Allergies (Seasonal)-Hay Fever

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sore throat/ irritation
  • Loss of voice
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Post nasal drainage
  • Congestion

Treatment Suggestions:

  • Rinse the sinuses with a saline solution and distilled water using a Neti Pot.
  • Antihistamines (i.e. loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), or diphenhydramine (Benadryl)) help with sneezing, runny nose, post nasal drainage. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is often more sedating than the other non-sedating antihistamines listed.
  • Decongestants (i.e. pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)) help with congestion, sinus pressure and sinus headaches. Available in 4 hour and 12 hour dosages (ask for at the pharmacy). Nasal strips or sprays may also help, with a steroid nasal spray (i.e. fluticasone (Flonase)) often helpful for allergy induced nasal symptoms. Do not use decongestant nasal sprays for more than 2-3 days as overuse can cause your symptoms to worsen.
  • Combination medications such as loratadine-pseudoephedrine (Claritin-D) or fexofenadine-pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D) are long acting 12 hour non-sedating antihistamines combined with a decongestant.
  • Warm salt water gargles, throat sprays and/or lozenges can help to sooth irritation in the throat.


When to Visit the Student Health Services:

If over the counter allergy relief medications are not easing your symptoms, you may need to schedule an appointment with a provider. You may require a stronger prescription medication or a referral to an allergist.