggers is important. Allergy shots are also option. See Allergist to determine sensitivities and what medications could give you lasting relief. ...Read more

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What's the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

What's the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

The one that works: Allergic rhinitis is a condition where your nasal mucosa reacts to allergens, like grass, trees, pollen, animal dander, molds, ect. Multiple chemical mediators such as histamine and leukotrienes are released that cause the reaction. Treating with an antihistamine, anti-leukotriene or nasal steroid spray could block the effects of the allergen. Also flushing with saline can get rid of the offender. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

Please describe the most effective allergy treatment for hay fever?

See details: Several things may help including antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays and allergy injections. Antihistamines include zyrtec and Allegra and sprays include Flonase and nasonex (mometasone). Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there natural remedies for dealing with seasonal allergies?

Are there natural remedies for dealing with seasonal allergies?

Few: Allergy "shots" contain increasing amounts of the allergen. Repeated injection of increasing concentration of the allergen can desensitize you and decrease the allergic response. Aside from avoidance, there are few natural means of dealing with allergies. Antihistamines block some of the symptoms but can cuase drowsiness. Mast cell stabilizers can block the allergic response altogether. ...Read more

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What else do you recommend for bad seasonal allergies? Tried nearly everything OTC and prescription. Any homeopathic remedies or home remedies? Thanx

What else do you recommend for bad seasonal allergies? Tried nearly everything OTC and prescription. Any homeopathic remedies or home remedies? Thanx

Immunotherapy: Sublingual immunotherapy may be just what you are looking for. First dose of the pollen formulation is administered under the supervision of the allergist and subsequent doses are taken at home. Unfortunately not all pollens are available for this mode of treatment but have you considered allergy shots? (not to be confused with steroid shots for allergy) ...Read more

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My 7 year old suffers from severe seasonal allergies and has been prescribed daily doses of antihistamine, can you suggest any natural remedies?

My 7 year old suffers from severe seasonal allergies and has been prescribed daily doses of antihistamine, can you suggest any natural remedies?

Honey: Some natural therapists might recommend regular use of honey made from local bees to gently expose intestinal immune system to these antigens as a type of immunotherapy. Omega oils in fish, flax, & other foods can counteract inflammatory effects potentiated by saturated fats in our foods. Avoid damaged (fried and cooked) fats, which enhance inflammatory processes in the body. No sodas! ...Read more

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Reduce severe seasonal allergies?

Reduce severe seasonal allergies?

Meds & allergy shots: The best treatment for seasonal allergy is immunotherapy (allergy shots), which can cure the disease altogether. Medications such as antihistamines and nasal steroids are possible treatments as well. ...Read more

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How can I cure seasonal allergies?

How can I cure seasonal allergies?

Go for control: While a "cure" is unlikely, seasonal allergies can be controlled long term by undergoing allergen immunotherapy or allergy shots. They work for 80% of persons and can decrease symptoms and medication need. After 3-5 years of injections, most people have long lasting relief after injections are stopped. Medications help, but as soon after meds are stopped, symptoms return. ...Read more

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How to deal with seasonal allergies?

How to deal with seasonal allergies?

Antihistamines: There are several newer antihistamines that are now over the counter. Allegra, zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine) to name a few. Try these at suggested dosage. If they don't work, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to deal with your seasonal allergies?

How to deal with your seasonal allergies?

Medications or Shots: For some people over the counter antihistamines control many allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny & itchy nose. For nasal congestion, post nasal drip & headache, a prescription corticosteroid spray is often needed. For some people medications don't completely control symptoms or they must take them continuously. Allergy shots help get rid of the cause of allergy and decrease medication needs. ...Read more

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What medicine to take for seasonal allergies?

Several choices: The most effective treatment for relief of seasonal allergies are prescription nasal steroid sprays (qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) rhinocort, flonase). If symptoms are mild then over the counter zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help. It's best to start treating seasonal allergies before the "season" starts. This is a prevention approach. If the above meds haven't controlled symptoms, consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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What are good options for? Seasonal allergies?

What are good options for? Seasonal allergies?

Seasonal treatment: Otc medications such as Loratadine started a few weeks before the "season" and continued until the season is complete. More targeted therapy such as eye drops and nasal antihistamines or steroids may do just as well or be added to the Loratadine if necessary. ...Read more

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How to relieve seasonal allergies in natural way?

How to relieve seasonal allergies in natural way?

Allergy injections: The most natural way to control significant seasonal allergies that is proven by scientific method is allergy injections [allergy shots]. Over time, the injections can decrease a persons sensitivity that last beyond when the shots were stopped. Medications treat symptoms; allergy shots are "disease modifying" season after season after season. The science on supplements, herbals, etc is lacking. ...Read more

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What is the best way to manage seasonal allergies?

