Hay fever injection and allergies

Are you seeking hay fever treatment, hay fever injections or other allergy diagnosis or treatment? Our private GPs here at LycaHealth will be able to examine your symptoms and provide hay fever medication accordingly at our private health care clinic in Canary Wharf, East London. In the UK, as many as 1 in 5 people suffer from a pollen allergy (or hay fever), with millions seeking out hay fever treatments to relieve symptoms. When the pollen count is at it’s highest, between late March and September is when people suffer the most, but you don’t have put up with it.

What Is Hay Fever?

Hay fever is an allergy caused by pollen and it works in the same way as any other allergy. Hay fever will occur when the body’s immune system reacts to pollen, resulting in the body regarding it as a harmful substance. The reason you’re sneezing, have a runny nose or sore eyes is because your body is attempting to remove pollen from your body.

There are various causes of hay fever, and this is because there are different pollen types, and not everyone will be allergic to the same type. The different pollen types include:

  • Tree Pollen: Late March to mid-May
  • Grass Pollen: Mid-May to July
  • Weed Pollen: End of June to September

Hay Fever Symptoms

Typical signs of hay fever include:

  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery, itchy or red eyes
  • Itchy throat, mouth and nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Pain around your temples and forehead

You may experience one or two of these symptoms which can be managed with medication, however, if your hay fever symptoms appear resistant to medication, you may require a more intensive treatment.

Severe Hay Fever Symptoms

As uncomfortable as any hay fever symptom can be, some people are affected more severely than others. Severe hay fever symptoms occur when you’re experiencing many of the above at once, and you cannot manage these symptoms using over the counter antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays. When this occurs, hay fever can become extremely debilitating and really start to make an impact on your everyday life. If this is the case, it’s important to get help.

If you’re suffering from severe hay fever symptoms, and are struggling to manage this, book in with our private GP for some help. We’ll talk you through alternative hay fever treatments, including the hay fever injection. Find out more our private hay fever vaccination in London below, and see whether this could be a more suitable option for you.

Available at the following clinic

Canary Wharf

0207 132 1440

Mon – Fri: 8am to 8pm
Sat: 8am to 1pm

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Here at Lyca Health London, we understand that allergies can be uncomfortable and upsetting. We are here to make sure you can live as comfortably as possible with the right advice and medication at hand. Book an appointment with one of our private GPs today for a quick and hassle-free consultation. You do not need medical insurance to be seen by a member of our team, and no lengthy paperwork is required.

Hay Fever Injection

For more severe cases of hay fever, we may recommend a steroid treatment, available in both tablet and injection forms. The hay fever injection, Kenalog injection or hay fever jab, is where steroids are injected directly into the muscle. From here, the steroid dose deposits into the bloodstream slowly over a 3 week period. Generally, you’ll only require one hay fever injection, and this will help to relieve symptoms across the whole of the hay fever season.

Private Hay Fever Injection Benefits

  • Helps those with severe hay fever symptoms
  • Only 1 injection required
  • No need to take medication daily
  • Alleviate hay fever symptoms, and no longer let it affect your day to day life
  • Can cover you for the whole of the hay fever season
  • Flexible appointment times, have it in your lunch break
  • Convenient, central London location
  • Highly experienced private GPs

Hay Fever Injection Risks & Side Effects

Despite its benefits, the hay fever injection does come with its risks. Therefore, the hay fever injection will only be recommended to patients who have severe hay fever, and to those who’s hay fever cannot be managed through hay fever medication alone.

Some of the risks include:

  • More susceptible to infections
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Activation of diabetes
  • Blood pressure and heart problems
  • Psychological problems

Who Can’t Have The Hay Fever Injection?

The hay fever injection isn’t suitable for everybody, you may not be eligible if:

  • You have recently suffered from cancer
  • You have glaucoma
  • You are pregnant, or you are breastfeeding
  • You are on medication that could interfere with the hay fever injection
  • You have diabetes, high blood pressure or other heart problems
  • You suffer from osteoporosis

During your initial consultation, your private GP will sit down with you to talk you through the hay fever injection, as well as alternative hay fever treatments. We strive to advise the best-suited treatment for you, making sure your symptoms are managed as well as possible, without putting you at any unnecessary risk.

The Hay Fever Season

Generally, your hay fever symptoms will worsen between March and September (in spring and summer), and the severity of your symptoms can fluctuate on a daily basis. This is because both the hay fever season and pollen count change year to year, and will affect people differently. Some people may be more sensitive to tree pollen, whereas as for others grass pollen will flare up their hay fever. It’s important to understand what you’re sensitive to, and when you’re most sensitive to it so that you can most effectively control your hay fever symptoms.

Pollen Count

To help to monitor and control your hay fever symptoms, it’s important to keep an eye on the pollen count as certain times of the year. You can do this by taking a look at the met office report, where they will rate the pollen count as low, moderate, high or very high. If the report shows the pollen count is going to be high, you can take preventative measures to try and control your hay fever symptoms further.

Alternative Hay Fever Treatments

Treatments include hay fever injections, antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops and natural therapies. The hay fever jab is usually reserved for particularly bad cases but will provide relief for around six weeks or more.

  • Antihistamines: Tablets containing Loratadine and Cetirizine are non-drowsy, therefore are designed for tackling hay fever symptoms in the day. However, if you’re struggling at night, consider taking those that contains Chlorpheniramine or Diphenhydramine, as these are drowsy alternatives that can help you get a good night’s sleep.
  • Nasal Sprays: People often give up on nasal sprays, as they can take longer to take effect. However, nasal sprays work particularly well on those that suffer from nasal congestion.
  • Eye Drops: If you suffer from itchy, dry or watery eyes, eye drops are a great solution for you. You can also use them as and when you need them which is useful.

You should also bear in mind general hay fever advice, such as keeping your windows closed, not drying your washing outside and using petroleum jelly as a barrier in your nose. Combining treatments with good habits should help to minimise your symptoms.

If your GP deems a hay fever injection of too high risk, or not suitable for you due to your medical history or current conditions, you may be refused the hay fever injection.

A maximum of 2 in a year, however, we advise only 1.

Hay fever injections are not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen, which can be grass pollen, tree pollen or weed pollen.

You don’t need to visit a dedicated allergy clinic for relief from allergies. Here at LycaHealth, we can identify your allergy if it is not already known, and help alleviate your symptoms. We can perform a private allergy test at our Canary Wharf clinic at an appointment time to suit you, before prescribing the appropriate medication.

Diagnosis methods include allergy blood tests and skin prick testing. Either or both can be used to determine your issue. Allergy testing does not take much time – the tests can even be completed in your lunch break.

Find out how much your hay fever injection will cost by getting in touch today.

Depending on your GP’s advice, you may require a skin prick test or blood test. A skin prick test is a common allergy test which involves dropping a liquid containing an allergen onto your forearm and pricking the skin underneath. If an allergic reaction occurs, you’ll see an itchy red bump appear within 15 minutes. It is very safe and painless.

Although we cannot guarantee availability, we are often able to see patients on the same day. For appointment availability, please do call the clinic in London on 0207 132 1440 and speak with a member of our team. Our allergies and hay fever treatment service is open from 8am to 6pm to fit around your schedule and to ensure that there are always convenient times available around your working day.

Our care at LycaHealth Private GP Service is covered by all major medical insurance companies. You can also self-pay for treatment.

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