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How can nasal corticosteroids help with treating hay fever?

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These are considered the safest and most effective treatment. They have few side effects and will greatly ease your symptoms. It may take a few days for them to work, so start to take them a week or two before pollen season begins. In the U.S., several OTC brands are available including budesonide, fluticasone, and triamcinolone.

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FDA.gov: “Allergies”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Rhinitis (Hay Fever)”

FDA.gov: “Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics)

Seidman, M.D. Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, February 2015.

Mayo Clinic: “Dark Circles Under Eyes.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Pollen Allergy”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Diagnosis of Environmental Allergies.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Hay Fever and Allergy Medications.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Rhinitis.”

Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: “Allergy Medications.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Immunotherapy for Environmental Allergies.”

US National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health: “Hay Fever and Dust Mite Allergies: Medication for the Relief of Allergic Rhinitis.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA.gov: “Allergies”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Rhinitis (Hay Fever)”

FDA.gov: “Is Rinsing Your Sinuses Safe?”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics)

Seidman, M.D. Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, February 2015.

Mayo Clinic: “Dark Circles Under Eyes.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Pollen Allergy”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Diagnosis of Environmental Allergies.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Hay Fever and Allergy Medications.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergic Rhinitis.”

Ohio State University Wexler Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: “Allergy Medications.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Immunotherapy for Environmental Allergies.”

US National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health: “Hay Fever and Dust Mite Allergies: Medication for the Relief of Allergic Rhinitis.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

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