Hayfever Cure- Approximately a third of the population struggle with hayfever each year. This causes classical symptoms of itchy, runny, nose or eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion or an exacerbation of asthma symptoms for some. Given that hayfever is so common, you could be mistaken for thinking that everyone symptoms are mild and easily managed. In fact, hayfever causes misery for many each year and results in missed school, missed work and it has even been shown that teenagers do not achieve their full potential at GCSE and A-levels, due to their hayfever symptoms.
In the UK, we have quite well-defined seasons, and it is therefore often easy for people to pinpoint the cause of their Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis (hayfever symptoms). If the symptoms begin in March and last through to May, this is often caused by tree pollen; June and July, this is caused by grass pollen, and in the autumn months, this is often caused by moulds. Symptoms which are year-long and worse in the winter months when the heating goes on, is often caused by house dust mite. Additionally, people may find their symptoms are triggered around rape seed -our beautiful fields of yellow flowers. Their symptoms may be triggered by animals such as cats, dogs or horses. It is possible to investigate the causes of these environmental allergies by arranging either a simple allergy skin prick test or an allergy blood test to check the IgE to the various environmental allergens.
Each year, millions of people seek out a hayfever cure as their symptoms cause misery and despair. Many years ago, the Kenalog injection was removed as an NHS treatment. It is still a widely sought private treatment. Kenalog, like all steroid injections, can give rapid relief of symptoms but will be needed year-on-year to gain control. The reason they have been removed from the NHS and are not recommended by allergy specialists or ENT experts, is because of the significant risk that these injections hold. Kenalog can cause long-term harm such as cataracts, osteoporosis or bone thinning, avascular necrosis of the hip (breakdown of the hip joint), suppression of one’s immune system and therefore more significant infections, weight gain and even dimpling at the site of the injection.
There are good and effective treatments available for hayfever including immunotherapy which would desensitise one against the grass pollen, tree pollen, house dust mite etc, that they are allergic to and prevent their symptoms from occurring each year. This is a long-term solution and has much less risks associated with it, unlike Kenalog.
For more information about hayfever treatments and immunotherapy, please see our treatment page.