Sufferers start hay fever fight back

With hot weather seeing pollen levels soaring, Spire Liverpool Hospital has seen a 67%¹ rise in appointments for injections to relieve the symptoms of hay fever.

Expert private GP Dr Arun Ghosh at Spire Liverpool Hospital believes an increase in pollen has seen a surge in hay fever sufferers making appointments for injections, which help prevent symptoms such as itchy and watering eyes, an itchy, stuffy and runny nose and sneezing.

The NHS says 95% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen, which is at its peak during the months of June and July.

Only in April, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit director, Professor Roy Kennedy, said levels would rocket in what threatened to be the biggest pollen burst since 1962.  He also predicted the period to June would see the highest pollen levels for more than five decades.

Dr Arun Ghosh who holds private gp clinics in Spire Liverpool Hospital said:  “From our figures it seems predictions have proven correct.  In what has been quite a surprise for the hospital, appointments for injections to prevent hay fever allergies have been up by 67%.  Injections that are no longer available on the NHS, but are effective in relieving symptoms, for over a whole season in some cases, have been providing relief this summer.

“For some, people hay fever can be debilitating and affect enjoyment of day-to-day life, but it looks like people are putting up a fight as they seek a vital life line to normal living.”

There are two types of injection used for allergies such as hay fever. One known as Kenalog, costing around £100, suppresses the overall allergic reaction by inducing a synthetic steroid that has an anti-inflammatory effect*

The second, known as Grazax, a grass pollen allergen extract, is an antihistamine that can help prevent hay fever symptoms caused by a grass pollen allergy.  From £200, the effects should last across the summer months and may need to be repeated annually.  

To make an appointment contact Ghosh Medical on 0151 651 2406 or call us direct on 07843699263 and for further information visit /myhealth/vaccinations/hay-fever-injections.aspx