Are you one of the many hay fever sufferers dreading the on-set of pollen season? Well help may be at hand….
The hay fever season occurs every year from April to September. For people allergic to tree pollen, symptoms occur in April and May; for grass pollen, symptoms occur in June and July and then for those with mould allergies, symptoms tend to occur in August and September.
Many people experience a miserable time from hay fever with symptoms ranging from extreme itchiness of the eyes and throat, runny or blocked nose, coughs/ wheezing or asthma. This can stop them in their tracks and make it difficult to work or carry on in their daily lives.
Whilst there are plenty of over-the-counter treatments available, many of these don’t settle all the symptoms and so it’s worthwhile seeing your GP for an intermittent course of steroids. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines suggest that steroids taken for five days periodically during the season can help to settle symptoms down.
It is also possible to have a three month injection of steroids -called Kenalog. Unfortunately, there are potential severe side-effects to long term steroids including diabetes, weight gain, thinning of the bones etc, Whilst we do continue to carry out Kenalog Injections here at the practice, we will only do so on the understanding that as a patient, you are agreeable to us further investigating why you have such severe symptoms. These investigations include (but are not limited to) allergy tests for a number of different particles; including those that we inhale as well as the food we eat.
So, if you have tried the over-counter remedies but are still suffering, then give us a call on 0116 270 0373 where one of our team will be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.