Hay Fever & Allergy Treatment

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Treat your hay fever and allergies with anti-wrinkle medications, with no needles or injections.

Spring has begun again this year, and for about four and half million Australians, that means runny noses, sneezing, allergies, tissues and the associated symptoms of hay fever.

Many people have tried hay fever treatments such antihistamine medications, decongestants, steroid sprays and tablets and even expensive and time-consuming desensitisation treatments with specialist allergy doctors.

There is now a growing amount of evidence in the medical literature that hay fever (allergic rhinitis) can be treated effectively with the same medications that we inject to reduce wrinkles.

Does this mean that I need anti-wrinkle injections into my nose?

No. Although there is a strong body of evidence that injections of anti-wrinkle medications into the lining of the nose works very well, it isn’t necessary for it to have an effect.

The anti-wrinkle medication can simply be swabbed onto the lining of the nose and absorbed over a period of five to fifteen minutes. There are no needles and no pain.

How does the treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications work?

Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking or reducing nerve signals to muscles, meaning that the muscles contract less. Less movement of facial muscles equals less wrinkles.

In a similar way, the anti-wrinkle medications also block or reduce some of the nerve signals in the lining of the nose that are involved in allergies and hay fever.

How successful is the treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications?

Most people can expect a reduction in the severity of their symptoms soon after treatment, although it is not uncommon for a second treatment to be needed after six to eight weeks if the initial reduction in symptoms is small.

How long does the treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications last?

It depends on the severity of your hay fever and allergies and the amount of medication used per treatment.

Anti-wrinkle injections in the face last, on average, twelve weeks. The evidence in the medical literature suggests that treatment for allergies and hay fever can also have an effect for up to twelve weeks.

However twelve weeks is just an average, and some people may find that their symptoms are reduced for a shorter or longer period of time.

How much does the treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications cost?

A typical starting dose that would be expected to give a good reduction in symptoms is $150.

The evidence simply does not support smaller (and cheaper) doses.

Compared to the ongoing cost and inconvenience of allergy medications and desensitisation treatment, many people find this to be a very cost-effective and convenient treatment.

Is there a Medicare rebate for treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications?

No, unfortunately not.

How long does the treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications take to work?

The treatment takes a few hours to a few days to start working.

Everybody is different.

In general the maximum effect would be expected at two weeks at the latest.

Is the treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications painful?

Some people may find the swab in the nose to be uncomfortable, but as there are no injections there is no pain.

What does the treatment of hay fever with anti-wrinkle medications feel like? What is the procedure?

Some people may find a swab in the nose uncomfortable, but there are no needles and no pain.

The medication may cause a brief attack of symptoms similar to hay fever, but these are short-lived.

Will my hay fever be cured by the treatment with anti-wrinkle medications?

No, this is not a cure for hay fever.

The aim of the treatment is reduce your symptoms as much as possible until the medications wear off. It is not a permanent solution.

What should I do before and after treatment for hayfever with anti-wrinkle medication?

It’s best to stop any nasal steroid sprays a week before your treatment, and not to take hay fever medications (including anti-histamines) in the twenty four hours before your treatment.

After your treatment you should stay lying down for five minutes to allow the medication to be absorbed by the lining of the dose. Try to avoid blowing your nose for twenty four hours.

What are the side effects of treatment for hay fever with anti-wrinkle medication?

The medication may cause a brief attack of symptoms similar to hay fever, but these are short-lived.

Allergic reactions are also possible after any medication, although the likelihood of this is small.

I am pregnant or breastfeeding? Can I have treatment for hay fever with anti-wrinkle medication?

At Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, your safety and the safety of your loved ones is our highest priority.

Whilst our treatments have been studied extensively for both their safety and effectiveness, at Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we follow the industry best-practice standards of not treating during pregnancy or during breast feeding.

I have a medical condition. Can I have treatment for hay fever with anti-wrinkle medication?

Hay fever with anti-wrinkle medication is generally very safe, although there are some conditions which may make treatment difficult or impossible.

This may include a history of nasal surgery or current infections.

If you have any concerns, please discuss them with your treating doctor or nurse.

What brand of anti-wrinkle injections do you use?

Australian law prohibits the use of brand names being used in the advertisement of anti-wrinkle injections.

At Evolve Advanced Cosmetic Medicine we use two of the most common brand names of anti-wrinkle injections.

Your safety and the safety of your loved ones is our highest priority, and we only use prescription medications approved for use by the therapeutic goods administration.

What is hay fever? What are the causes of hay fever?

Hay fever, also known as “seasonal allergic rhinitis” or “seasonal allergies”, is a condition that predominantly affects the nose and eyes.

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to common environmental allergens (also known as “antigens”), including pollen, dust mite, animal hair and fur, some types of mould and even allergens found at work (known as “occupational allergens”).

Some people are affected all year round, in which case we refer to it as “perennial allergic rhinitis”.

Hay fever is most common in spring, when levels of pollen in the air are high.

This is due to the season release of pollen from grasses, weeds and trees.

The hay fever season in Melbourne typically lasts from September through to November when the “pollen count” in the air is high.

The inside of the nose is lined with tiny hairs and a membrane which secretes mucus.

These act to trap airborne particles and “filter” the air that you breath. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to these environmental allergens: a particle, which is usually thought of as harmless, triggers an “attack” by the immune system.

This allergic reaction is mediated by the excessive release of a natural chemical called “histamine”, as well by neurotransmitters released by nerve cells and mucus glands in the nasal membrane.

Histamine release can be decreased by anti-histamine medications, and the inflammation can be reduced with steroids.

The neurotransmitters which send some of the signals for an allergic reaction can also be reduced by the same medication used in anti-wrinkle injections.

What are symptoms of hay fever?

The symptoms of hay fever include a runny, blocked, or “stuffy” nose (also known as “rhinorrhea”); sneezing; red, watery, itchy or sore eyes; headaches; tiredness and a general miserable feeling.

And that doesn’t even include the drowsiness that can come from certain antihistamine medications.

What are hay fever remedies and treatments? How do I get relief from hay fever?

It’s important to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before commencing any new treatments for hay fever, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have any medical conditions.

Firstly, identify and avoid the allergen as much possible. Unfortunately this advice may not always actually be practical.

Nasal sprays with corticosteroids plus/minus antihistamines are useful to reduce symptoms in more mild cases of hay fever.

Antihistamine tablets are also very commonly used, although it’s essential to differentiate between the sedating and non-sedating varieties. Eye-drops may be effective in reducing redness and itchiness.

Decongestant sprays should only be used for short term relief and must be avoided in people who are pregnant or who have high blood pressure.

Again, it is essential to discuss any medications with your doctor or pharmacist before treatment.

Allergen desensitisation immunotherapy treatments are usually supervised by an immunologist (specialist allergy doctor).

This can be a very effective treatment.

More recently, treatment with anti-wrinkle medications have been used to reduce the symptoms and severity of hay fever.

The medication can be injected into the nasal lining, or simply swabbed on and absorbed by the nasal lining.

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