Allergic Rhinitis (Also Known as Hay Fever) Treatment Wollongong
King Street Medical Centre in Warrawong
Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, is a common condition that affects millions of people across the world. It can be incredibly disruptive to your daily life and make it difficult to go about day-to-day tasks with any measure of comfort. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help alleviate the symptoms associated with hay fever, including botulinum toxin. Let's take a closer look at how this treatment works and what you need to know if you’re considering using it.
An Asthma Management Plan Can Help Manage Triggers & Reduce Attacks
Asthma is a respiratory condition that can usually be managed with inhalers to treat symptoms, but severe cases may require strict management and use of oral steroids or stronger inhalers.
What Is Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis (also known as hayfever) is a condition that causes the lining of the nose to become inflamed and swollen. This can lead to a number of symptoms, including a runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and itchiness. Allergic rhinitis is often caused by exposure to airborne allergens, such as pollen or dust. In some cases, it may also be caused by food allergies.
Treatment for allergic rhinitis typically involves avoiding triggers and using medications to relieve symptoms. Hay Fever can be a nuisance, but it is usually not a serious condition. However, in severe cases, it can lead to complications such as sinus infections or asthma attacks.
Symptoms Of Hay Fever
The most common symptoms of hay fever sufferers are nasal symptoms such as congestion, runny nose or blocked nose, sneezing, nasal itching, sinus pain or discomfort and loss of smell. Other symptoms may include:
// Eye Itching
// Eye Redness
// Eyes Watering
// Daytime Lethargy
// Increased use of an asthmatic inhaler
Some common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
// Wheezing or whistling sound when exhaling
// Frequent coughing
// Tightness in the chest
// Shortness of breath
// Sleeping difficulty due to coughing, or shortness of breath
// Increased use of an asthmatic inhaler
What is the Botulinum Toxin Hay Fever Treatment?
Hay fever can be relieved with the use of botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin, most commonly known as an injectable product for relaxing facial muscles, is applied topically in the nasal passage to prevent the triggering of hay fever symptoms.
In cases of allergic rhinitis, Botulinum toxin intranasal spray is used to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages. When injected into the nasal mucosa (the lining inside the nose), Botulinum toxin works by blocking the release of neurotransmitters from nerve cells in the area where it is applied . Botulinum toxin blocks the release of histamine and other inflammatory substances which cause sneezing, itching and runny nose associated with allergies. As a result, patients experience reduced symptoms within days of receiving treatment.
The triggers and onset of asthma differ for each individual who learns to recognize symptoms very quickly. Some asthma triggers may include:
// Physical activity
// Weather changes
// Pollutants such as smoke, pollen, and dust
// Viral infections such as the common cold or flu
// Chemicals or strong smells such as cologne and perfume
How Does Botulinum Toxin Treat Hay Fever Symptoms?
The botulinum toxin works by blocking the conduction of nerve signals in the nasal passage which triggers the onset of hay fever symptoms.
What are the Benefits of Botulinum Toxin Hay Fever Treatment over other Hay Fever Treatments?
Most hay fever sufferers will take hay fever medication daily, especially during the spring and summer months when airborne grass pollen are most prevalent. Windy days can also circulate a large amount of pollen, increasing the symptoms for allergic rhinitis sufferers on those days. Botulinum toxin treatments are a great alternative, they provide long-term relief without the need to take a daily tablet or use nasal sprays and have no reported side effects.
Who is a Suitable Person for Botulinum Toxin Hay Fever Treatment?
Botulinum toxin hay fever treatment suits patients who want a longer-term solution to their hay fever symptoms. Some patients may opt to have treatment with botulinum toxin to avoid side effects they may be experiencing from oral medication and nasal sprays. Botulinum toxin treatments are also suitable for those who have not achieved satisfactory relief from allergic rhinitis symptoms with the other available treatment options.
When Will I See Results From Treatment?
The onset of results will vary from patient to patient due to severity of symptoms, the dose used and individual patient factors.
Generally, we have found that patients begin to notice relief from their allergy symptoms one to two weeks following treatment.
Are the Results Permanent?
Results from botulinum toxin hay fever treatment are not permanent but can last anywhere between 6-9 months. Some patients that experience seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) only require this treatment at the beginning of the hay fever season to relieve symptoms. However, patients who experience symptoms all year round may opt to have treatment every 6 to 12 weeks. Treatment frequency can vary depending on how severe your symptoms are and how severe the current hay fever season is.
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Where To Find King Street Medical Warrawong
We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.
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