Elements Medical offer a steroid injection for those suffering from severe hay fever symptoms. Your assessment and treatment will be carried out by qualified professionals, using a licensed and safe steroid treatment.
Hay fever is nasal inflammation caused by your immune system overreacting to allergens. This response is commonly triggered by pet hair and dust or pollen in the case of hay fever.
Although most people only experience mild hay fever symptoms, the allergy can be debilitating for some – especially those who haven’t responded to the treatments on offer over the counter or from an NHS GP.
A fast and easy treatment, the injection of a steroid is proven to be an effective hay fever prevention method for many people. The drug administered is completely safe and approved for use in the UK (the treatment was available from the NHS in the past and is routinely administered in other countries)
Steroid hay fever treatment does not cure hay fever but the effects usually last the duration of the hay fever season.
Kenalog belongs to the group of steroids known as corticosteroids and contains triamcinolone. Triamcinolone, when delivered by injection is proven to reduce the release of histamine giving lasting relief of hay fever symptoms over the season. The medication is licensed for this use, amongst others.
No – not anymore than any other injection. The injection is delivered into the buttocks and you will feel the slight pressure and scratch often associated with an injection. You will be able to resume your normal daily activities immediately but should keep the area clean and dry for the next four hours and avoid touching the needle entry site.
Occasionally, due to the presence of adrenal steroid crystals underneath the skin some patients may experience dermal/sub-dermal atrophy or changes in the make-up of the connective tissue and depressions in the skin at the site where the drug was administered. Whilst Kenalog is safe and is licensed for use in hay fever treatment, there are risks associated with the drug and it is important that you understand these. Steroids are a powerful group of medications and Kenalog carries the same potential for risks and side effects as any other steroid. The difference with an injectable steroid is that the side effects would linger for at least three weeks whereas with oral medication, any side effects would stop 24 hours after ceasing the treatment. This will be discussed in more detail with you at your consultation where you can ask any questions and be assessed for your suitability for the treatment.
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