You could usually check with your pharmacist and try to get rid of your hay fever symptoms with non-prescription medicines, such as antihistamines, nasal drops or eye drops.
If your symptoms do not subside even after using antihistamines, make an appointment to visit your GP. In such case, you need hay fever treatment with prescription medicines – such as corticosteroids.
Various hay fever treatment options are outlined below:
An antihistamine is the first drug of choice when it comes to hay fever treatment. They block the action of histamine that is released when your body reacts with an allergen, thereby stopping the allergic reaction. Antihistamines are effective at managing the hay fever symptoms such as sneezing, itchy or watery eyes and nasal congestion. They are available in the form of tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops.
- Nasal Decongestants
Blocked nose is probably one of the most distressing symptoms of hay fever. A nasal decongestant can relieve a blocked nose by reducing the swelling of blood vessels in the nose. It helps open up the nasal passage to make breathing easier. Remember that excessive use of nasal decongestants can cause irritation and dryness of the nose. Use it as advised by your GP or pharmacist.
- Eye Drops
Eye drops containing antihistamines or mast cell stabilisers are found to be extremely effective in reducing eye irritation, watering and itching. You must check the patient information leaflet for appropriate use of eye drops for hay fever. Common side effects include stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, which usually subside.
The anti-inflammatory properties make corticosteroids an ideal medicine for hay fever suffers when the above-mentioned hay fever treatments fail. Corticosteroids are available in the form of oral tablets and nasal sprays or drops. It is imperative that you use such hay fever treatment under the supervision of your GP.
Persistent hay fever sufferers who are not relieved by the above hay fever treatments need immunotherapy treatment. It involves gradual ingestion of small amount of an allergen (the one you are allergic to) and monitoring the allergic reaction. This is to improve your allergen tolerance, which can eventually improve your quality of life and have long-term relief.
Pharmacy Outlet is a UK’s registered online pharmacy that offers hay fever treatments such as antihistamines, nasal decongestants and eye drops.