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Hay Fever prevention & treatments.
Hay Fever Prevention & Treatment Options Affecting around three million Australians, hay fever can have a significant impact on sufferers, causing lack of sleep and reduced productivity at work or school. Although it can’t be cured, the symptoms can be managed to some extent. An allergy test can determine the source of the problem, which in turn can help with prevention and treatment strategies – avoiding or limiting exposure, for example. The right treatment can be effective in reducing your symptoms. You should seek advice from your doctor or a pharmacist about which treatment will relieve your particular symptoms based on their severity. Some treatment options include; Antihistamine tablets or syrup Combination drugs, which contain an antihistamine and a decongestant Decongestant sprays & Intranasal corticosteroid nasal sprays Natural products, such as saltwater nasal sprays or douches Another option may be allergen-specific immunotherapy (also known as ‘desensitisation’). This therapy tries to switch off the allergic reaction by repeatedly introducing small doses of allergen extracts by injection or via drops under the tongue. This is a long-term option which is often administered over a few years, and should only be initiated by a medical specialist such as a Clinical immunologist.