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Who’s NOT suffering from hay fever?  This season, while milder than last year, turns out to be bitter-sweet for many people because the onset of sneezing, itches, runny noses and headache is just so prevalent.  We recommend that you combine a tablet anti-histamine with local targeted treatments to nostrils and eyes to get the best effect.

Here are some best practice tips to help you get the best out of your hay fever medication.

  • Drowsiness is often a risk even with the newer oral antihistamines – please be careful before you drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery just in case you are sensitive to this effect.
  • Using a saline nasal spray or rinse can liquefy secretions, cleanse and soothe the lining of the nose and allow the anti-inflammatory sprays to work much more effectively.  Saline is currently a popular choice among specialists. There is good evidence to suggest that asthmatics who look after their sinuses well will need less asthma medication.
  • Consider adding Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids) to your daily supplements as it will help to moderate the histamine release.
  • ***New Product Alert*** Dymista is a combination nasal spray, where benefits are seen as quickly as 5 minutes after the spray. A breakthrough in allergy treatment, this treatment seems to work twice as effectively as other common allergy meds. There is no known rebound congestion. Try it if you have hit a road-block with your other treatments – just ONE dose per day should help with the symptoms all day and all night.

Come and chat to Pharmacy staff to find out what is best for you.  #heretohelp