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2 Things That Can Help Your Hayfever

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When spring rolls around, the plants, trees, and grasses all start spitting out pollen. That's how they reproduce. However, for people, pollen isn't necessarily all that good. There are a lot of people who have hay fever. Hay fever is a catch-all phrase that covers allergies to pollen. It's just easier to say that you have hay fever than it is to say that you are allergic to the sugar maple tree, crabgrass, and tulips. If you have hay fever, there are a lot of things that you can do to help alleviate your hay fever symptoms.

Nasal Sprays

You can pick from prescription or over-the-counter nasal sprays. The nasal spray helps to constrict and dry up your nasal passages. Since allergies can cause your nose to run, drying up the nasal passages can make you feel much better. Generally, the prescription nasal spray is stronger and may also include steroids which can help with the inflammation that allergies can cause. The most common over-the-counter nasal spray is a saline spray. Saline is a simple mixture of salt and water. Spraying it into your nose during hay fever season can help soothe your nose and possibly wash some of the allergens out of your nasal passages. Either way, it can help you feel much more comfortable. A prescription nasal spray is also a good choice because it acts quicker than some other methods because it gets sprayed right on the affected nasal passages. 


Just like with nasal sprays, there are both prescription and OTC medications. Some of the OTC medications started out as prescription medication but are available as a less strong version that you can get at the pharmacy. An over-the-counter medication shouldn't be used for a long period of time, so if a few days of an OTC medication doesn't really give you the result you are looking for, you should go see your doctor. They will be able to give you a stronger medication that you can take on a more long-term basis. That can help you feel better. If just the pills or just the nasal spray don't help or you have severe hay fever, your doctor may give you the option to take both a pill and a nasal spray. The combination of the two methods should help you to feel better. 

Hay fever may have a funny name, but it is nothing to sneeze at. There are things that you can do that will help you feel better.