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May 15 2019 | News
The summer months are full of activity for most of us, all of which can be adversely affected by the suffering brought on by severe hay fever symptoms. Currently, there is no cure for hayfever however there is a number of ways to relieve the symptoms both short term and long term.
Also known as allergic rhinitis, Hay fever is the immune system’s response to a foreign substance entering the body, which attempts to remove it. In the case of hay fever, this foreign body is pollen, which is harmless to health but causes our immune system to simply over-react.
There are many types of Hayfever, however the most common is caused by tree pollen and grass pollen. Trees produce pollen in late spring, and some grasses continue to produce pollen until September; meaning the season can last for many months.
Hay fever is one of the most common allergic conditions. It’s estimated that there are more than 10 million people with hay fever in England. You can get hay fever at any age, although it usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years.
There are many ways that you can treat hayfever and help prevent it, such as:
Around 10 per cent of hay fever sufferers find their symptoms do not respond to readily available treatments such as anti-histamine tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays. As an alternative, sufferers may consider the use of steroids – a powerful anti-inflammatory medication which suppresses the body’s immune system response.
Steroid treatments are available in the form of an injection. The injection effectively contains the same medication as steroid tablets, but the route of administration is different. Whilst it won’t cure hayfever, one of our injections could last you the whole hayfever season.
Find out more about our Private Hayfever Injections here.
Due to the recently announced lockdown in England, Summerfield Healthcare is currently only able to offer a limited number of clinical services including:
For some services we continue to offer such as health checks and minor surgery we are now providing COVID-19 testing for all patients and Doctors. This is mandatory due to the proximity of the practitioner, the duration of the appointment and multiple clinicians also being involved in your treatment. An additional £10 will be included in the appointment fee at the point of payment to cover the cost of COVID testing, and your booking confirmation will reflect this requirement. This is not required for blood testing due to the short duration of appointments and reduced risk of exposure.
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