What is the best way to treat seasonal allergies?

Ah, spring! The time of the year when your nose runs faster than Usain Bolt and you start sneezing more often than a cat. Yes, folks – It’s allergy season! And if you are one of those unfortunate ones like me who fall prey to it every year, then hold on tight because in this article we will discuss everything about how to get rid of these pesky allergies.


Before we jump into treatments that can soothe our sniffles, let’s first understand what seasonal allergies entail. Our body encounters allergens such as pollen grains or dust mites resulting in immune dysfunction that leads to producing histamine which causes inflammatory responses exhibiting symptoms like runny nose, red and watery eyes, phlegm coughs etcetera.

Medications- Antihistamines

Antihistamines are medications that have been around for quite some time now and work wonders in controlling allergen reactions thanks to their ability to block histamine production by binding onto receptors present over cell surfaces.
Here I’ve compiled antihistamines suggested by leading medical associations like Mayo Clinic:

Antihistamines Dosage Side Effects
Loratadine 10mg once daily Headaches,Dizziness,Dry mouth,sleepiness
Desloratadine 5 mg once daily Fatigue,Mouth dryness,Nausea
Fexofenadine _ 180 mg/day First month / 60mg twice day after considering improvement_ Second Month onwards Altered sense of taste/mood changes/fatigue

As always its important during medication phases visitation with a local doctor is recommended to cater towards personal guidance to make sure best suited for the patient.

Medications- Decongestants

Along with antihistamines, decongestants prove effective in alleviating allergy symptoms that cause congestion by shrinking blood vessels present inside nasal passage linings. Worth mentioning is, they can be habit-forming and not recommended annually without physicians’ agreement .

​| Type of Decongestant | Dosage | Side Effects |
Pseudoephedrine Lamondine | 60mg every four hours | Jitters or shaky hands,inability to sleep,Pounding/Increased heart rate. |
Phenylephrine ​ ​ ​​5mg every hour​​ ​supplemental Zinc drops​ |- To those prone to Rhinovirus ___Further research needed on effectiveness__

Speak with a pharmacist before choosing a treatment regimen which has close monitoring through follow up visits if necessary with an expert.

It is important known over-the-counter medication like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), prescribed medication like beta-blockers, and some health supplements too have a contradiction pathway acting as triggers and worsens seasonal allergies worsening symptoms.

Immunotherapy Treatment

If you’re looking for long-term relief along the road ahead then hypo-sensitisation therapy aka allergen immunotherapy(1) may be your middle name.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology suggests critically evaluating different forms: sublingual(name) involves placing dissolves under tongue several times per week while subcutaneous (name)sL therapeutic shots administered per month at medical facilities making it harder more worthwhile as dust mites, pollen etc..are generally only treatable via professional grade vaccinations failing efficient results from OTC pharmacological treatments discussed above.

Immunotherapy’s efficacy requires much time, expenses and largely variable factors others may find medication forms proving more successful on paper.

Home Remedies

Now moving to the camp of grandma’s recipes, here are some tried and true ways to ease your allergy symptoms from the comfort of your home:

  • Salt Water Rinse: Washing passages of allergens with a combination warm water (1cup)/table salt(1tsp) twice daily ​may reduce mucosal response especially during high se#asons

Regular saline solution drops in a nasal sprays or neti pots over counter

Acupuncture treatments: A low-risk non-evasive Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), acupuncture involves inserting needles along pressure points where TCM practitioners align ‘grounding’ Qi/Chi energy for bodily relief combating inflammation as per some studies.

Spice up diet by increasing artichoke tea or nettles tea intake as they’re rich sources of antioxidants(Flavonoids) present in plant compounds shown to reduce inflammations.

Finally reintroduction into healthy sleeping regimen research shows maintaining exposure to sunlight upon waking at consistent times aids cortisol levels contributing up regulation immune system getting closer towards easy allergic responses’ prevention\symptoms controlability.


In conclusion through researching scientific literature we have covered several effective remedies someone has access for seasonal allergies.

It depends entirely on individuals how their personal conditions respond accordingly towards the above recommended suggestions since there is no 100% guarantee backing any remedy unfortunately . So try combining various solutions offered individually like immunotherapy, acupressure lifestyle modifications such regular exercise/yoga enhancing body strength might improve well being targeting an overall healthier you !

Also important once again is visiting/consulting local doctors before starting treatment plans plus keeping up follow-ups throughout maintenance phases asked necessary for better long-term effects etc.

Hope this article turned out informative yet funny helping all my dear fellow afflicted brethren cope smoothly out of our dreaded lifestages every year; always best as to make the most out of what life offers, right? Cheers!


(1).Allergy Immunotherapy [Internet]. Aaaai.org. 2022 [cited 13 January 2022]. Available from: https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/allergen-immunotherap

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