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How is hay fever treated?

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Start with prevention. Limit outdoor activities when pollen counts are high. Nasal irrigation and saline sprays can help remove allergens from your nose. You can buy saline sprays over-the-counter, or you can make your own. Use salt and boiled, sterile, or distilled water, but not tap water. Pour or spray into your nose with a neti pot, nasal syringe, or squeeze bottle.

If your symptoms don’t go away, some over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications work well. If you have a severe allergy you might try immunotherapy, a long-term process that lowers your response.

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

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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