Are you someone who suffers from severe hay fever?
Are you dreading the arrival of the spring and summer months already?
Dr Rupa Parmar, Private GP and founder of Midland Health (based at The Westbourne Centre), is now offering a hay fever injection to those sufferers where anti-histamines and other over the counter medicines don't make any difference.
Dr Parmar talks through some of the most frequently asked questions about the hay fever injection:
Why would someone have this injection?
If you’ve tried everything, tablets, sprays and drops and you still have debilitating symptoms; then this could be the treatment for you. The injection is used for extreme cases, where hay fever can affect lives, their jobs, home and social situations.
Hay fever affects people in different months, would the injection still be effective for everyone?
The injection is designed to treat all different types of hay fever, such as tree, grass and weed pollen.
When would be the best time to have the hay fever injection?
The sooner the better is what I say, as pollen can affect people as early as March, especially if we’ve had an unusually warm winter, like the one we’ve just had. However, if you usually suffer from hay fever symptoms, starting your defence action around April/May is a great time to nip it in the bud (excuse the pun), which also applies for the injection.
Where are you injected?
We inject into the buttocks, an area that causes less pain and where it can be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Would you need more than one injection?
No, in most cases one injection is enough for the symptoms to subside and would be only extremely rare cases, that a patient might need a second injection. Remember that the start of the season is the time to get the most benefit from the hay fever injection.
Who might not be able to use this treatment?
Patients going through chemotherapy, on oral steroids, or already suffer from a low immune system, would not be suitable for the injection. We would only be able to offer it to eligible patients.
Are there any side effects?
From my experience, the majority of my patients don’t suffer from any form of side effects. Although, like all medicines including the hay fever injection, it can potentially cause short term and long term effects. Short term effects can involve mood swings, headaches, dizziness, nausea and mild sleep disruption. Long term effects can involve thinning of the bones and increased risk of diabetes.
How does a hay fever sufferer take the next steps to get the injection?
The patient would need a consultation to discuss through the treatment, their medical history and any side effects that could occur. The consultation and treatment would be carried out in the same appointment.
And finally, how long does it take for the injection to take effect?
The injection is very effective and it would take no more than 5 days for the symptoms to subside.
The hay fever injection costs just £80 and can provide relief for up to three months.
For more information, or to book an appointment with Dr Parmar, please call 0121 456 8140.