The Hay Fever Hub
About Hay Fever
Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis. It is most commonly caused by an allergy to the pollens released by grasses, trees and flowers. Some people also get it from house dust-mites, moulds or dusts/chemicals. It’s caused by your immune system over-reacting to these air-borne particles.
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 variety of hay fever treatments that require a doctor’s prescription:
- Steroid nasal sprays: such as Avamys, Rhinocort and Omnaris- using these regularly for weeks or months as a “preventer” may help the runny nose, and often the itchy eyes too.
- Combined steroid & antihistamine nasal spray: Using Dymista regularly for weeks or months as a “preventer” may help the runny nose, and often the itchy eyes- with the fast-acting antihistamine ingredient tending to give some immediate symptom relief too.
- Singulair (Montelukast): this is a relatively new tablet which can help allergies, 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 alleviate the itchy watery eyes of hay fever
- 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. Even though some antihistamines are labelled “non-drowsy”, 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 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 try a medication for your symptoms, simply select one of the medications below and we’ll take you through a series of important questions to make sure it’s the right choice for you.
Compare medications and select the one you want
|Image||Name||Meta Active Ingredient/s||Meta Dosage(s)||Meta Repeats||Price||Meta Cheaper Alternative/s||Buy|
|Patanol (eye drops)||olopatidine 0.1%||0.10%||0||$19.99 – $54.98||None||19.99|
|Avamys spray||Fluticasone furoate 27.5mcg||27.5mcg||2||$19.99 – $59.98||None||19.99|
|Dymista 125/50 spray||Fluticasone priopionate 50mcg/azelastine 125mcg||50mcg/125mcg||0||$19.99 – $69.49||None||19.99|
|Generic Montelukast for Hay Fever||Montelukast 10mg||10mg||2||$19.99 – $46.98||None||19.99|
|Singulair for Hay Fever||Montelukast 10mg||10mg||2||$19.99 – $107.98||Generic Montelukast||19.99|
|Rhinocort spray||Budesonide 64mcg||64mcg||2||$19.99 – $76.98||None||19.99|
|Omnaris spray||Ciclesonide 50mcg||50mcg||2||$19.99 – $61.98||None||19.99|
Common Questions and Answers
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.
Usually not. In nearly all cases, diagnosis is obvious based on the symptoms, and the fact they get better when the trigger is avoided and/or a trial of hay fever treatment works. Whilst there are skin prick tests and blood tests available, they are not often performed, as they frequently show false positives, which can be misleading. However, if your hay fever is severe, sometimes a GP or respiratory specialist may feel it’s worth getting such tests done.
It varies from person to person. Some find an antihistamine tablet is all that’s needed. However, quite often, drowsiness can be a problem with antihistamines, even the supposedly “non-drowsy” ones! Steroid nasal sprays can be very helpful for nasal symptoms- these take a few weeks of regular use to build up their effect, so it’s important to persist. There are combination sprays such as Dymista, which have a fast-acting antihistamine ingredient as well as a steroid- many people finds these very beneficial. Antihistamine eye drops and other oral medications such as Montelukast can also help.
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 in the pollen season 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 is 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 hay fever, 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 and avoiding triggers. If you’ve got severe hay fever, it is possible to get a course of immunotherapy via an allergy specialist. This involves getting regular injections which, over 3-5 years, may successfully cure your hay fever.
Steroid injections such as Kenalog used to be given for hay fever. Doctors no longer recommend this option because of the negative side effects, and the fact that there are now many other effective, safer treatments.
Yes. Hay fever sufferers are known to be more at risk of thunderstorm asthma. Even if you’ve never been known to have asthma, it’s possible to get your first episode in extreme weather conditions. If you live in a region where thunderstorm asthma occurs, it’s wise to know what to do, and to consider having an asthma action plan in place, just in case. Further information regarding thunderstorm asthma weather warnings is available at www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare, and you can find more about asthma action plans via the National Asthma Council Website or your local doctor.
Health Library- Hay Fever
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 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. People with hay fever may also be at risk for thunderstorm asthma- if you live in Victoria you can now get thunderstorm asthma warnings via an app. And if you want to know more about getting an asthma action plan just in case, click here.
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