Severe hayfever symptoms can ruin your summer and have a detrimental effect on quality of life and ability to work optimally.
If you have severe symptoms that fail to respond to other treatments, such as oral antihistamine medications or topical eye drops it is possible to request an appointment to discuss the hay fever injection.
Hayfever injection is a corticosteroid injection given into the buttock. The medication has anti-inflammatory properties which slightly suppress the immune system and stop the body’s natural pollen response from going ‘haywire’. The treatment starts to work approximately 2 days after treatment and results last up to 3 months.
All injections are given by fully qualified medical professionals (Doctor or nurse practitioner). We 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.
The dose required to control severe symptoms is partly related to body weight. If you are over 80kg you will require a larger dose to ease your 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.
The full range of treatments options available for hay fever will be discussed by our medical team, who will decide whether the potential benefits of the treatment for severe hayfever outweigh any risks.
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.