Hay Fever Best Controlled Through Patient-Adjusted Dosing
Hay fever is an allergic response to pollen, pores, grass and other allergens. This is also known as allergic rhinitis. Hay fever can be seasonal; for example, ragweed pollen can cause allergies autumn, grass and weed pollen can affect you during summer. Hay fever can also be all-year round due to animal dander, dust mites, molds etc.
According to a new study by Thai researchers, hay fever is best controlled by adjusting the dosage of the medication. Normally, the dosage of the medication is fixed. However, in this study, the patients were asked to increase or decrease their dosages based on the severity of their symptoms. Adjusted dosing showed an improvement in the symptoms of hay fever.
Thai researchers observed 69 patients with hay fever over a period of 28 days. The patients used the intranasal corticosteroid, Triamcinolone acetonide. Patients with mild symptoms were asked take the dosages only when the symptoms appeared. Patients with severe symptoms were asked to use the medication until they were free from symptoms for about 24 hours.
They were asked to increase or decrease the dosages based on the severity and frequency of the symptoms. After the study, the researchers found that patient-adjusted dosing lead to improvement in their nasal symptoms.
According to the researchers, self-adjusted dosing is effective in preventing tolerance to the medications. Also, with self-adjusted dosing, only about three-fourths of the daily prescribed medicine was used.
This approach of self-adjusted dosing would be comfortable for the patients. This will also help the doctors to optimize the treatment of hay fever.