If you’re plagued with severe sniffles, sneezing, watery eyes and an itchy throat as soon as warmer weather arrives – and medicines and nasal sprays don’t give you any reprieve – the hay fever injection could be the solution you’re looking for.
As anyone who suffers from acute bouts of hay fever will tell you, this pesky pollen allergy can be all-consuming and make life extremely difficult. There’s no cure for the condition, also known as allergic rhinitis, so treatments are the only way to keep symptoms in check.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Around 10 to 15 per cent of Brits are afflicted at different stages of the year, depending on the type of pollen they’re allergic to. Tree pollen allergies are triggered between March and May, while grass pollen occurs between May and July, and weed pollen allergies are activated between June and September.
Hay fever is the same as any other allergic response: your immune system identifies a foreign substance entering the body and attempts to remove it – initiating an inflammatory response. In the case of hay fever, the foreign body is pollen, which is harmless.
What is the hay fever injection?
The hay fever injection, called Kenalog, is still officially licensed for the treatment of severe hay fever in the UK, however, it is not available on the NHS. It contains triamcinolone acetonide, which belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids (steroids). Steroids are some of the most powerful anti-inflammatory medications available. They are used to treat a variety of conditions in which the body’s immune system gets out of control, including asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Steroid tablets (such as prednisolone) are occasionally prescribed for hay fever, but for no longer than 10 days. The longer you take them, the more likely it is you’ll experience side effects such as weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and mood changes such as anxiety and depression. Steroid nasal sprays or drops (containing betamethasone and fluticasone) are also available on prescription, but shouldn’t be used for more than four weeks.
How does the hay fever injection work?
The hay fever injection works by temporarily suppressing your body’s immune response for long enough to relieve symptoms. The steroids are injected into the buttock – depositing a low dose directly into the muscle. They slowly leak into the bloodstream over the course of three weeks.
How long does the hay fever injection take to work?
Once the injection is administered, the effects last for a minimum of three weeks, with many people experiencing relief from symptoms that lasts the entire season. Usually one dose of the hay fever injection is enough to protect you for the spring and summer months. It’s not recommended that anyone has more than two injections per hay fever season.
At Pall Mall, you can get a private hay fever injection – a treatment that is not available on the NHS. The hay fever injection is a prescription-strength medication and a single dose could provide relief throughout the entire pollen season.
Get back outdoors and enjoying the Spring and Summer months.
For more information on the hay fever injection click here or call us on 03300 58 44 55.