AMUK Healthy Living Blog

Mar
11

Long Term Treatment of Hay Fever is Available

Author : Hazel Econs

Hay Fever season may seem a long way off today, with temperatures of 2 or 3 degrees and flutters of snow!  However, it is really good to once again be seeing familiar faces at our clinics, who come a couple of times a year for desensitisation treatment for their hay fever.  We have already started giving them their injections in preparation of the start of the hay fever season.

Ideally, the Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation (EPD) treatment needs to be commenced before the symptoms begin.  Depending on what you are reacting to, the sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throat could start any time between January and September.  In the initial couple of years, two or three injections are given pre-seasonally.   When we see a positive response, the injections can be reduced to once yearly for maintenance.  More frequent doses of the EPD, four per annum, over a period of 3 - 5 years, have resulted in a long term remission, where some patients no longer require treatment, as they remain symptom-free and others just require an annual booster.

If your symptoms have already started, it is possible to offer rapid control using the "low-dose" method of desensitisation called Neutralisation.  This form of treatment is self-administered either as drops or as painless injections, instead of the need to come for treatment at our clinics.

The Sub-Lingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) is a more recent modification of the conventional immunotherapy treatment, without its rare risk for severe reactions.  Again, it is most effective with simple allergies to common inhalants and it has a high success in delivering a long-term remission, after a 3-5 year course.

Each method of immunotherapy we offer has its own characteristics and our Specialist will make his recommendations of the most appropriate, according to each individual's needs.

There are a variety of over the counter symptom relief treatments available, however, our aim is to identify and treat the cause of the hay fever, not simply suppress the symptoms.

Please read more about hay fever symptoms & treatments on our website.

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