Allergy Control: Medications used regularly usually help (claritin, allegra, (fexofenadine) zurtec, etc). It's always helpful to limit your exposure to allergens... Close your windows, encase your bedding, use a certified hepa vacuum cleaner, eliminate fabric softeners and scents, banish pets from the bedroom, etc. See your doctor, allergist or ENT specialist if your symptoms don't improve. ...Read more

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What is the best way to manage seasonal allergies?

Allergies: If staying indoors during high pollen days and medications don't do the trick, then the best long term answer is desensitization by allergen immunotherapy, it decreases your dependence on medications and provides you with long term relief. Consult an allergist and get tested and see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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Dealing with seasonal allergies, I need help please!?

Dealing with seasonal allergies, I need help please!?

Many options: You don't provide much information so, let's begin at the beginning. Reduce your exposure to allergens and perform daily nasal irragation before going to bed to remove them before sleeping. Consider otc antihistamines and, if this fails with regular use, talk to an allergist or ENT about medication to help with your symptoms and consider testing for triggers. ...Read more

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Could seasonal allergies occur even when you're not outside?

Could seasonal allergies occur even when you're not outside?

Yes: Pollen is so small that it can blow through window screens and be tracked indoors by persons, pets and when the doors are opened. Clothes dried on a clothesline will collect pollen and may trigger symptoms when worn. Even though the majority of time is spent indoors, it doesn't take much pollen to trigger an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Hi, what should I take for seasonal allergies please help me?

Hi, what should I take for seasonal allergies please help me?

Seasonal allergies: Know the triggers, avoid them as much as you can, take second generation antihistamines: cetirizine or loratadine or fexofenadine, unless contraindicated, take them on regular basis not only as needed, saline nasal washes every day no matter what. If all fails you need to see an Allergist/Immunologist for evaluation, good luck ...Read more

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Can yoghurt prevent seasonal allergies?

Can yoghurt prevent seasonal allergies?

No: There is no conclusive evidence that use of yogurt will prevent seasonal allergies ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause headaches?

Can seasonal allergies cause headaches?

No,: It is a misconception that allergies cause headaches. However, allergies can cause sinus congestion, which can lead to headache pain. If you have allergies, the treatment for your allergy will not relieve your headache pain. The two conditions generally must be treated separately. See your doctor to ensure proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies shorten life expectancy?

Can seasonal allergies shorten life expectancy?

Severity dependent: Allergies if sever and left untreated could lead to recurrent bacterial infections as well as lung conditions and or infections that would mimic the effects of being a chronic smoker. In this way, yes. ...Read more

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Would a detox diet help cure seasonal allergies?

Would a detox diet help cure seasonal allergies?

Not likely: The only way that would help would be if something in your normal diet is causing you allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can prevent seasonal allergies?

Can I tell me how I can prevent seasonal allergies?

Challenging task: The best approach to treating allergies is avoidance, medications and allergy injections. Avoidance measures may be impractical for seasonal pollens. Medications that are started before the allergy season is better than waiting for symptoms to occur. The best long term treatment is allergy shots from board certified allergist. This can provide long lasting relief even after injections are done. ...Read more

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Which are some natural cures for seasonal allergies?

Which are some natural cures for seasonal allergies?

Natural cures: No proven natural cures for nasal allergies exist; especially not regionally harvested honey (urban legend). Some persons might consider allergy shots a natural remedy, and allergy shots, given in the correct dose, once or twice per month can cure allergies, or at least induce a long-lasting remission. ...Read more

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What can I give my 9 month old for seasonal allergies?

What can I give my 9 month old for seasonal allergies?

Is it Allergy?: Although it's not impossible, it is unusual for infants that age to have seasonal allergies. It usually requires that there would have been prior exposure to the same allergens in the past; even in the most genetically likely children (ie both parents have allergies). Last time the current allergies were out there, your baby wasn't born yet. Make sure that's the reason for the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can hot flashes be associated with seasonal allergies?

Can hot flashes be associated with seasonal allergies?

Not likely: Seasonal allergies can lead to sneezing, runny nose, congestion, itchy nose, post nasal drip with cough, and fatigue. While there are some allergic conditions that involve "flushing" where there is mast cell release of histamine, called mastocytosis, hot flashes are not associated with seasonal or perennial allergies. ...Read more

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Do you know of natural ways to prevent seasonal allergies?

Do you know of natural ways to prevent seasonal allergies?

Allergy shots: Allergy shots or allergen immunotherapy as administered by an allergist contains the natural allergens (tree, grass, weed, etc) a person is allergic to and in small amounts is injected. Each week the dose is gradually increased. This is the best, long term and natural way to treat seasonal allergies that will have long lasting results. ...Read more

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I have seasonal allergies, what can allergy shots do for me?

May help: Allergy testing can show what you are most sensitive to and "desensitizing you to these allergens can be helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Seasonal Allergies (Definition)

An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, ...Read more