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The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has advice for coping with these classic hay fever symptoms. It recently published a guideline for health care providers caring for patients with these dreaded seasonal allergies.
"The guideline highlights the fact that cough is a common symptom of hay fever," said academy president Dr. Luz Fonacier. "Many people aren't aware of that, and especially as we face another spring with COVID-19, people should be aware that a cough isn't necessarily a COVID-19 symptom -- it can just be part of allergies."
The guideline recommends avoiding first-generation antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton). They can cause drowsiness and symptoms like dry mouth, dry eyes and constipation.
The guidelines say inhaled corticosteroids such as fluticasone (Flovent), mometasone (Asmanex HFA), budesonide (Entocort) and triamcinolone (Nasacort) are the most effective treatment if you have persistent allergy symptoms, especially if they're affecting your quality of life. They may even help control symptoms that accompany eye allergies, according to the ACAAI.
The oral decongestant pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) can help clear a stuffy nose, but is the main ingredient in methamphetamine (meth), the guidelines point out. As such, pseudoephedrine is only available by prescription or by special request from a pharmacist, depending on the state.
It's common for people who get tested for hay fever to be tested for food allergies at the same time, but this shouldn't be done because food allergies don't cause nasal symptoms, according to the guideline.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on hay fever.
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