Hay Fever Injections

Hay fever is an allergy to pollen, there are many different types of pollen that you could be allergic to, particularly if you experience some of the following symptoms:

• Tiredness
• A runny or blocked nose
• Sneezing, coughing, wheezing
• Itchy nose, mouth, throat
• Red or watery eyes
• Headache

The symptoms develop when the pollen gets in contact with your mouth, nose, eyes or throat. The wind can carry pollen and increase the symptoms of Hay fever. The usual season is from March to September but it can start from late January to the end of October. The symptoms can last from a few days to several months depending on the severity of your allergy.

The hay fever injection is a corticosteroid injection which has anti-inflammatory properties. It suppresses the immune system and stops the natural pollen response going severe. 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, 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

Not all vaccinations are delivered by needle. But whenever they are, we bring all our considerable expertise into play to make sure it hurts as little as possible. Modern needles are so fine they hurt a lot less than the old fashioned versions used to. You shouldn’t feel anything worse than a sharp prick.

How long does it take to work?

It depends on which vaccines but between 7-14 days for most vaccines.

Where is the vaccine given?

Vaccines are usually given via an injection to either the muscle or just under the skin.

Are there any side effects?

Common side effects include swelling or tenderness at the injection site and fever. More serious side effects are rare (1 in10,000)

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