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Hay Fever

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Fexofenadine 120mg 30 hayfever and allergy tablets

Fexofenadine

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  • Relief for 24hrs
  • Prevents symptoms
  • Dispatched from a UK based pharmacy
Sterimar hayfever and allergy relief 50ml nasal spray

Sterimar Hayfever and Allergy Relief Nasal Spray

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  • 100% natural
  • removes allergens
  • Available from a UK registered pharmacy
Sterimar Stop and Protect Allergy Relief Nasal Spray

Sterimar Stop and Protect Nasal Spray

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  • Natural ingredients
  • Removes allergens
  • Available from our UK pharmacy
Nasobec aqueous 50mcg nasal spray 200 doses

Nasobec Aqueous Nasal Spray

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  • Prevents symptoms from developing
  • Reduces intranasal inflammation
  • Easy to administer nasal spray
Beconase aqueous 50mcg nasal spray 200 doses

Beconase Aqueous Nasal Spray

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  • Relieves hayfever symptoms
  • Lasts all day
  • Eligible for discreet next-day delivery
Allevia

Allevia

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  • All-day relief
  • Works within 1 hour
  • Available without a prescription
Clarityn allergy tablets 10mg loratadine

Clarityn

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  • Relieves symptoms
  • Prevents hay fever
  • No prescription required
Treathay 120mg Fexofenadine tablets pack of 30

Treathay

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  • One-a-day tablet
  • All day relief
  • No prescription required
Neoclarityn 5mg desloratadine 30 film-coated tablets for hayfever and allergies

Neoclarityn

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  • Blocks histamines
  • Non-drowsy medicine
  • Reduces itchiness
Cetirizine 10mg 30 film-coated tablets for hayfever

Cetirizine

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  • Reduces hayfever symptoms
  • Taken once daily
  • Non-sedating antihistamine
Desloratadine 5mg 30 film-coated tablets

Desloratadine

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  • Can be used with nasal sprays and eye drops
  • Provides all-day relief
  • Taken once daily
Dymista azelastine and fluticasone nasal spray suspension

Dymista Nasal Spray

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  • Prevents hay fever symptoms
  • Easy to take nasal spray
  • Prevents nasal inflammation
Rhinolast azelastine 22ml nasal spray for hayfever and allergic rhinitis

Rhinolast

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  • Effective antihistamine
  • Works within 15 minutes
  • Easy to use spray
Telfast 120mg fexofenadine 30 film-coated tablets for hayfever

Telfast

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  • Non-drowsy antihistamine
  • Effective at preventing symptoms
  • Works within an hour
Zirtek allergy one-a-day cetirizine 30 tablets for hayfever and allergies

Zirtek

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  • Relieves symptoms
  • Non-drowsy
  • Available from a UK registered pharmacy
Benadryl Allergy one-a-day 10mg cetirizine 14 tablets

Benadryl Allergy

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  • Relieves hayfever symptoms
  • Easy to take
  • Available from a UK based pharmacy
Piriteze allergy cetirizine 12 tablets

Piriteze Allergy Tablets

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  • Fast-acting antihistamine
  • Effective against hay fever
  • Taken once a day
Piriton allergy tablets chlorphenamine maleate

Piriton Allergy Tablets

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  • Branded product
  • Simple to take
  • Relieves allergy symptoms

What is hay fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to airborne pollen. It commonly occurs between spring and autumn when the pollen count is highest.

Pollen is a particle released by plants during the warmer months and can become airborne. Individuals with hay fever experience an immune system response to this harmless pollen as if it were an infection.

The immune system releases histamines, which are chemicals that aim to eliminate the perceived invasion. However, these histamines can cause inflammation in the nasal passages and make breathing difficult.

Different types of pollen, including tree pollen, grass pollen, and weed pollen, can cause hay fever symptoms, and their presence varies throughout the year. For instance, grass pollen peaks between June and July. Fexofenadine effectively addresses allergic reactions caused by these different types of pollens.

Different Pollen Types

Different types of pollen, including tree pollen, grass pollen, and weed pollen, can cause hay fever symptoms, and their presence varies throughout the year. For instance, grass pollen peaks between June and July. Fexofenadine effectively addresses allergic reactions caused by these different types of pollens.

Primary treatments for hay fever

Fexofenadine works by blocking histamine, a chemical released by the immune system in response to pollen inhalation, thereby preventing the development of hay fever symptoms such as runny nose, itching, sneezing, and watery eyes. It starts working within an hour of consumption, allowing you to carry on with your daily activities while enjoying relief from hay fever symptoms.

There are various treatments available to alleviate hay fever symptoms:

  1. Decongestants: Decongestant sprays and eye drops can provide relief from symptoms. Examples include Murine hayfever and Optrex hayfever.
  2. Antihistamines: These tablets are effective in preventing the release of inflammatory chemicals in the nose. They offer longer-lasting relief but may cause drowsiness. Some examples are Fexofenadine, Allevia, and Piriton.
  3. Corticosteroids: Nasal sprays containing corticosteroids are prescribed for severe hay fever symptoms or when other treatments are ineffective. When used regularly, corticosteroids provide long-lasting prevention of hay fever symptoms. Examples include Beconase, Nasobec, and Dymista.

According to the NHS, corticosteroids are considered more effective for treating hay fever compared to antihistamine tablets.

Contrary to its name, hay fever is not necessarily caused by hay, and fever is not a typical symptom.

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

Symptoms of hay fever include:

  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Coughing
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose, and ears
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Pain around the temples and forehead
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue

While the symptoms of hay fever can resemble those of a common cold, they persist for weeks or months and recur upon further exposure to pollen.

How can hay fever be prevented?

Prevention and management strategies for hay fever may not always be feasible but can be helpful. Some recommendations include:

  • Applying Vaseline under the nose or around the nostrils to trap pollen.
  • Limiting time spent outdoors and keeping windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high.
  • Checking the pollen count before going outside and taking appropriate precautions to minimize exposure.
  • Wearing wraparound sunglasses to protect the eyes from pollen and a hat to prevent pollen from landing on the face.
  • Taking a shower before bed to wash out pollen accumulated in the hair.

For more information on preventing hay fever, you can refer to NHS Inform.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hay fever

Q: How is hay fever diagnosed?

A diagnosis of hay fever is usually based on a combination of medical history, physical examination, and allergy testing. Allergy testing can help identify specific allergens that trigger your symptoms.

Q: What are the treatment options for hay fever?

Treatment options for hay fever include over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal corticosteroid sprays, decongestants, and allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). It is advisable to consult a healthcare professional for personalised treatment recommendations.

Q: Can lifestyle changes help manage hay fever symptoms?

Yes, certain lifestyle changes can help manage hay fever symptoms. These include avoiding exposure to allergens, keeping windows closed during high pollen seasons, using air purifiers, wearing sunglasses outdoors, and regularly cleaning bedding to reduce dust mites.

Q: Are there any natural remedies for hay fever?

Some people find relief from hay fever symptoms through natural remedies such as nasal irrigation with saline solution, using herbal extracts like butterbur or quercetin, and consuming local honey. However, the effectiveness of these remedies may vary, and it's important to consult a healthcare professional before trying them.

Q: Can hay fever be cured?

Hay fever is a chronic condition, and there is currently no cure. However, with proper management and treatment, symptoms can be significantly reduced, allowing individuals to lead a normal and comfortable life.


Additional resources

Five tips to beat hayfever

How long does hay fever last?

What's the difference between hayfever and a cold

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Dr Giuseppe

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Published on: 28/02/2019

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Reviewed on: 25/05/2023
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