Hayfever treatment

Hayfever treatment at Barstable Medical Clinic in Essex

We know how frustrating hayfever can be, so at Barstable Medical Clinic we offer a range of hay fever treatments to help manage your symptoms, including hayfever injections which are no longer available on the NHS.

At your free consultation, you’ll be assessed by a fully qualified GP who will discuss all available options available with you. These may include a prescription for nasal sprays, antihistamines or eye drops.

If appropriate, the doctor may be able to prescribe and administer a Kenalog injection which may alleviate your symptoms for up to 10-12 weeks.

Hayfever injections

Hayfever – also known as rhinitis – can be very debilitating for some people, particularly over the spring and summer months. Typical symptoms include itchy eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and an itchy throat.

Many over the counter remedies are available from the chemist such as antihistamines and nasal sprays. In cases where these are ineffective, your GP may be able to prescribe rhinitis treatments such as Fexofenadine (an effective and non-sedating antihistamine) or steroid nasal sprays such as Avamys.

If your quality of life is significantly impacted by hayfever, and all of the above treatments have failed, then it may be appropriate for you to have a steroid injection such as Kenalog.

The active ingredient of Kenalog injections is Triamcinolone 10mg/ml, and the licenced indications for this drug include the use in seasonal allergies in patients who do not respond to conventional therapy.

Hayfever injections - frequently asked questions

GPs were at one time able to administer Kenalog injections to severe hayfever sufferers on the NHS, but following a review this is no longer the case.

You may experience site reactions such as tenderness, pain or itching.

Kenalog injections start working immediately, typically becoming effective between 24 – 72 hours.

If a hay fever injection is administered when symptoms first appear, it’s possible that the treatment may last for the duration of the pollen or allergen season.