If you, like 50 million other Americans, suffer from this perennial pest, you probably think you’ve tried it all. You’ve taken the do-nothing approach, optimistic your hay fever would vanish on its own. You’ve tested out-there “cures” that worked for your aunt’s best friend’s brother (but alas, not for you). And from an Rx or two, you’ve gotten relief—plus pesky side effects. To find solutions that actually work, we scoured the latest research.
Here’s what we found.
Steroids is a scary word, but spraying a corticosteroid into nasal passages is safe and can help control the inflammation that goes with an allergic reaction, says Jackie S. Eghrari-Sabet, MD, founder of Family Allergy and Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, MD. You’ll need a prescription for steroid sprays such as Nasonex, Dymista, and QNASL, but the FDA recently approved Nasacort Allergy 24Hr as an OTC option.
Source: Prevention Magazine