How to treat Chronic Hay Fever

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to treat Chronic Hay Fever

Chronic hay fever generates great discomfort to the patient who, regardless of the season, presents the symptoms of this condition: frequent sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose, nasal obstructions and sometimes even lack of smell. Faced with such a condition, medical treatment and limited contact to the allergens that cause discomfort are the best ways to improve symptoms. Want to know more? We explain in detail here at how to treat chronic hay fever.

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Currently the most effective remedies to treat hay fever are intranasal corticosteroids, which play a powerful effect in reducing the discomfort caused by the symptoms of this condition without producing the side effects of oral steroids, allowing the patient to perform daily activities without difficulty. It is important to follow the treatment and use it only for the recommended time.

How to treat Chronic Hay Fever - Step 1

It is important that at the beginning of treatment you apply nasal saline solutions, as this will help us to remove crusts and accumulated mucus and fluidizing secretions which facilitates the action of intranasal steroids. In our article How to make a saline solution for nasal congestion we explain the simple process.

How to treat Chronic Hay Fever - Step 2

In patients with high nasal congestion a topical nasal decongestant can be used for a few days to promote the action of nasal corticosteroids thus achieving more effective breathing as well as ensuring a rapid symptom reduction. This alternative is perfect for those times of the year in which the discomfort increases.


Antihistamines are very useful in the management of chronic hay fever, although currently considered second line, after the inhaled corticosteroids. These control runny noses, sneezing and nasal and ocular pruritus, but are useless in controlling nasal congestion. They are used primarily to reduce the impact of the symptoms of this disease.


Immunotherapy is indicated in patients with severe symptoms which are not controlled with common pharmacological measures, and also have other respiratory conditions like asthma. Treatment is expensive, slow and the duration of any beneficial effects is unknown. This procedure must be performed by a specialist.


There are other useful tricks you can use around your house to get your symptoms down to a minimum:

  • Use bedding covers on your bed so you are not as exposed to mites as you would be.
  • Make sure you use a dehumidifier in your home, especially if you suspect you have mold.
  • Wear sunglasses during periods of high pollination so that pollen doesn't get into direct contact with your eyes.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Consideration should be given to specialist-liaison with patients who do not respond to initial therapy or in which any structural abnormality is suspected.

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