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Hay Fever And Allergy

Hay-Fever and Allergy

Symptoms of Hay-Fever

Hay-fever is characterised by several symptoms. Some of these symptoms can be managed with home remedies, but others may require medication, and in some severe cases, a hay fever injection might be necessary to bring relief.

Typical symptoms presenting include:

  • Itchy or watery eyes.
  • Fatigue.
  • Sneezing.
  • Blocked or runny nose.
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Blocked sinuses, migraines and headaches.

Causes of Hay-Fever

Hay-fever, known as‘Allergic Rhinitis’ is an allergy to pollen, mould, or even dust-mite that feeds on dead skin cells.

A report from Allergy UK shows that about 20% of the population suffer from hay-fever and people with a family history of eczema or asthma are more prone to hay-fever.

The most common cause of hay-fever isthe release of pollen during warm, dry, and windy weather in the summer/autumn months. 

Different types of pollen and rates of distribution include:

  • Weed pollen - high from June to September
  • Grass pollen - high from May to July
  • Tree pollen – high from February to June

Hay-Fever Treatment and Hay-Fever Injection

Sadly, there are no long term cures for this type of allergy. But several good hay-fever treatments are available which can lower symptoms and create a big difference to your daily life.

The best way to treat hay-fever is a blend of nasal sprays, eye drops, and antihistamines. Which give relief from symptoms for up to 24-hours.

Nasal sprays

Nasal sprays are effective when used regularly, however you have to be patient to see any benefits. They are most effective if you suffer from nose congestion during a dry season.

Eye drops

For dry or itchy eyes, eye drops can bring speedily relief. In small bottle form which is easy and convenient to carry around.  Ideally it should be kept in a fridge.

Antihistamines

Over-the-counter medications in tablet form include:

Tablets that contain Cetirizine and Loratadine are non-drowsy antihistamines best for relieving symptoms during the day.

Antihistamines containing Diphenhydramine and Chlorpheniramine make you drowsy and  best used at night.  Avoid use of machinery or driving.  Enables better sleep.

Should your symptoms be severe, you might qualify for a hay-fever injection, but used in caution at your doctor's discretion.

Do you need to consult a doctor?

If you don’t feel better from the use of home remedies or over-the-counter medication, our professional private GPs will be able help and advise you.

During your appointment you will be asked to give a brief history of your hay-fever problems and our specialists will then recommend alternative solutions and treatments.

Here at London GP Clinic, after your 15-minute consultation, our doctors will then evaluate a suitable treatment and recommend medications, including nasal sprays, tablets, and, if necessary a hay-fever injection.

Hay-fever injections are available from our London clinic. Schedule an appointment by phone or online now. 

Further information and a consent form are required for all vaccinations including hay-fever injections and only given to those over the age of 18.

There are effective alternatives which will be discussed during your appointment.  A follow-up hay-fever injection may be needed during the same season. This should be administered exactly 2 weeks after the first injection.

Recommended hay-fever injection is £89 for two injections and £64 for a single dose.

Other services we provide and helpful sources of Information

  • Allergies - We offer a full range of blood tests to diagnose allergies and allergens.

How to check if you suffer from hay-fever – www.nhs.uk › conditions › allergic-rhinitis

Help with hay-fever - Allergy UK - www.allergyuk.org › conditions-and-symptoms

Schedule an appointment

Call us today on 020 70434318 to book an appointment or email info@londonGPclinic.co.uk if you are experiencing allergic symptoms of hay-fever.

We will be happy to see you.  Visit us at the London GP Clinic, Suite 15, 117A Harley Street, London, W1G 6AT for a discussion with professionals who will give youexpert advice on treatments available for hay-fever and also test you for allergies.