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Did a large number of people have hayfever say 50 years ago and how did they manage their symptoms?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes. Immunotherapy.
The %age of hay fever sufferers has been rising since around 1800, the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Antihistamines have been in common use since ~1950. Decongestant pills and sprays were also used. Escaping to the mountains was a popular treatment that didn't work. Air conditioning (yes they had that then) does work. Allergy shots have been available since 1911 & are safe & effective.

In brief: Yes. Immunotherapy.
The %age of hay fever sufferers has been rising since around 1800, the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Antihistamines have been in common use since ~1950. Decongestant pills and sprays were also used. Escaping to the mountains was a popular treatment that didn't work. Air conditioning (yes they had that then) does work. Allergy shots have been available since 1911 & are safe & effective.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Salt water rinses
Rinsing your nose with salt water is an ancient remedy.
Our familiar friend the neti pot is centuries old. You know that anything with a sanskrit name has been in the neighborhood for a good long time.

In brief: Salt water rinses
Rinsing your nose with salt water is an ancient remedy.
Our familiar friend the neti pot is centuries old. You know that anything with a sanskrit name has been in the neighborhood for a good long time.
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes & Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
Hay fever is a 19th century term for allergic rhinitis (ar).
"fever" meant inflammation. Ragweed-triggered ar occurs in late summer, the season of cutting hay, and was thought to be due to hay. Ar became common during the industrial revolution. In the mid-20th century treatment relied on sedating antihistamines like benadryl (diphenhydramine). Oral decongestants like sudafed, and immunotherapy (allergy shots).

In brief: Yes & Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
Hay fever is a 19th century term for allergic rhinitis (ar).
"fever" meant inflammation. Ragweed-triggered ar occurs in late summer, the season of cutting hay, and was thought to be due to hay. Ar became common during the industrial revolution. In the mid-20th century treatment relied on sedating antihistamines like benadryl (diphenhydramine). Oral decongestants like sudafed, and immunotherapy (allergy shots).
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Arvind Madaan
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Hay Fever Management
It is difficult to quantify what would constitute a large number; the incidence is certainly rising and is projected to continue to do so.
Antihistamines have been around for many decades - they used to have shorter durations of action and caused more drowsiness. Newer agents are less sedating and last longer. Waiting "until the first frost" was fashionable; we are much better positioned now!

In brief: Hay Fever Management
It is difficult to quantify what would constitute a large number; the incidence is certainly rising and is projected to continue to do so.
Antihistamines have been around for many decades - they used to have shorter durations of action and caused more drowsiness. Newer agents are less sedating and last longer. Waiting "until the first frost" was fashionable; we are much better positioned now!
Dr. Arvind Madaan
Dr. Arvind Madaan
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