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Hi Hollister,

Yes, docs do Rx oral hydrocortisone or prednisone, as well as cortisone shots for severe hay fever. But these drugs will affect your entire body to a significant extent. Even your mood.

Have you tried a combo of cortisone-type nasal spray (Nasacort Rx) plus 1% cortisone eye drops (only Rxd by ophthamologists; even allergy/immunologists do not rx), plus cortisone-type inhaler for asthma/reactive airway (if that is a prob)? Plus an oral antihistamine like Zyrtec or Allegra.

When cortisone is applied locally, only a small fraction of the dose is used, compared to what is given in oral meds or shots. The med has local effectiveness, with fewer systemic effects. It can be used on an as-needed basis. Cortisone pills affect the entire body over an extended length of time, and the shots esp. have a fairly lengthy half-life.

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=391382[/url] is a link to a post last month about cardiac events following oral Prednisone for eye allergies.

IMO it's less risky to use stack up eye/nose/oral/lung steroids at low doses than to get shots. However, it's much more expensive & perhaps a little more complicated than just getting a shot & being done with it. And, at times with severe asthma accompanying hay fever it's the only thing left to do.

Best wishes.