If you suffer from hayfever and are getting limited relief from tablets, eye drops and nose sprays then you could be classed as having severe hayfever. We do advise most of our patients to try and take a few forms of anti-histamine medications, but if these are not working then the injection may be a solution.
It is a common phenomenon. Every year, somewhere between 10-20 per cent of us will be afflicted by symptoms of pollen allergy. Whether you’re sneezing, suffering from a simple runny nose or experiencing more severe symptoms like exhaustion and sickness, you’re not the only one experiencing this.
Hay fever works just the same as other allergic responses – the immune system responds to a foreign substance entering the body and attempts to remove it. In the case of hay fever, this foreign body is pollen particles, which are harmless to your health. Hay fever is your immune system over-reacting to a harmless allergen.
The injection’s active ingredient is triamcinolone which is a steroid. When injected into a muscle, usually the buttocks, this causes the body to reduce it’s production of histamine in response to allergens such as tree and grass pollen. Whilst this injection reduces the response to common allergens, it can also theoretically reduce the bodies response to fight normal bacterial and viral infections too.
The injection works usually within 24 hours and gives symptomatic relief within 72 hours.
The injection comes with risk factors associated with having oral tablets, and the effect of the steroid injection usually lasts the whole of the hayfever season. In the vast majority of our patients, one injection a year poses little risk to the body. As with any prescribed medication a detailed medical history and consultation will need to be undertaken with one of our doctors prior to the injection where all the risks and benefits will be discussed with you in detail. The injection works like taking the equivalent of 5mg of prednisolone for around three weeks.
Most patients get relief within 24 hours, with all patients finding they get symptomatic relief within 72 hours. Get in touch if you would like more information regarding this treatment, or if you would like to book in. Don’t let the high pollen count ruin your summer.