What is hayfever?
HAYFEVER – is an allergy to certain pollens with symptoms including sneezing and itchy eyes. Most people use tablets such as antihistamines to treat the condition – but there is a more convenient treatment available in the form of a steroid injection.
Hay fever is the immune system’s response to a foreign substance entering the body, which attempts to remove it. In the case of hay fever, this foreign body is pollen, which is harmless to health but causes our immune system to simply over-react.
Common symptoms include an itchy nose, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. Trees produce pollen in late spring, and some grasses continue to produce pollen until September; meaning the season can last for many months.
How should you treat it?
Around 10 per cent of hay fever sufferers find their symptoms do not respond to readily available treatments such as anti-histamine tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays.
Antihistamines are not without side effects and they do not prove effective in every case. As an alternative, sufferers may consider the use of steroids – a powerful anti-inflammatory medication which suppresses the body’s immune system response.
Steroid treatments are available in the form of an injection. The injection effectively contains the same medication as steroid tablets, but the route of administration is different.Sufferers generally only require one injection to reduce symptoms for the entire hay fever season. Compared to taking tablets every day, that’s very convenient.
One of the benefits of the injection is that it does not have to go through the liver or the digestive system, so you can administer a slightly lower dose than the tablet form.
Hay fever injections – the facts:
The injection is for the treatment of severe hay fever, and should be considered as a second stage of treatment for people who have already tried and had little relief from other forms of medication. The injection does not cure hay fever, it temporarily suppresses the immune system enough to take away the symptoms in most people who need it.
One injection can be enough to last for a whole hay fever season.
Before having the injection we will first assess your current hay fever symptom management, and carry out a quick medical assessment to make sure it is suitable for you. If you are a suitable candidate, the injection can be carried out during the appointment.