MUMS private GPs offer an injection for Hayfever where patients symptoms are severe and their quality of life and ability to work optimally is affected.
Solihull is a particularly leafy suburb and our patients are affected by pollens and allergens – our likely culprits being flower and tree pollen such as silver birch and rapeseed.
For patients who have severe symptoms that have not responded to treatments such as antihistamines, eye drops etc – it is possible at MUMS to have a GP Consultation to discuss having the hay fever injection. The GP consultation/Injection costs £100.00.
The hayfever injection is a corticosteroid injection which has anti-inflammatory properties. It suppresses your immune system and stops the pollen response which causes the symptoms. You should not have the Covid Vaccination for at least 2 weeks following your hayfver injection.
MUMS GPs adhere to good practice guidelines and will risk assess you to ensure it is clinically appropriate for you to have the injection, detailing the side effects and benefits.
Most patients who have an annual hayfever injection report a great response.
The injection is administered in the buttock and has an almost immediate effect and can last for approximately 3 months.
Of course, MUMS GPs will discuss all treatments available and together you can weigh up the risks and benefits. Our GPs see a lot of patients who have tried oral and topical medications without success
No intervention currently available to severe hayfever sufferers in the UK offers greater convenience, symptom relief and patient satisfaction than this single intramuscular injection which can last up to three months.
All patients attending our clinics for this injection are advised to read the manufacturer’s patient information leaflet so that they are able to make an informed decision to have treatment, having considered all the risks, as with all medication.
We want you to have clear information about your choice to have an injection to relieve the symptoms of hay-fever. It is really important you understand this information so please discuss any questions with the doctor. We also encourage you to seek further information online or elsewhere to make sure you are comfortable the risks and benefits of this treatment.
For many people it completely relieves the symptoms for the entire season and for others it reduces the severity of the symptoms to a point where adding other treatments can allow life as normal. Occasionally a second dose of the injection may be needed. The doctor will discuss this with you. It is not recommended that anyone have more than 80mg (2 injections) per season except in exceptional circumstances. Possible Side-effects: Steroids are powerful medications designed to reduce the body’s inflammatory and allergic responses. The injection, 40mg, is approximately equivalent to the effects you would get from taking a 5mg tablet of Prednisolone every day for about 3 weeks.
These injections, like all steroids can cause unwanted side-effects, although these are rare at the dose levels that you get from a hayfever injection. The unique issue with a hayfever injection that differentiates it from oral steroids is that once the injection is administered the effects last for at least 3 weeks. With tablets the effects are gone within about 24 hours or less. This is the main reason NHS guidelines have identified this method of administering steroids as a problem.