If you do suffer from hay fever, you’ll experience a range of symptoms. Some of these symptoms can be manageable with home remedies, however others may need medication and some severe cases might need a relief from a hay fever injection.
Please note this injection is only available every 2 years.
Here are some of symptoms you are likely to experience when there is a high pollen count:
- Blocked or runny nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Blocked sinuses, headaches and migraines
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
What causes hayfever?
Hay fever or allergic Rhinitis is an allergy to pollen or even dust and mould. According to Allergy UK, hay fever affects about 20% of the population. If you have a family history of asthma or eczema, you are most likely to also be likely to suffer from hay fever.
Pollen, the main cause of hay fever, is high during warm, dry and windy weather. Not only this, but there are different types of pollen:
- Grass pollen: high pollen count during May to July
- Tree pollen: high pollen count during February to June
- Weed pollen: high pollen count during June to September
What is the Hay Fever Injection?
The hay fever injection contains Triamcinolone Acetonide, a known corticosteroid medicine given by deep intramuscular injection typically into the large muscles of the buttock. It is prescribed by medical professionals for many different conditions, including the suppression of inflammatory and allergic disorders such as seasonal allergies (commonly called Hay Fever) and allergic rhinitis.
Hay fever generally affects most people during the spring and summer months when pollen levels are highest, however, allergic reactions and similar symptoms could also occur throughout the year for other allergy related problems. Our pharmacists will discuss and suggest the most appropriate course of treatment for seasonal allergy problems you may be suffering from.
Do you have severe hay fever symptoms?
If you are getting limited relief from over-the-counter remedies including anti-histamine tablets, eye drops and nose sprays then you could be having severe hay fever symptoms. When traditional over-the-counter remedies are not working, and often you will have tried medication from your GP that is not improving your symptoms, an injection may be a suitable solution.
How many treatments are needed?
This simple treatment for hay fever involves just one injection. If suitable, a single 40mg Injection can provide season long relief. This will help you benefit your lifestyle with enhanced protection from the physical symptoms of hay fever that disrupt your work and daily life.
It is NOT 100% effective and you can still expect some milder symptoms
It is NOT a replacement for standard hay fever remedies, take these too!
How quickly does the hay fever injection work?
Most patients can note some relief within 24 hours, with most patients finding they get symptomatic relief within 72 hours. If your symptoms have flared up, or severe at the time of your appointment, it may take much longer to get the maximum effect of the injection. As a preventative measure, it can also be taken prior to your symptoms occurring.
Many patients who suffer every year opt for an injection prior to their symptoms even occurring. It is best to have the injection 1 month before you usually feel at your worst.
How is it available?
Hay Fever Injections are administered by our trained pharmacists in our pharmacies across Edinburgh & Fife. Our pharmacists will carry out a short consultation to discuss your symptoms and be asked to complete an assessment of consent, also taking into account your medical history. If you are medically safe to receive the injection, it will be done during the same visit. This takes no longer than 15-30 minutes total in clinic.
Following your appointment and injection, you will be safe to drive, and return to your normal daily routine.
What if the hay fever Injection is not suitable for me?
There are times when the Hay Fever Injection is not suitable for a particular person. We require all patients to have a consultation with our pharmacists first in order to assess suitability. If a Hay Fever Injection is not suitable, our pharmacists will recommend an alternative option for your hay fever
Select your preferred pharmacy to visit their page and enquire about this service or just pop in when it suits you.