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Hay Fever

The benefits of a steroid injection for Hay Fever

The injection is a single dose of Kenalog. Injected into the gluteal muscle the medication will suppress the excessive inflammatory response associated with hay fever.

The risk

Under current Co-Vid 19 guidance patients must acknowledge that the use of steroids will decrease their immune response. This can make fighting the Co-Vid 19 virus more difficult. As a consequence, we strongly recommend you first try decongestants and minimise your exposure to pollen.

In keeping with current Co-Vid 19 guidance, any person who is shielding, high risk or presenting with Co-Vid symptoms is not eligible for injection.

The exclusions include:

  • Under 18 or over 70 (Co-Vid 19 protocol)
  • If the person has or recently had cancer.
  • Glaucoma
  • Taking medication that could interfere with Kenalog (steroid)
  • If you are diabetic, have high blood pressure or other heart problems.
  • Diagnosed with Osteoporosis.

Check you have got Hay Fever!

Please do not mistake hay fever symptoms for corona-virus or the other way round.

The symptoms of corona-virus typically include a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.

Hay fever does not typically cause a high temperature and most people with hay fever do not feel unwell. Their symptoms will also fluctuate with changes in the level of pollen.

Please phone 0114 2671901  to make your appointment.

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Information on how coVID -19 is affecting clinical practice.
Please read the following. It contains information about Injection Therapy and the latest changes surrounding coVID-19.
Firstly, it has become standard practice to ask people with any symptoms to self isolate. The symptoms relate to fever, persistent cough and a sore throat. 
Anyone who has recently travelled or been in contact with someone who may be infected is also advised to self isolate.

Ultrasound scans to help confirm your diagnosis will continue as normal. Remember, there are lots of changes that can be made to manage your problem once diagnosis is established.

The use of injections such as Ostenil to assist with joint lubrication will also continue as normal. Please mention to the reception staff if you are considering Ostenil, just to make sure we have enough in stock.
What about the use of steroid injections
The use of Cortico-steroids does however need a bit more understanding. Cortico-steroids have a minimal effect on suppressing a persons immune system. This effect is not normally a problem, but with coVID-19, people at risk are having a difficult time in fighting off the viral infection. Therefore any compromise to their immune system is not advised.
The high risk group includes people:
  • Over the age of 70 years.
  • Any immunosuppressant disease; such as Lupus, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Type 1 diabetes.
  • People with breathing problems such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma.
  • And anyone with cardiac problems such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or angina.

Please Note: There are diseases and pathology that prevent good health irrespective of an individuals actions. The advice in this blog is not a substitute for medical opinion. Always consult your healthcare professional for specific advice on your personal condition. But please remember, best health irrespective of condition will always be optimised if your chemistry is made as good as possible.