Hay Fever (cont.)
Hay Fever Treatment
Hay fever does not always require medical treatment.
Hay Fever Self-Care at Home
Avoid known or suspected allergens.
Hay fever symptoms lend themselves to home treatment.
- Gargle with warm salt water, 1-2 tablespoons of table salt in 8 ounces of warm water, to soothe a mildly sore throat.
- Take nonprescription antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to relieve symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and eyes. Caution - these medications may make you too drowsy to drive a car or operate machinery safely.
- For stuffy nose, a combination of an antihistamine and a decongestant such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Actifed) may work better.
Aneela Naureen Hussain, MD, MBBS
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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