Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is a common condition which affects around 18% of the Australian population. Some of the typical symptoms experienced by patients with hay fever are sneezing, runny or congested nose, loss of smell, itchy or watery eyes, and headaches. Many patients take daily medications and use nasal sprays with little or no relief.

Medications which are commonly known for relaxing muscles of facial expression (‘antiwrinkle’ drugs), are increasingly being used to treat hay fever symptoms with good effect. Over the last decade, research has demonstrated that ‘hay spray’ as it is more commonly known, is a safe and effective treatment option for hay fever sufferers in whom other therapies have failed or those patients who do not wish to take daily medication.

What is ‘hay spray’ for hay fever treatment?

Hay fever can be relieved with the use of antiwrinkle medications. These medications are most commonly used as an injectable product for relaxing facial muscles. Antiwrinkle medications are delivered to the nasal passage as a nasal spray (no injections are required).

How does ‘hay spray’ treat hay fever symptoms?

The antiwrinkle medications work by blocking the conduction of nerve signals in the nasal passage leading to a reduction in inflammation of the tissues and therefore cause a reduction in severity and even the onset of symptoms. Not all symptoms of hay fever respond to this treatment with clients primarily seeing a result in runny and congested noses.

What are the benefits of ‘hay spray’ over other hay fever treatments?

Most hay fever sufferers will take hay fever medication daily, especially during the spring and summer months when airborne grass pollens are most prevalent. Windy days can also circulate a large amount of pollen, increasing the symptoms for allergic rhinitis sufferers on those days. ‘Hay spray’ is a great alternative, it provides longer term relief than taking daily medications and it has few reported side effects. Effects of ‘hay spray’ may last up to 8-12 weeks but the therapeutic effect can persist for up to 6 months.

Hay spray for treatment of hay fever symptoms suits patients who want a longer-term solution to their hay fever symptoms. Some patients may opt to have treatment with ‘hay spray’ to avoid side effects they may be experiencing from oral medication and nasal sprays. ‘Hay spray’ treatments are also suitable for those who have not achieved satisfactory relief from hay fever symptoms with the other available treatment options.

For optimal results we recommend performing a FESS® nasal & sinus wash gentle strength 1 hour prior to your treatment appointment. This can be purchased from most pharmacies for approximately $10-$15. Performing the nasal rinse prior to treatment allows the botulinum toxin to have better contact with the nasal passage, and in turn, allows more of the product to reach and target the nerves that trigger your hay fever symptoms.

Do not use any nasal sprays for 24 hours prior to the procedure. This includes saline and corticoid steroid sprays.

The ‘hay spray’ treatment is performed by our clinic doctors and registered nurses.

The process is very quick and without any discomfort. For initial consultations we allocate 30 minutes with subsequent treatments taking approximately 15 minutes. The product is sprayed into each nostril using a nasal atomiser designed specifically for the nasal passage. No needles or injections are required.

No nose blowing, using nasal sprays and vigorous exercise for 4 hours following the treatment.
There is no downtime time with hay spray treatment, and you can resume normal activities immediately following treatment (keeping in mind the aftercare process).
The onset of results will vary from patient to patient and will depend mainly on the severity of symptoms, the dose used and individual patient factors. Generally, we have found that patients start noticing relief from their allergy symptoms one to two weeks following treatment.

Results from botulinum toxin hay fever treatment are not permanent. Some patients who experience seasonal hay fever symptoms may only require one treatment at the beginning of the hay fever season to relieve symptoms. However, patients who experience symptoms all year round may opt to have a second treatment after 4 to 8 weeks.

Treatment frequency can vary depending on how severe your symptoms are and how severe the current hay fever season is.

Side effects to the treatment are minimal. You may experience hay fever symptoms immediately following treatment (likely due to the treatment process). A dry nasal passage has also been reported in 10%-15% of patients
The cost of botulinum toxin hay fever treatment is $290 for the initial treatment and $240 for subsequent treatments (same dose). In severe cases doses may need to be increased at a higher cost but this will be determined by your treating practitioner.
We recommend one treatment at the commencement of hay fever season, ideally before the onset of symptoms. Individuals suffering with moderate to severe hay fever will require a second treatment after 4 weeks with the same initial dose.

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