Hay-fever (pollen allergy)

Hay-fever

Hay-fever is caused by an allergy to pollen, usually tree or grass pollen. Hay-fever symptoms are usually worse between late March until September, when the pollen count is at its highest and the conditions are warm, humid and windy; however, moulds and weeds can cause allergic in the autumn.

Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • a runny or blocked nose
  • itchy throat, mouth and nose
  • itchy, red or watery eyes
  • headaches and blocked sinuses
  • throat clear, snorting and a sensation of mucous going down the back of the throat (postnasal drip)
  • sneezing and coughing

In our clinic we can test for specific pollens, to find out what you are allergic to and will provide advice on allergen avoidance and prescribe simple but effective treatments for your child’s hay-fever symptoms. Pollen desensitisation has been a major development in the management of hay-fever, potentially curing allergies by diverting the immune system’s allergic response towards tolerance. The main benefit of these treatments is that your child’s symptoms improve – not just during the treatment but potentially for several years after the treatment has stopped. We offer a simple desensitisation treatment of drops or a tablet under the tongue (which contains the pollen your child is allergic to) over three years, and which has very few side effects.