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It sounds like your dog has seasonal allergies and you are treating the symptoms each year. Depending on the severity of the allergic reaction and skin infections, treating the symptoms is often the most cost effective solution though it might not be the most pleasant.
However, there are other options that you may wish to try or consider. Many owners whose dogs have seasonal allergies to things they can not eliminate from the environment opt to give atopica. This medication has proven to be effective for many dogs. You can read about it here:
Another option is to have allergy testing done to determine the allergen (cause) and then have your dog be given desensitization shots in the spring to lessen or eliminate the symptoms when summer comes. Here is information on allergy testing and desensitization shots.
Other than the above suggestions, the only options you have are the antihistamines, shampoos and prednisone which you are already familiar with.
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