Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. It can trigger sneezing, a blocked or runny nose and itchy eyes. It is normal for it to appear around the same time each year. Severe hay fever symptoms can ruin peoples’ summers and have a detrimental effect on quality of life. It may also prevent people from being able to work optimally. The UK is particularly affected by pollen with a mixture of flowers and trees such as silver birch and rape seed most likely to worsen symptoms of hay fever.
Most people are aware of the more common symptoms of hayfever such as a blocked or runny nose, stinging eyes etc. Over the counter medicines are commonly used and are successful in the treatment for the majority of sufferers. However, there is a small portion of the population that require stronger medicines.
Injections are normally a last resort for sufferers as most will have tried some form of stronger medication from their doctor first. If these are still unhelpful then you may want to consider an injection.
They should be administered after careful consideration as there are advantages and disadvantages. Whilst one injection should cover a whole pollen season, if you were to suffer any of the temporary side effects, there is no reversal and therefore, you would be required to wait until it had worn off.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of having this injection, you would need to have a consultation with our nurse to assess suitability. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and availability.