Allergic rhinitis

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Allergic rhinitis is present in more than 10-15% of children and around 25% of adults in the UK and is caused by an allergy to pollen, typically tree or grass. Main symptoms are represented by nasal blockage, itchy, runny eyes and nose as well as sneezing and these can vary from mild for many, but for a great deal of people, they have a very real impact on daily activities including work, sports and sleep.

Hay Fever or allergic rhinitis is also commonly associated with asthma and it is well known that untreated allergic rhinitis can progress to asthma in the long run. Modern treatment of hayfever can have an excellent impact on controlling allergic symptoms, making the spring, summer and autumn much more enjoyable and also patient notice that they can decrease the need for chronic medication.

Recent research in the allergic rhinitis has proven that desensitisation or immunotherapy can have the potential to cure allergies by switching the immune system’s response to a specific allergen such as dust or pollen or pet dander.

We are using the latest desensitisation treatments which treat your symptoms not just during the active treatment phase, but for many years after it has stopped.

It is important to know that new forms of immunotherapy are available for the grass and tree pollen and dust allergies that most commonly cause allergic rhinitis. Treatments for pet dander like cat, dog and horse are also available.

Sublingual immunotherapy also known as SLIT involves using a spray, tablet or drops under the tongue, rather than using injections and it is now considered a very safe treatment to be delivered at home. Not only that it treats various symptoms of allergic rhinitis, but recent research also shows that immunotherapy to pollen or dust for example can reduce the risk of developing asthma. There is also the subcutaneous injectable immunotherapy called SCIT which has been used for a very long time in UK.

 

Best candidates for immunotherapy are children and adults who:

  • Get inadequate response from standard medical treatments
  • Wish to reduce their dependence on certain medication like steroids
  • Wish to decrease the risk of developing other allergies or even asthma