Hayfever Injection – help for severe sufferers
Severe hayfever symptoms can ruin peoples’ summers and have a detrimental effect on quality of life and ability to work optimally.
Certain parts of the UK are particularly affected by pollens and allergens likely to give severe symptoms, with the most likely culprits being a mixture of flower and tree pollen such as silver birch and rapeseed.
If you have severe symptoms that fail to respond to other treatments, such as oral antihistamine medications, topical eye drops and so on, it is possible to request an appointment to discuss the hayfever injection.
The hayfever injection is a corticosteroid injection which has anti-inflammatory properties. It suppresses the immune system and stops the natural pollen response from going ‘haywire’. This is the same medication given by doctors regularly for tennis elbow, various ligament and muscular strains, osteoarthritis and other joint conditions.
As with all injected medications, and in line with good medical practice, the doctor will undertake a careful risk assessment to make sure that you are a good candidate for treatment, and will explain the potential side effects and likely benefits in detail.
In our twenty-year experience of administering the hayfever injection, we have seen virtually nothing in the way of even mild ‘side effects’ with two people reporting a dimpling of the skin at the site of the injection (the buttock).
This dimpling is uncommon, however, patients are always advised that it may occur and like all administered medications, the risks of any treatment must be balanced against the potential benefit of the treatment given.
The overwhelming feedback from patients in terms of response, control of symptoms and improvement in quality of life is very positive.
It given in the top of the buttock and starts working almost immediately and typically ‘kicks in’ anywhere from one to forty-eight hours after administration.
This medication administered when hayfever symptoms first appear can give symptom remission that lasts for the duration of the entire pollen or allergen season (usually three months).
The dose required to control severe symptoms is partly related to body weight, and heavier subjects will require a larger dose to ease their symptoms. We have found that the therapeutic dose for most effective relief is 1mg per kg of body weight, therefore our standard doses administered are 40mg-80mg per patient per season.
The full range of treatments options available for hay fever will be discussed by doctors, who will decide whether the potential benefits of the treatment for severe hayfever outweigh any risks.
Every year our clinics see a cohort of ‘desperate’ people who have tried the oral and topical medications without much symptomatic improvement – including those who work outdoors, those who have severe allergic reactions to pollen, business people whose summers and meetings are ruined by severe symptoms, drivers who feel unsafe to be on the road and, interestingly, a number of pharmacists, doctors and NHS GPs.
No intervention currently available to severe hayfever sufferers in the UK offers greater convenience, symptom relief and patient satisfaction than this single intramuscular injection which can last up to three months. We have hundreds of messages each hayfever season from grateful patients who feel that they have regained their quality of life.
The hayfever injection costs just £75 per 40mg dose, including a free medical consultation at Regent Street Clinic™. If you are over 60kg, an 80mg dose may be advised by the clinician. The optimal dose to alleviate symptoms is 1mg of Kenalog per 1kg of body weight.
All patients attending our clinics for this injection are advised to read the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet here prior to attending, so that they are able to make an informed decision to have treatment, having considered all the risks, as with all medication.