What is hayfever?
Hay fever is essentially an allergic reaction to pollen, which are tiny grains released from flowers during cross-pollination. Symptoms are then caused when these grains come into contact with the eyes, nose and mouth.
What symptoms may I be experiencing if I have hayfever?
You may be experiencing a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, head and earaches, an itchy throat and fatigue. You may be finding it difficult to sleep, and if you also suffer from asthma, you may be experiencing shortness of breath and wheezing.
How long will my hayfever last?
Pollen levels are usually at their highest levels during late March, right up until September, so after this time your symptoms can ease. Warm, windy or humid weather can make your symptoms even worse. Unfortunately, once hayfever starts (and depending on weather conditions and pollen counts) it can stay around for weeks or months.
What can I do to help my hayfever?
See your GP
Your GP may prescribe you with drugs called 'anti-histamines', which work to reduce the amount of histamine produced by your body when it comes into contact with a substance that you are allergic to. Histamine build up can cause symptoms like itching, streaming eyes and running noses as it tries to eliminate the substance causing the allergy.
If you find no relief from anti-histamines, then another option is a Kenalog injection. This is a steroid injection that works to reduce your body's reaction to an allergic substance like pollen, and usually only one dose of Kenalog per year is enough to keep running noses and itchy eyes at bay.
A Kenalog vaccine costs £65* at Tudor Medical Matters, and appointments are usually available on the same or next day. If you have not had a Kenalog injection before, it is advisable to book at least a 15 minute GP consultation as well, to discuss your symptoms and other forms of potential treatment with Dr Tudor before-hand**.
*plus £15 administration fee.
**excludes £15 administration fee if Kenalog is administered following a 15 minute GP consultation.
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