Why Do I Take Antihistamines For Hay Fever
Why Do I Take Antihistamines For Hay Fever

Why Do I Take Antihistamines For Hay Fever

So, I wanted to go a little more personal with this post, I wanted to talk about why I take Antihistamines for hay fever. First though, let’s examine what types of antihistamines there are. Before I begin though, I have to declare that I am not a doctor, I am not giving any medical advice in this post. I am sharing with you what I take for my hay fever. If you have any concerns with your own health or questions, please do contact your doctor for proper medical advice. That said, let me talk more about what I do for my hay fever.

Types of antihistamine

There are many types of antihistamine available these days, but they’re usually divided into two main groups:

  • older antihistamines that make you feel sleepy – such as chlorphenamine, hydroxyzine and promethazine
  • newer, non-drowsy antihistamines that are less likely to make you feel sleepy – such as cetirizine, loratadine and fexofenadine

They also come in several different forms – including tablets, capsules, liquids, syrups, creams, lotions, gels, eye drops and nasal sprays. So, many ways to apply and take them, for what best suits you. Personally, I’ve only ever taken them in tablet form, though I may like to try the nasal sprays to see how they compare.

So, why use antihistamine

So, we’ve established there are many available, but why do I take them? In my previous posts, such as How Do You Get Rid Of Hay Fever, we talked about the reason you get the itchy eyes, runny nose and other unpleasant things was because the body is producing histamine to fight the allergens in your body, so in my case the pollen.

So, histamine is being produced to wrongly fight the allergen and it’s causing me the irritation. I chose to take antihistamines for hay fever to stop this from happening. Now, you can get an antihistamine that you have to take a number of times a day, or you can get those that last 24 hours. I prefer to take the one 24 hours taken first thing. The antihistamine I refer is Piriteze myself, which can be got in numerous types of application such as tablets and spray. I’ve included an Amazon affiliate link below if you wanted to get the latest price on these.

These particular 24-hour tablets work best for me which is why I wanted to suggest them.

Are there side effects of antihistamines

So, like all medicines, antihistamines can cause side effects.

Some side effects of older types of antihistamines can include:

  • sleepiness (drowsiness) and reduced coordination, reaction speed and judgement – don’t drive or use machinery after taking these antihistamines because of this risk
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • difficulty emptying your bladder

Some side effects of non-drowsy antihistamines can include:

  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • feeling sick
  • drowsiness – this is less common than with older types of antihistamines

It’s best to always check the leaflet that comes with any medicine.


So, as I said at the beginning of the post. I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I am merely talking about what I take for my hay fever. Many people take antihistamines, it can be bought on most shop shelves without any prescription. Remember, you should always read the leaflet and get any proper medical advice if you have any questions.

That said, for me, antihistamine has been brilliant. When riding my motorbike I used to get worried during hay fever season – all that pollen getting into my face. These 24 hour antihistamines used to be brilliant though and I’ve always stuck with them. This is just my opinion and there are many other brands out there to check. Please do take a look yourself if you are thinking – find the best one that suits you.

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