Hayfever & Allergies

Find relief from hay fever and allergies with our specialised services.

We understand the impact of allergic rhinitis and offer effective treatments to help manage your symptoms.

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to airborne substances such as pollen, typically from trees, grasses, and weeds. The immune system responds inappropriately to these allergens, leading to symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and fatigue.

Primary Treatments:

  1. Dymista (Azelastine/Fluticasone): A nasal spray combining an antihistamine and a corticosteroid, Dymista provides effective relief by targeting both nasal symptoms and inflammation. It’s particularly beneficial for those experiencing moderate to severe hay fever symptoms.
  2. Avamys (Fluticasone Furoate): This nasal spray contains a corticosteroid that helps alleviate nasal congestion, sneezing, and itching. Avamys is suitable for those seeking targeted relief from hay fever symptoms affecting the nasal passages.
  3. Fexofenadine: An oral antihistamine, Fexofenadine is known for its non-drowsy formula. It effectively reduces symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, providing comprehensive relief for hay fever sufferers.
  4. Eye Drops (Opatanol): Opatanol is an antihistamine eye drop that alleviates itching and redness associated with hay fever. It provides targeted relief for irritated eyes caused by allergens.
  5. Nasal Spray (Otrivine): Otrivine is a nasal spray that helps clear nasal congestion, allowing for easier breathing. It’s a fast-acting solution for those experiencing nasal symptoms due to hay fever.
  6. Eye Sprays: Various eye sprays are available to relieve itchy and irritated eyes caused by hay fever. These sprays provide localized relief and can be used alongside other treatments for enhanced effectiveness.
  7. Fusion Allergy Products: Our pharmacy offers a range of fusion allergy products designed to address specific hay fever symptoms. These may include combination medications that target multiple aspects of allergic reactions for comprehensive relief.

Kenalog (Triamcinolone) Injection for Severe Cases: – Alternative treatment

For individuals with severe hay fever unresponsive to conventional treatments, Kenalog injection serves as a viable alternative. Approximately 10% of hay fever sufferers do not find relief from standard treatments, making Kenalog a potential solution to improve the quality of life during allergy seasons.

About Kenalog Injection:

Each Kenalog injection contains Triamcinolone acetonide 40mg/1ml, a corticosteroid that suppresses the body’s inflammatory and allergic responses. Administered as an intramuscular injection into the buttock muscle, Kenalog offers temporary relief from hay fever symptoms. It doesn’t cure hay fever but provides significant relief that can last the entire season.

Procedure and Duration:

The injection process of Kenalog is swift and relatively painless, with effects lasting about three weeks. While the injection itself takes only a few seconds, the relief from symptoms can extend throughout the allergy season.

Benefits of Kenalog Injection:

  • Effectively relieves severe hay fever symptoms.
  • Provides season-long relief for many individuals.
  • Reduces fatigue and improves concentration during allergy season.
  • May be an option for those unresponsive to other treatments.

Potential Side Effects:

As with any corticosteroid, Kenalog injections carry potential side effects, though rare at the administered dose. Some general side effects include mood changes, indigestion, and weight gain. Specific to Kenalog, there is a theoretical risk of increased susceptibility to infections and the possibility of skin changes at the injection site.

Serious Adverse Effects:

While rare, serious adverse effects such as anaphylactic allergic reactions can occur. Immediate medical attention is necessary if symptoms like facial swelling, breathing difficulties, or severe abdominal pain arise.


  • Consultation Fee: £30
  • Kenalog Injection: £100 for 1 vial, £120 for 2 vials (depending on consultation outcome)

Considering Alternatives:

Before opting for Kenalog, patients are encouraged to explore alternative treatments, both non-medical and prescription-based. Over-the-counter antihistamines, eye drops, and nasal sprays are available, as well as prescription medications like Fexofenadine and Prednisolone. Immunotherapy (desensitization) is also an option for long-term relief.

Informed Decision and Consent:

Given the unlicensed nature of Kenalog for hay fever in the UK, patients are presented with detailed information to make an informed decision. A thorough discussion with the Clinical Prescribing Pharmacist and signing a consent form indicating understanding of risks precedes the injection.

At Bramley Pharmacy, we prioritize patient choice and provide access to a wide range of hay fever treatments, tailoring solutions to individual needs. Whether seeking relief from nasal symptoms, itchy eyes, or severe hay fever, our healthcare professionals are here to guide you. If you have questions or require further clarification, please consult with our team for personalized advice.

To book an appointment please call 0208 840 4464