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Hay fever treatment

Be prepared this allergy season. Rosemary's online doctors can help prescribe appropriate hay fever medication for you.

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About hay fever

Hay fever is a type of allergy response to outdoor and indoor allergens as well as irritants.

What causes hay fever?

Hay fever is a term often used to describe a variety of allergies to outdoor allergens like pollen, grass and trees, indoor allergens like pet dander, dust and mould or irritants like cigarette smoke, exhaust and perfumes.

What are hay fever symptoms?

Hay fever can cause a range of symptoms including runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes, itchy, irritative cough, nasal congestion, cloudy and fogginess.

This can be seasonal, particularly in the spring, summer or early fall, or perennial, meaning the symptoms are present year-round.

What are my hay fever treatment options?

Allergies and hay fever can be treated and managed in a number of ways. One is lifestyle modification, where you identify what your triggers are and try to avoid them. You can also use medications to help reduce your body’s immune reaction and relieve symptoms. These medications may come in the form of antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids or eye drops. For more persistent allergies, your doctor may recommend immunotherapy.

If you are experiencing a severe allergic reaction, please call 000 for urgent medical attention.

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"Highly recommended! Very fast & efficient service - great convenience being able to get prescriptions sent without having to make an appointment to visit a GP in person. Products arrived within 2 days."
"Really happy to have the ability to seek medical advice without having to be in a clinic. Medication is sent directly to you which is great for super busy people."
"Makes life easier! I always forget to pick up my script repeats and then need to make a last minute rush to the pharmacy. Now I don’t have to worry and it comes to my door."
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Our doctors will prescribe a personalised hay fever treatment plan to help you manage your hay fever allergy symptoms. All treatment plans come with unlimited follow-ups so you can chat to your doctor about your progress whenever you need.


Are allergies dangerous?

Most allergy sufferers will experience allergic reactions that are not serious or life-threatening. While on the milder side, they can still cause a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. On the other hand is anaphylaxis, a very severe allergic reaction that is life-threatening and can occur within minutes of exposure to allergens.

What are the most common side effects of hay fever medication?

Common side effects will vary depending on which medication you are prescribed.

For nasal sprays and eye drops, common side effects can include: nosebleeds, distaste, irritation or burning sensation in the nose, headaches, dizziness, tiredness, increased amount of nasal discharge or discoloured nasal discharge, coughing, swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing, rashes, blurred vision, irritated eyes and swelling of the eyelids.

For lubricating eye drops, common side effects can include: eye irritation or pain, blurred vision, allergic reactions, headaches, drowsiness and dry mouth.

For antihistamines, common side effects can include: headaches, drowsiness or sedation, lethargy, dry mouth, diarrhoea, gastric upset, reduced appetite, blurred vision, disturbed coordination, sweating, palpitations, hypotension and urinary retention.

Can allergies be cured?

No, but you can control your symptoms. Some patients with persistent and chronic allergies may consider immunotherapy, which aims to reduce the severity of the allergic reaction.

If I take hay fever medication for a long time, is this harmful?

Long-term daily use of medications has the potential to cause side effects. Your doctor will advise you on when and how to take your medication in order to manage your symptoms and to minimise any long-term complications.

Are allergies infectious?

No, allergies are not infectious.

I’ve never had allergies before, so why do I have them now?

Allergies can seemingly appear out of nowhere when you’ve been exposed to new allergens that you haven’t been exposed to before. Allergies can also surface due to crossing your individual threshold for an allergen. In these cases, the allergy always existed, you were just a) never exposed to it or b) in the case of allergenic thresholds, never exposed to enough of the allergen to provoke a reaction.

At the same time, allergies to things you weren’t previously allergic to can materialise at any point in your life, and it isn’t exactly clear why. It could be due to changes in your immune system, or perhaps a single severe allergic reaction during childhood increased your chances of developing allergies as an adult.

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