Hay-fever is characterised by several symptoms. Some of these symptoms can be managed with over the counter solutions, but others may require medication, and in some severe cases, input from a Consultant Immunologist might be necessary to bring relief.
Typical symptoms presenting include:
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 is the release of pollen during warm, dry, and windy weather in the summer/autumn months.
Different types of pollen and rates of distribution include:
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 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.
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.
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.
If you don't feel better from the use of home remedies or over-the-counter medication, our professional private GPs or, for very severe cases, a Consultant Immunologist 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 consultation, our doctors will then evaluate a suitable treatment and recommend medications, including nasal sprays, tablets, more individualised solutions and prescription only treatment.
How to check if you suffer from hay-fever - www.nhs.uk > conditions > allergic-rhinitiss
Help with hay-fever - Allergy UK - www.allergyuk.org > conditions-and-symptoms
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 you expert advice on treatments available for hay-fever and also test you for allergies.