Health care providers must recognize that most patients are self-medicating their seasonal allergies and are doing so inappropriately, according to Bosnic-Anticevich.

“Physicians need to be more proactive in guiding patients to the most appropriate treatment,” she said. “Patients with hay fever need a lot more support and guidance than they are currently getting.”

Many patients are unaware of the causes and triggers of their rhinitis symptoms, Clifford W. Bassett, MD, founder and medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, and assistant clinical professor of medicine at New York University, told Healio Internal Medicine.

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