The best way to treat seasonal allergies

If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, some treatments are better than others. If you’re sick and tired of the sleepy effects of oral treatments, now is the perfect time to switch to a nasal spray, which is now the first recommendation for allergy treatments by Australian and American allergy groups.

American allergy groups AAAAI and ACAAI are now both promoting nasal steroids as the go-to for allergy treatments, with the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) also promoting nasal sprays in their treatment plans.

Relatively cheap and available over the counter, nasal sprays are generally more effective than other types of allergy medicine for the treatment of seasonal allergies, with fewer side effects.

Nasal sprays aren’t perfect, however. While you’re avoiding the drowsy symptoms of oral treatments, nasal sprays can cause an itchy, dry nose and nosebleeds. The best way to minimise these symptoms is by using the spray correctly — not straight up, but at an angle. Your doctor can show you how.

To get the best results, use a nasal spray every day during allergy season, regardless of how you’re feeling at the time.

If there’s a specific plant pollen that really sets off your allergies (for example wattle, ragweed or ryegrass) you can consult the ASCIA’s pollen calendar to figure out when you’ll need to prepare for the next pollen season.