Hay Fever, Allergies & Asthma

Hay Fever Treatment

Over-the-counter medicine is sometimes all that is needed for the treatment of hay fever but depending on the medicines you take (if any) over the counter antihistamines may not be a great idea. If you suffer with severe hay fever you’ll be able to get help and advice from a professional at MeeDoc who will be able to advice on the best course of treatment for you.

Common symptoms

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, sore or watery eyes
  • Itchy ears and/or throat
  • Facial pain and headaches caused by blocked sinuses
  • Earache
  • Fatigue

When to consult a doctor

You will need to seek further medical advice if the medication is not working or if the symptoms aggravate an asthmatic condition or if the sinuses become inflamed and painful.

Asthma Treatment

Around 75% of hospital admissions for asthma are avoidable with the use of correct diagnosis and treatment. Asthma is treated with inhalers; commonly a combination of preventer and reliever (bronchodilators) inhalers, and advice on how to use these properly will be given by our doctor. Severe cases of asthma are sometimes treated in hospital with corticosteroid injections and oxygen therapy.

Common symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing, making a whistling sound when breathing
  • Coughing
  • Panic

Symptoms can often be worse at night when lying down and can often be triggered by an allergen such as dust mites, or worsened by hay fever.

When to consult a doctor

If you show any of the above symptoms, or if you suspect your child may have asthma, it is always best to seek immediate medical advice. Asthma can be very serious, leading to hospitalisation or death in some cases.

Allergies and Allergy-related Illness Treatment

Depending on the level of reaction, there are numerous treatment options. If you suspect an anaphylactic reaction is occurring, emergency treatment is needed, usually with an injection of adrenaline. Other, less serious allergies can be treated with over-the-counter medicines which our doctors can advise on.

Common Symptoms

The symptoms relating to allergies can vary according to what triggers the reaction. The commonest one is known as allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, and the symptoms for this are:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Itchy, sore or watery eyes
  • Itchy ears and/or throat
  • Facial pain and headaches caused by blocked sinuses
  • Earache
  • Fatigue

Symptoms can also be triggered by exposure to mould, animal dander, house dust mites and other insects and will include wheezing and coughing. An allergy to certain foods may cause vomiting and diarrhoea, or sometimes may result in itchy and irritated skin. A rare allergic reaction can result in anaphylaxis producing symptoms including:

  • Swelling of the throat and mouth
  • Difficulty breathing.

When to consult a doctor

It is wise to contact a doctor when you suffer any recurring allergic reaction or have been treated for a severe one, as they will be able to offer advice on living with allergies and information about how to manage your symptoms. Consultations via MeeDoc can be with allergy specialists, or general practitioners who have had much experience in treating these types of problems.