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Hay fever and allergy treatments

Hay Fever & Allergies

Hay Fever

Hay fever is a seasonal condition and is sometimes called 'seasonal allergic rhinitis'. People with hay fever are allergic to pollen and spores and sometimes cats and dogs. Pollen is the tiny, dust-like particles given off by certain types of trees, grasses, weeds and flowers. Spores are given off by fungi and moulds. Some people are even allergic to cats and dogs, either by their fur or saliva particles in the atmosphere which is usually in the pet's home.

The symptoms of hay fever occur when the immune system (the body’s defense system) overreacts to allergens, which in turn results in the release of histamine which in turn causes inflammation, itchy reddening or itchy eyes and sneezing.

Hay fever occurs in the spring and summer, and affects the nose, sinuses, throat and eyes. Due to hay fever, the inside of your nose becomes inflamed (swollen), which leads to sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes. However, people who have allergic reactions to cats and dogs, tend to have reactions throughout the year when they come into contact with these animals.

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis

In some people, hay fever-like symptoms occur all year round. This condition is called 'perennial allergic rhinitis' (or perennial rhinitis). Rhinitis is the medical term describing irritation and inflammation of some internal areas of the nose. The primary symptom of rhinitis is nasal dripping.

Rhinitis is caused by an increase in histamine, which is most often triggered by an allergy to house-dust mites, furry or feathery animals, certain chemicals or some foods. When an airborne allergen such as pollen or dust is inhaled by an individual with a sensitized immune system, it triggers antibody production. These antibodies mostly bind to mast cells, which contain histamine. When the mast cells are stimulated by pollen and dust, histamine (and other chemicals) are released. This causes itching, swelling, and mucus production.

Symptoms vary in severity between individuals. Very sensitive individuals can experience hives or other rashes. Common symptoms include: sneezing, a blocked or congested nose, a watery discharge (runny nose), and an itchy nose. Less common symptoms include: itchy throat, loss of smell, face pain, headache, and itchy and watery, red eyes.

Hay Fever and Rhinitis Treatment

The common cold can often be confused with hay fever and perennial rhinitis because they all cause similar symptoms. However, a cold normally lasts for around a week. Sneezing, a streaming nose and itchy eyes which persist for a few weeks may well be due to either hay fever or perennial rhinitis.

There is no cure for either hay fever or perennial rhinitis. However, in most cases symptoms can be controlled effectively. Hay fever treatments stop the release of histamine, or reduce or prevent the inflammation from histamine. Treatment options include: avoiding things that causes an allergy, an antihistamine nose spray, antihistamine tablets, and a steroid nose spray if needed.

How to Reduce Hay Fever Symptons

  • Check the pollen forecast. Be aware of when the pollen count is likely to be high. The Met Office has a searchable pollen forecast online map.
  • Vacuum and damp dust. Use a damp cloth to dust and remove any lingering pollen spores.
  • Keep windows and doors closed. This helps keep the pollen out.
  • Smear Vaseline inside your nose. This helps stop the pollen from settling on the lining of your nose.
  • Bring washing in early. Avoid drying clothes outside if you can. Air cools and pollen descends in the evening so bring in washing from outside before this to save it getting covered. Give it a good shake before bringing it in.



Loratadine is a non-drowsy antihistamine tablet which provides symptomatic relief of allergy symptoms such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis), urticaria (hives), running and itchy nose, sneezing, burning and itchy eyes, and helps relieve reactions to bites. Suitable for people 2 years and older. Loratadine could be also used to treat mild to moderate pain from sinus headaches.

Whether it's hives, rhinitis or a hay fever, Loratadine can prevent you from suffering from these disruptive conditions and allow you to get on with your day as normal. You can buy Loratadine allergy tablets online from Medical Specialists Pharmacy without the need for a prescription.

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Exposure to substances such as pollen, animal fur, house dust or an insect bite can cause the body to produce a chemical called histamine. The release of histamine causes allergic symptoms which can include skin rashes, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and itching. Cetirizine stops the effects of histamine and helps to relieve these symptoms.

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Flixonase Nasule Drops

Flixonase Nasule Drops are used to treat small growths inside the nose (polyps) and symptoms associated with nasal obstruction. It contains a medicine called fluticasone propionate.

Flixonase Nasule Drops are provided in small plastic containers (Nasules). The active ingredient fluticasone propionate belongs to a group of medicines called steroids (also called ‘corticosteroids’).  

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Flixonase Nasal Spray

Flixonase Aqueous Nasal Spray contains 50 micrograms of the active ingredient fluticasone propionate in each spray. It also contains other substances needed to make a stable suspension which will not go off.

Fluticasone propionate is a corticosteroid (steroid for short) which has an anti-inflammatory action. The tiny amounts sprayed into your nose help to reduce swelling and irritation. Fluticasone propionate should not be confused with anabolic steroids misused by some athletes and taken as tablets or injection.  

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Mometasone nasal spray can be used by adults and children from the age of 6 years to prevent or ease the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. This is when the inside of the nose is inflamed and irritated.

Common symptoms include: sneezing, a blocked or congested nose, a watery discharge (runny nose), and an itchy nose. It is caused by hay fever and other allergies. 

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Nasonex is a prescription nasal allergy spray approved for the treatment of seasonal and perennial nasal allergy symptoms. Nasonex is a nasal corticosteroid (also known as inhaled nasal steroid) which can effectively help with congestion, sneezing, itching, and a runny nose - all nasal allergy symptoms - when used correctly. Nasonex is taken once or twice a day by spraying inside the nose.

Whether it's hay fever, dust allergies or a seasonal problem, Nasonex can prevent you from suffering and allow you to enjoy life as normal. You can buy Nasonex spray online from Medical Specialists Pharmacy without the need for a prescription.

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Prevalin Allergy Nasal Spray

Prevalin relieves the symptoms of hay fever in the nose and eyes. Prevalin's patented formula contains specific ingredients that uniquely deactivate pollen in the nose so it cannot irritate the nasal mucosa.

With its unique approach, Prevalin lines the inside of the nose, deactivating pollen and getting to the root of the problem - addressing all significant hay fever symptoms, without the side-effects.

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Prevalin Allergy Kids Nasal Spray

Prevalin kids nasal spray is suitable for children between 6 to 12 years. It relieves the symptoms of allergies that are caused by airborne allergens, for example hay fever, dust mite allergy or pet allergies. As a child’s nostril is smaller than an adult’s, a smaller dose is needed to form a protective barrier against allergens that cause hay fever and allergic rhinitis.

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NeilMed Sinus Rinse Starter Kit

NeilMed Sinus Rinse is the most effective way to clean mucus, allergens, irritants, bacteria and viruses from the nose reducing the frequency of infection.

Price: £5.48

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