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.