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New hay fever guidelines

Many people who are familiar with the symptoms of hay fever – the itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing – will be interested in the latest research comparing antihistamine tablets and nasal steroid sprays.

Researchers quoted in the US-based Annals of Internal Medicine treating hay fever with a nasal steroid spray alone is a better option for those with seasonal hay fever, rather than adding antihistamine tablets into the mix.

Hay fever affects nearly one in five Australians and there are a range of treatments available over the counter, including antihistamines (tablets and sprays), intranasal steroid sprays, and decongestants.

Connie Katelaris, professor of Immunology and Allergy at Western Sydney University, said the revised guidelines are in line with what Australian experts recommend.

“This is basically what we teach here, which is that intranasal steroids are superior to all the other forms of treatment for allergic rhinitis — seasonal or perennial,” she said.

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COTA Victoria recommends people receive personal medical advice from their own doctor.

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