The Hay Fever Hub
Welcome to the Hay Fever Hub by Qoctor, where you can get an online prescription for your hay fever medication. Before proceeding, we recommend you take a few minutes to read more about hay fever symptoms and treatment- there is a lot of useful information below.
About Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)
- Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis.
- It is most commonly caused by an allergy to pollen released by grasses, trees and flowers.
- Some people get symptoms all year round from house dust-mites, moulds or dusts/chemicals.
- Your immune system over-reacts to these air-borne particles, leading to runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and other symptoms.
Symptoms vary from person to person and include:
- a runny or blocked nose
- itchy watery eyes
- itchy throat
- asthma-like symptoms, like coughing and wheezing
Our products & prices
Qoctor offers a range of prescription-only hay fever medication:
- Steroid nasal sprays: Avamys, Rhinocort and Omnaris are steroid nasal sprays- used regularly for weeks or months in a preventive way, these may help symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
- Combined steroid & antihistamine nasal spray: Dymista nasal spray contains a steroid and an antihistamine-used regularly for weeks or months, the steroid component can alleviate the runny nose and itchy eyes. It also contains a fast-acting antihistamine ingredient (Azelastine) which offers more immediate symptom relief.
- Singulair (Montelukast): this is a relatively new tablet which can ease hay fever symptoms, particularly if antihistamines and/or nasal sprays are not enough, or are not tolerated.
- Eye drops: Patanol (olopatadine) is an antihistamine eye drop which may successfully treat itchy eyes.
- Antihistamines: are available without prescription at a pharmacy. There’s not much evidence for which is the “best antihistamine”, though some are more likely to cause drowsiness. A lot of the newer antihistamines are labelled “non-drowsy”, but they may still cause drowsiness in certain people. If you drive a lot, or operate heavy machinery at work, you need to be very watchful for this side effect. Loratadine may be the least likely to cause drowsiness.
You can choose to have a paper prescription sent to your home, workplace or local pharmacy. Or for added convenience, order your hay fever medication online- Qoctor can send it to you via express delivery, wherever you are in Australia!
- Qoctor’s online doctor fee is just $19.99- this includes standard postage for your prescription or medication.
- If you’re just getting a paper prescription, that’s it!
- If you order medication for delivery, the pharmacy price of the product you choose will make up the rest of the cost
- If you order a non-prescription medication such as an antihistamine, you just pay for the medication and postage.
- If you want express delivery for any of these, it’s an extra $4.99
- And we’ll always let you know about cheaper generic versions, where available!
If you’d like to get hay fever medication, simply select from the list below and we’ll take you through a series of questions to make sure it’s the right choice for you.
Compare hay fever medication options and select the one you want
|Image||Name||Active Ingredients||Dosage(s)||Qty||Repeats||Price||Cheaper Alternative/s||Buy|
|Patanol (eye drops)||olopatidine 0.1%||0.10%||5ml||0||$19.99 – $54.98||None||19.99|
|Avamys spray||Fluticasone furoate 27.5mcg||27.5mcg||120 doses||2||$19.99 – $59.98||None||19.99|
|Dymista 125/50 spray||Fluticasone priopionate 50mcg/azelastine 125mcg||50mcg/125mcg||120 doses||0||$19.99 – $69.49||None||19.99|
|Generic Montelukast - for Hay Fever||Montelukast 10mg||10mg||28||2||$19.99 – $46.98||None||19.99|
|Singulair - for Hay Fever||Montelukast 10mg||10mg||28||2||$19.99 – $107.98||Generic Montelukast||19.99|
|Rhinocort spray||Budesonide 64mcg||64mcg||120 doses||2||$19.99 – $76.98||None||19.99|
|Omnaris spray||Ciclesonide 50mcg||50mcg||120 doses||2||$19.99 – $61.98||None||19.99|
FAQs – hay fever symptoms & hay fever medication
Hayfever (also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis) is caused by an allergy to pollen. Pollen particles are released into the air by flowers, grasses and trees, particularly in Spring and Summer- causing runny nose, sneezing and itchiness of the throat, eyes and ears. It can be severe in some cases, with bouts of repeated sneezing, a constantly streaming nose and inflamed eyes. On a bad day, it can be almost impossible to work, study or socialise. Some people get hay fever symptoms all year round, from dust, moulds or animal hair/dander.
- Usually not. In nearly all cases, diagnosis is obvious based on the typical hay fever symptoms, and the fact that these symptoms get better when the trigger is avoided and/or a trial of hay fever medication works.
- Whilst there are skin prick tests and blood tests available, they are not often performed, as they often show false positives, which can be misleading.
- However, if your hay fever symptoms are severe, sometimes your GP or respiratory specialist may feel it’s worth getting such tests done.
- There is no single most effective type of hay fever medication- it varies from person to person.
- Some people find a once daily antihistamine tablet controls symptoms very well.
- However, quite often, drowsiness can be a problem with antihistamines, even the supposedly “non-drowsy” ones.
- Other types of hay fever medication such as steroid nasal sprays can be very helpful for an itchy and runny nose- these take a few weeks of regular use to build up their effect, so it’s important to persist.
- Combination nasal sprays such as Dymista contain a fast-acting antihistamine and a slower-acting steroid. Even though Dymista is a little more pricey than other nasal sprays, the dual action makes it a very popular choice among patients.
- Antihistamine eye drops can effectively target the irritated itchy eyes of hay fever
- Montelukast (Singulair) is a tablet which can also be helpful at relieving hay fever symptoms- it may be tried if antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops are not effective.
- Dymista is a newer hay fever medication- a nasal spray which combines a slow acting steroid with a fast-acting antihistamine.
- Taken on a daily basis, it can be very helpful for hay fever symptoms.
- Dymista may be a little more expensive than some other nasal sprays, but that’s because it’s essentially two medications in one.
At peak times it can be hard to avoid pollen, but here are a few sensible tips:
- If possible, try to stay indoors until after midday, particularly when the pollen count is high and on windy days
- Stay indoors during and just after thunderstorms, particularly if pollen counts are high. Information about pollen counts is available at pollenforecast.com.au
- If possible, get someone else to mow your lawn (if you must do it, wear a mask and take an antihistamine beforehand) and stay inside if it’s being mown.
- Keep windows closed both at home and in the car (use recirculating air conditioning in your car if you have it)
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors
- If landscaping your garden select plants that are less likely to trigger hayfever, and make sure none of the more troublesome types are growing near your bedroom window!
- Shower when you get home/after being outdoors
It’s not certain why hay fever happens. But it does seem that there’s a lower risk in people who are exposed to animals early in life, people who grow up on a farm, or those who have lots of brothers and sisters!
- For most people it’s about managing symptoms of hayfever (allergic rhinitis) and avoiding triggers.
- If you’ve got severe allergic rhinitis, it is possible to get a course of immunotherapy via an allergy specialist.
- Immunotherapy involves getting regular injections which, over 3-5 years, may result in desensitisation to the trigger- i.e. a cure, though it does not work for everyone.
Steroid injections such as Kenalog used to be given for hayfever. Doctors no longer recommend this option because of the significant side effects of steroid use, and the fact that there are now many other effective, safer hay fever medications available.
Health Library- Hay Fever & hay fever medication
Hay fever (also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis) is caused by an allergy to pollen. Pollen particles are released into the air by flowers, grasses and trees, particularly in Spring and Summer- causing runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes and throat. Qoctor can provide prescriptions for a wide range of hay fever medication: steroid nasal sprays such as Avamys and Omnaris, combination nasal sprays like Dymista, eye drops and the oral medication Montelukast (Singulair).
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