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 Orpington, Kent. In the UK, as many as 1 in 5 people suffer from a pollen allergy (seasonal allergic rhinitis), with millions seeking out hay fever treatments to relieve symptoms. When the pollen count is at its highest, between late March and September is when people suffer the most, but you don’t have to put up with it.
Hay fever is a seasonal 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. This is common in the spring and summer months as there is more pollen in the air.
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:
Typical signs of hay fever include:
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.
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 Kent below, and see whether this could be a more suitable option for you.
Covid-19 update: If you are due to have a covid vaccination injection, this must take priority over steroid injections booked with our service. You are advised not to have a steroid injection two weeks before or after the first or second covid vaccination.
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.
The price for a hay fever injection is £85.
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:
The Kenalog hay fever injection isn’t suitable for everybody, you may not be eligible if:
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.
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 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.
To help to monitor and control your hay fever symptoms, it’s important to keep an eye on the pollen count at 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 – such as by taking antihistamines.
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.
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 on 01689 490 111 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 are self-pay funded appointments
The hay fever injection relieves the symptoms of most hayfever sufferers, however in some very rare cases it may not work as well.
Please note that we cannot see any patients under the age of 18.
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