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 bring relief.

If you are having a high pollen count, see some of the symptoms you may probably have:

  • 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, sometimes called Allergic Rhinitis is an allergy to pollen, mould, or even dust. Report from Allergy UK shows that about 20% of the population have hay fever. However, people with a family history of eczema or asthma are also prone to hay fever.

The primary cause of hay fever which is pollen is high during warm, dry, and windy weather. But there are different types of pollen:

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

Hay Fever Treatment and the Hay Fever Injection

Sadly, there is no cure for this allergy. But there are several good hay fever treatment which can lower the symptoms and create a big difference in your daily life. The best way to treat hay fever is a blend of nasal sprays, eye drops, and antihistamines. With these products, you can be sure of a 24-hour relief from symptoms of hay fever.

See some of the more common ways to deal with pollen

Nasal sprays

Nasal sprays are effective when you use them consistently over time; you have to be patient to see the effect. They are most effective if you suffer from nose congestion during the dry season.

Eye drops

For dry or itchy eyes, eye drops can speedily bring relief. You can carry a bottle in your bag as you go about your daily activities to get relief from eye irritation.

Antihistamines

If you are purchasing over-the-counter medication, there are few things to consider before buying. Tablets that contain Cetirizine and Loratadine are non-drowsy antihistamines best for relieving symptoms during the day. Antihistamines containing Diphenhydramine and Chlorpheniramine are drowsy, best for use at night, to get enough sleep without sneezing.

Should your symptoms be severe, you might qualify for the hay fever injection, but it's based on 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 can help you.During your appointment, you will have time to discuss your history of hay fever and our specialists can offer solutions.

Here at London GP Clinic, after a 15-minute consultation, our doctors will evaluate your symptoms, and we will provide medications, including nasal sprays, tablets, and if applicable, the hay fever injection.

You can get the hay fever injections from our London clinic. Schedule an appointment by phone or online now. Do well to go through our hay fever injection information and consent form if you would like us to help you out.

Kindly note that we don't give hay fever injection to persons below 18 or if it is not suitable. There are several other effective alternatives which can be discussed during an appointment. Sometimes, a second hay fever injection may be needed during the same season. This should be administered exactly 2 weeks after the first injection. Should there be no need for a second injection, we can administer the jab at a lower price of £64 if ideal, following a consultation with one of our professional GPs.

Hay fever injection costs £89.

Other services we provide and helpful sources of information

  • Allergies - We offer a full range of blood tests to diagnose allergies and allergens if required
  • How to check if you are having hay fever - NHS
  • Help with hay fever - Allergy UK

Schedule an appointment

Call us today on 020 70434318to book an appointment if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above. You can also visit the London GP Clinic at Suite 15, 117A Harley Street, London, W1G 6AT to discuss and get professional advice concerning Hay fever and allergy.