Hayfever

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Hayfever

Hayfever is a common seasonal allergy that affects around 1 in 3 adults in the UK. You can easily buy hayfever treatments from your pharmacist, such as over-the-counter antihistamines, eye drops and nasal sprays.

However, if these regular treatments aren’t controlling your symptoms, there are several prescription medications available.

The Health Pharmacy is able to offer these treatments after a short consultation.

 

What is Hayfever?

 

Hayfever is an allergic response to plant and tree pollen. The condition is seasonal and has links to the time of the year when trees and plants release their pollen, most notably in the summer.
If you have hayfever your symptoms may include:

 

– Sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis)
– Itchy, red, watering eyes (conjunctivitis)
– Wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and a cough
– A raised, itchy, red rash (hives)

 

Your body’s immune reaction is a defence against a potentially dangerous substance. However, when the substance is not dangerous, such as pollen, we call this response an allergy.
So, an allergy is not an auto-immune disease. It is an immune response.

 

 

 

 

What hayfever treatments are available?

 

We can prescribe antihistamines and nasal sprays to treat your hayfever:

 

– Fexofenadine – antihistamine tablets
– Dymista (azelastine and fluticasone) – nasla spray
– Rhinolast (azelastine) – nasal spray.

 

These medications may be helpful if, for example, other treatments have been ineffective at controlling your hayfever symptoms.

The treatments may also be suitable for children aged over 6 or 12 as well as adults. However, Fexofenadine is not available if you are over 65 years of age, pregnant or breastfeeding.

 

Contact us, or pop into the pharmacy for more information about our Hayfever service or to book in!