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Doctor insights on: Hay Fever Vs Seasonal Allergies

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Is it hay fever or seasonal allergy worse?

Is it hay fever or seasonal allergy worse?

Both the same: These terms are use for essentially the same process. I don't know many people who hang around "hay" to get their hay fever, although there can be a lot of moldy or allergenic stuff in hay. The term evolved to mean the same thing as seasonal allergy.

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Dr. John Chiu
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Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Is hay fever a seasonal allergy in cold clinate?

Seasonal rhinitis: Hay fever is a misnomer for a form of seasonal rhinits. It may arise in any climate. We call it seasonal rhinitis and it is usually aggrevated in the spring or fall.

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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck.

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Did anyone ever had allergies or hay fever for 2 months or longer?

Did anyone ever had allergies or hay fever for 2 months or longer?

Many people Do: The duration of seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) depends on pollination of the particular plant and the part of the country. In the northern us, pollen seasons for trees, grass and weeds is about 6-10 weeks. However, if a person lives in the southern us the pollen season can be many months. Also, if a person is allergic to trees and grass, the pollen related symptoms can be over 2 months.

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What is the most appropriate hay fever medication to take for really bad hay fever allergies?

What is the most appropriate hay fever medication to take for really bad hay fever allergies?

Nasal sprays: The most effective treatment for allergic rhinitis (hay fever) are the nasal steroid sprays such as qnasl, nasonex, (mometasone) flonase, veramyst, etc. They are safe and Nasonex (mometasone) is approved down to age 2 years. While it takes a couple of days to see improvement, they are well worth it.

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What are good flowers to put in the garden in my yard that won't trigger my allergies (hay fever)?

What are good flowers to put in the garden in my yard that won't trigger my allergies (hay fever)?

See allergist: If you truly have hayfever, this is allergy just to ragweed, so you are safe to plant anything else. More likely, though, you have general seasonal allergies. It is impossible to say what specific flowers/plants any one individual would be allergic to without doing testing. One person can be very allergic to marigolds and roses, but do just fine with lilies and vinca. Use gloves when planting!

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Does local honey really help allergies/hay fever?

Does local honey really help allergies/hay fever?

No: Local honey may contain pollen, but it is not the pollen that causes allergic rhinitis. So there is no benefit from a allergy desensitization type mechanism.

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What is the best way to deal with ragweed allergy, hay fever, etc?

What is the best way to deal with ragweed allergy, hay fever, etc?

Ragweed allergy: Ragweed season is from 15th of august to the first frost in most of the midwest and western U.S. At one time people used to take 'ragweed' vacations and go to calfornia or europe to escape the season and severe symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestant and steroids help. Ideal treatment is evaluation by a trained allergy specialist and immunotherapy (allergy injections) for long term relief.

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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.

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Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Went hiking. Stayed in old cabin. Mouse allergy or hay-fever?

Maybe: Other potential causes are dust mites and mold. Allergy testing may be helpful.

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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.

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I have season allergies and get hay fever. Is it fine to not take any medication for that. I just think it protects me more from pathogens.

I have season allergies and get hay fever. Is it fine to not take any medication for that. I just think it protects me more from pathogens.

Not likely: "allergy" drugs simply control your symptoms and have really no direct effect on pathogens. This is an issue of your immune system and its ability to ward off thiese "bugs". Good Luck

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Which term is more commonly used: "hay fever" or "pollen allergy"?

Which term is more commonly used: "hay fever" or "pollen allergy"?

Pollen allergy: The old term "hay fever" is antiquated and not very descriptive as it usually is only sometimes related to hay and there is no fever. Therefore the more modern terms are seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis---meaning allergic inflammation of the nose. Pollen allergy would be a seasonal allergy triggered by pollen.

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Is it possible to cure allergies caused by pollen, dust, hay fever, etc. Without getting an allergy shot every two weeks?

Is it possible to cure allergies caused by pollen, dust, hay fever, etc. Without getting an allergy shot every two weeks?

No: You can help reduce your symptoms with avoidance and medications although allergy shots are really the only treatment option that can provide long term benefit even after stopping.

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I've been sneezing all day yesterday and today, but as far as i know, i don't suffer from hay fever or allergies. What could be causing this?

I've been sneezing all day yesterday and today, but as far as i know, i don't suffer from hay fever or allergies. What could be causing this?

Viral cold: If in fact you are not having allergic symptoms, you could just be in the early days of a viral cold. Often these infections will start with sneezing and itching and then after a few days will blossom into the typical symptoms of a cold such as nasal drip, congestion and sore throat and coughing.

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I want to try Ragwitek for Hay fever as opposed to allergy shots. The problem is that I am allergic to all pollens & dust. Would it help?

I want to try Ragwitek for Hay fever as opposed to allergy shots. The problem is that I am allergic to all pollens & dust. Would it help?

Yes and no: Ragwitek is an effective treatment for non severe asthmatics or others but this would only treat ragweed allergies. If this is your worst season then it is an effective treatment for those months but must be started 3 months prior. You would not be treating dust mite or other allergies you have though. If you have symptoms all year, allergy shots are more beneficial for you.

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