Treatment of hayfever with loratadine a new non sedating antihistamine

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"I went to docs today re hayfever as I normally take cetirizine and was told to avoid it during pregnancy.

Doctor wasn't helpful and was very reluctant to give me anything," shares mummypiglit.

Sterimar is sprayed into the nose and washes straight out.

Then there are my allergen barrier balms (called Hay Max) which are organic and drug-free and applied to the bottom of the nostrils and around the eyes to trap the pollen before it gets in.

These include cetirizine and loratadine, which many doctors consider are suitable for use during pregnancy.

We have to say though, listening to our mums on our forum, whether you're prescribed anything is likely to depend on your doctor's opinion - not all are comfortable prescribing antihistamines.

Because they help dampen the immune response (see How do antihistamines work, below), they can be used to help treat skin conditions such as hives (urticaria), eczema and dermatitis.

If you're really suffering, the best thing to do is talk to your GP.

If your doctor thinks your hay fever symptoms need treatment, you'll usually be advised to try a nasal spray, nose drops or eye drops first.

Your doctor may have prescribed antihistamines to relieve the symptoms of a common allergy you’re having.

You can also buy some antihistamine medicines over the counter.

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