Allergy & Hay fever

Allergies are defined as the body’s overreaction to a certain, non-harmful substance known as an allergen. Allergies can vary depending on the individual and what may affect you, may not affect others. There are a wide range of allergens that cause allergies with the most common being dust, pollen, animal dander, food, latex and insect bites/stings.

Treatments from My Private Pharmacist

  • Fexofenadine (Generic Telfast)

    • Most effective for severe allergy & hayfever

    • Less likely to make you drowsy

    • Effects last 24 hours

    From£10.99
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  • Rhinolast (Azelastine) nasal spray

    • Steroid free

    • Targets the root cause of nasal symptoms

    • One spray into each nostril twice a day

    From£24.99
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  • Beconase nasal spray (100 doses)

    • Contains low dose steroid

    • Anti-inflamatory effects

    • For adults aged 18 years & over

    From£7.95
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  • Loratadine (Generic)

    • 24 hour relief

    • Generally does not cause drowsiness

    • Available as generic & brand

    From£2.99
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  • Beconase nasal spray (200 doses)

    • Contains low lose steroid

    • Well established clinical use

    • Suitable for adults aged 18 years & over

    From£11.95
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  • Piriton (Chlorphenamine)

    • Fast acting

    • Suitable for allergic reactions

    • Causes sleepiness

    From£3.69
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  • Cetirizine (Generic Benadryl/Piriteze/Zirtek)

    • Popular hayfever treatment

    • Single daily tablet

    • Usually does not cause sleepiness

    From£2.99
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    Opticrom allergy eye drops

    • Sodium Cromoglicate 2%

    • Proven treatment for allergy symptoms in the eyes

    • Suitable in children over 6 years of age and adults

    From£4.99
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  • Dymista Nasal Spray

    • Suitable for severe symptoms like blocked-up & runny nose

    • Combo steroid & antihistamine

    • Relieves post nasal drip, sneezing & itchy nose

    From£26.99
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  • Benadryl (Acrivastine)

    • Works in 15min & lasts up to 8 hours

    • Contains Acrivastine 8mg

    • May cause sleepiness

    From£15.99
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  • Clarityn Allergy (Loratadine)

    • Contains Loratadine

    • Usually non-drowsy

    • Available as brand & generic

    From£9.89
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  • Sterimar Breathe Easy Natural

    • Daily use to unblock the nose & improve breathing

    • 100% sea salt water nasal spray & drug free

    • Suitable for kids from 3 and all adults

    From£7.59
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  • Sterimar Congestion Relief

    • Clears thick mucus in colds/sinusitis

    • Prevents flu & unblocks the nose

    • Suitable for kids from 3 and all adults

    From£7.99
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  • Otrivine (Xylometazoline) nasal spray

    • For adults and children over 12

    • Treat nose block due hay fever, cold/flu

    • Fast acting & lasting up to 10 hours

    From£3.79
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  • Anthisan bite & allergy cream

    • For adults & children over 2 years of age

    • Holiday essential for all families

    • Relieves pain, itching and swelling

    From£4.49
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  • Optrex allergy eye drops

    • Contains Sodium Cromoglicate 2%

    • Safe treatment of allergic symptoms in the eyes

    • Adults and children over 6 years of age

    From£5.69
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What is allergy / hay fever?

Allergies are defined as the body’s overreaction to a certain, non-harmful substance known as an allergen. Allergies can vary depending on the individual and what may affect you, may not affect others. There are a wide range of allergens that cause allergies with the most common being dust, pollen, animal dander, food, latex and insect bites/stings. When your body encounters an allergen, it activates the immune system and releases a chemical called histamine. Histamine is responsible for causing symptoms such as a runny nose, irritation of the eyes, itchy rashes, sneezing and worsening of asthma. Allergies are very common and are thought to affect 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their life. Allergies usually begin in childhood and can subside as you get older, but they can also develop in adults and be lifelong.

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is one of the most common allergic conditions in the UK and is believed to affect up to 30% of all adults and 40% of all children. Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen from grass, trees and weeds. It is a seasonal condition that is mostly seen between late March and September as the pollen count is highest, especially when the weather is warm and windy. The most common symptoms associated with hay fever are a runny/blocked nose, watery eyes and sneezing.

How we can help you

The main advice for the management of allergies is to remove or limit exposure to the allergen, however, this is not always possible. There are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the severity of hay fever such as keeping windows in your house or car closed, changing clothes when you return from being outside and avoiding areas with high amounts of pollen where possible. You can check the daily pollen count via the following link from the Met Office.

We understand that these measures may not always be enough to deal with the unpleasant symptoms of hay fever and that is why we offer a broad range of licensed treatments that can help reduce the severity of your symptoms. The treatments work by decreasing the amount of histamine in the body to help make your allergies more manageable, helping you to carry on with your day and get the most out of the summer weather.

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