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Whats the best way to relieve hayfever/allergy symptoms that have persisted over 1 week?
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
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In brief: Several
I start with antihistamines.
Otc are available. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) loratadine, zyrtec & others. Next, use nasal steroids sprayed directly into the nasal passages. Other meds such as cromolyn and singulair may help. Though controversial for some, a pulse of oral steroids will rapidly abate the acute attack as will an im injeciton of short acting & long acting steroids. Chime in allergists!

In brief: Several
I start with antihistamines.
Otc are available. Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) loratadine, zyrtec & others. Next, use nasal steroids sprayed directly into the nasal passages. Other meds such as cromolyn and singulair may help. Though controversial for some, a pulse of oral steroids will rapidly abate the acute attack as will an im injeciton of short acting & long acting steroids. Chime in allergists!
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Cetirizine/Zyrtec
Cetirizine (generic of zyrtec) 10 mg, 1 tab, at bedtime is most likely of the otc antihistamines to give relief with minimal, if any sedation.
Response is variable so individuals who don't do well with Cetirizine occasionally respond to Loratadine (claritin) or fexofenadine (allegra). If these don't help see allergist who may give an intranasal corticosteroid nasal spray (very effective/safe).

In brief: Cetirizine/Zyrtec
Cetirizine (generic of zyrtec) 10 mg, 1 tab, at bedtime is most likely of the otc antihistamines to give relief with minimal, if any sedation.
Response is variable so individuals who don't do well with Cetirizine occasionally respond to Loratadine (claritin) or fexofenadine (allegra). If these don't help see allergist who may give an intranasal corticosteroid nasal spray (very effective/safe).
Dr. Martin Ostro
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