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Hay fever: OTC management

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Yes, yes. I know. We health professionals are supposed to follow the latest guidelines from NICE or wherever. But automatically reaching for a bottle or box of antihistamine when faced with a case of what appears to be hay fever may not be the best thing to do. Perhaps we should take into account the findings described in a piece entitled "Do antihistamines make allergies worse?" published online at https://www.nature.com/news/2008/080111/full/news.2008.436.html I was at one time allergic to our cat (in the 1980s). Its just coming into the house caused me to sneeze and my eyes to run. I also developed similar responses to guinea pigs and to rabbits that we kept as pets. But I did not reach for the antihistamines. Nasal lavage with some warm water worked well and quickly relieved the symptoms. I soon developed tolerance and have for many years not reacted to these animals. Paradigm shifts in science and medicine all start with anecdotal observations ...

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23 AUG 2019

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