Avamys: Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, which is most commonly experienced from late February to September in the UK. An allergic reaction usually occurs when pollen comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat.
If you are unsure your allergies are being triggered by pollen, then you should see your GP to get a proper diagnosis and have anything else ruled out that may be causing your symptoms.
Once you have a diagnosis for hay fever, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce your symptoms. With one in five Brits suffering from hay fever each year it pays to prepare yourself for when the hay fever season starts.
Hay fever season
In most years hay fever season typically starts at the end of March and lasts throughout the summer months until around the end of September. Throughout the hay fever season, there can be several different pollen types present that can trigger allergies at any time.
The earliest pollen experienced is tree pollen that rises from late March to the middle of May. This is then followed by grass pollen, which stays around from mid-May to the end of July. There is also pollen from weeds that circulates from the end of June to September.
These dates can vary depending on which area of the UK you live in, so hay fever season may start sooner or later in some places, especially in the north of England where the season starts later and has a much shorter season than in southern parts of the UK.
It is also interesting to note that grass pollen levels have two peaks in the year, with the first one in early June and the second peak hitting in early to mid-July. Grass pollen levels gradually tail off following the second peak. However, weather conditions will affect pollen levels so having a wet spring and summer will help to damp down circulating pollen levels.
Symptoms of hay fever
If you suspect that you are sensitive to pollen then lookout for the following symptoms of hay fever:
- A runny or blocked nose
- Feeling tired
- Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Loss of smell
- Pain around your forehead and temples
- Sneezing and coughing
Asthma sufferers may also feel worse hay fever symptoms and the allergic reaction to the pollen can trigger reactions such as:
- A tight feeling in your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing and coughing
Treating hay fever with Avamys
Although there’s no cure or prevention for hay fever, you can use a treatment such as Avamys to help reduce your symptoms. Avamys contains an active substance called fluticasone furoate which is a corticosteroid used to treat allergic rhinitis and symptoms of hay fever.
Avamys is a nasal spray and is suitable for use with adults, adolescents (12 years and over) and children (6-11 years). This medication can only be obtained with a prescription.
This medication is used to treat the inflammation of the nasal passages that is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen or other irritating substances. Symptoms of nasal inflammation include runny nose, blocked nose, itching and sneezing.
The fluticasone furoate contained in Avamys is a corticosteroid. It works in a similar way to our own natural corticosteroid hormones by naturally damping down the reaction of our immune system to the irritating elements of pollen.
It works to reduce the release of substances such as histamine that are involved in the inflammation process, quickly reducing the symptoms of your pollen allergy.
Your doctor will tell you how much Avamys to use, but the recommended dose for patients over the age of 12 is two sprays in each nostril once per day.
Once your allergic symptoms are under control, you can reduce the dose to one spray in each nostril per day. It is advised not to use any more than the recommended dose each day and to only use the lowest effective dose that helps to keep your symptoms at bay.
For children under the age of 12, the recommended dose is one spray in each nostril once per day. Your doctor may advise you to adjust this dose if the symptoms are not controlled with one dose per day.
To get the most effective benefit from using Avamys, you should use it regularly throughout the hay fever season and administer it at the same time each day. The medication usually begins to work most effectively after eight hours following the first spray. It can take a few days for the medication to build up to give you maximum benefit.
Avamys should only be used to treat hay fever during the hay fever season and for only as long as the patient is exposed to the pollen that is irritating them.
Obtaining Avamys from Access Doctor
At AccessDoctor we provide many clinically effective treatments for hay fever. With our quick and convenient online consultation service, you can receive your treatment within 24 hours of ordering.
Simply complete our online health consultation form and once our prescribing doctor approves your online consultation and issues you with a prescription, you can pay for your Avamys prescription securely online.
Our pharmacy team will prepare your prescription and dispatch it to you in discreet packaging using our free next-day delivery service.
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