Despite the warmer weather, many people dread the spring-time. It is the start of ‘hay-fever season’ which can lead to ongoing symptoms such as a runny nose, sore eyes and sneezing. Combined with a ‘foggy’ head, these symptoms can cause significant obstruction to everyday life. Consultation with your Midland Health GP may be useful for planning the way through hay-fever season and finding easy solutions to reduce discomfort and make things more bearable.
What is Hay Fever?
Hayfever is the basic response from your autoimmune system which is trying to prevent the pollen from entering your body. Although pollen is not dangerous to your health, the body has a heightened reaction to it and this is when patients experience itchy nose and eyes, running nose, sneezing and nasal congestion. The period one might experience these symptoms varies on the area they live in. Usually, it starts late spring and continues up until September.
The Kenalog Injection
The Kenalog injection can reduce symptoms of hay-fever for the entire season. If you have previously been administered other treatments to combat hay fever, such as oral antihistamine tablets, topical eye drops, one solution to alleviate your hay fever symptoms is to get the Kenalog injection. This is a steroid treatment, recommended for those who have severe symptoms.
How does the Kenalog Injection work?
During your appointment, our GPs will take the time to detail the benefits as well as the side effects of the Kenalog injection. They will make sure that the Kenalog injection is the right treatment for you, assessing whether other treatments might be best suitable for your needs. The dose that a patient needs is calculated according to their body weight. 1mg per kg is the standard way to find out the right dose for patients each season. The Kenalog injection is administered intramuscularly and the effects will start working within one to 48 hours after having had the injection.
What are the Benefits of the Kenalog Injection?
-Patients require one dose to reduce the symptoms caused by the hayfever for the entire season (up to three months);
-Cost-effective compared to investing in all other treatments;
-The injection does not go through the digestive system or the liver;
-The symptoms of the hayfever will stop your hay fever symptoms for a whole season.
Discussion with a Midland Health GP to answer and questions or concerns is recommended to work out if the hay fever injection is right for you. You can book a private appointment at our clinic based in Birmingham close to the city centre and our friendly GPs will offer all the support you need.
- Hayfever Injection (Kenalog) - £80
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