Hay Fever Treatment Brisbane Northside
The occasional sneeze is good for the body as it removes irritants from the nose or throat. But when it becomes more frequent, it could be allergic rhinitis or hay fever. People in Brisbane northside trust health providers such as Ubuntu Medical Centre when seeking hay fever treatment.
Hay fever is a common term for allergic rhinitis, which is a respiratory illness triggered by allergens in the air as they are inhaled in the body. People with allergic rhinitis experience sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sinus pressure. This causes a lot of discomfort to whoever has it and may affect their daily lives. It is important to get hay fever treatment to prevent symptoms from getting worse.
- Antihistamines. These drugs do not stop the allergic reaction but protect the tissues from the effects of the allergic response. First-generation antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine, dimenhydrinate, and brompheniramine can cause drowsiness. Meanwhile, second-generation antihistamines like loratadine, fexofenadine, cetirizine, and azelastine are recommended for people who need to be functional throughout the day.
- Cortisone nasal sprays. This medication is directly applied to the nose that reduces inflammation that causes sneezing, swelling, and runny nose. They also decrease the formation of chemicals involved in an allergic response. Many of these sprays can only be availed with a medical prescription.
- Decongestants. These medicines can help unblock nasal passages and improve breathing. They are usually available over the counter but should not be taken for more than three days in a row due to their addictive side effects.
- Nasal saline. Saline nasal sprays help counteract symptoms such as dry nasal passages or thick nasal mucus. They are available over the counter and can be used as often as it is needed, unlike decongestants. A physician may also recommend washing or douching the nasal passage. The use of nasal saline has reportedly shown improvements in allergic rhinitis symptoms.
- Oral corticosteroids. Prednisone is the most common corticosteroid pill that is administered to treat allergy symptoms. But it needs to be taken for a short period of time due to its long-term side effects such as cataracts, osteoporosis, and muscle weakness.
- Subcutaneous immunotherapy, or allergy shots, is a procedure meant to increase tolerance to substances that cause allergy symptoms. Under doctor supervision, an allergen is injected into the body with gradually increasing doses until a maintenance dose is reached. It is then administered over three to five years until the body becomes tolerant to the allergen.
- Sublingual immunotherapy involves placing a pill under the tongue, usually three months before the “allergy season”, and maintained daily until the season ends. The only oral sublingual immunotherapy available is to grass (summer allergies) and ragweed (autumn allergies).
Home Treatment and Management
- Herbal alternative treatments such as nettles, butterbur, timofend, cinnamon bark, and Benifuuki green tea have been used to treat symptoms of hay fever.
- Nasal irrigations or rinse is a home remedy that uses salt water to clear the nasal passages.
- Eat foods rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids as studies suggest they reduce inflammatory chemicals in the body.
- Keep vigilant over food, substances, and things in nature that trigger allergies. Be also observant if the allergic reaction is relative to a certain season or time or of the year.
At Ubuntu Medical, we also do allergy testing.