Hay fever

1 week to 3 months hay fever treatment combining tablets, sprays, and eye drops available to buy online from Dr Fox pharmacy.

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Loratadine

Loratadine 10mg

30-90 tablets from £5.50

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Cetirizine

Cetirizine 10mg

30-90 tablets from £5.50

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Telfast

Telfast/fexofenadine 120mg

30-90 tablets from £5.60

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Dymista

Dymista nasal spray

1-2 bottles from £22.00

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Ryaltris

Ryaltris nasal spray

1-2 bottles from £17.40

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Rhinolast

Rhinolast nasal spray

1-3 bottles from £14.40

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Avamys

Avamys nasal spray

1-3 bottles from £13.10

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Beconase

Beconase nasal spray

1-3 bottles from £6.40

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Azelair

Azelair nasal spray

1-3 bottles from £15.80

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Sodium Cromoglicate

Sodium Cromoglicate

1-3 bottles from £5.20

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Catacrom

Catacrom eye drops

1-3 packs from £13.90

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Optilast

Optilast eye drops

1-2 bottles from £12.80

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Prices

Hay fever treatment Quantity Cost
Loratadine 10mg 30 tablets (1 month) £5.50
Loratadine 10mg 60 tablets (2 months) £6.80
Loratadine 10mg 90 tablets (3 months) £8.40
Cetirizine 10mg 30 tablets (1 month) £5.50
Cetirizine 10mg 60 tablets (2 months) £6.80
Cetirizine 10mg 90 tablets (3 months) £8.20
Telfast 120mg (fexofenadine) 30 tablets £12.60
Telfast 120mg (fexofenadine) 60 tablets (2 months) £19.20
Telfast 120mg (fexofenadine) 90 tablets (3 months) £25.70
Fexofenadine 120mg (generic Telfast) 30 tablets £5.60
Fexofenadine 120mg (generic Telfast) 60 tablets (2 months) £9.90
Fexofenadine 120mg (generic Telfast) 90 tablets (3 months) £14.70
Beconase Aqueous nasal spray (beclometasone dipropionate) 1 x 22gm spray, 200 doses £6.40
Beconase Aqueous nasal spray (beclometasone dipropionate) 2 x 22gm spray, each 200 doses £10.80
Beconase Aqueous nasal spray (beclometasone dipropionate) 3 x 22gm spray, each 200 doses £13.20
Dymista nasal spray (azelastine and fluticasone) One bottle (23gm) £22.00
Dymista nasal spray (azelastine and fluticasone) Two bottles (23gm x 2) £39.60
Ryaltris nasal spray (olopatadine and mometasone) 1 bottle (30 mls) £17.40
Ryaltris nasal spray (olopatadine and mometasone) 2 bottles (60 mls) £29.90
Avamys nasal spray (fluticasone) 1 spray 120 doses £13.10
Avamys nasal spray (fluticasone) 2 sprays each 120 doses £19.80
Avamys nasal spray (fluticasone) 3 sprays each 120 doses £29.20
Rhinolast nasal spray (azelastine 0.1%) 1 x 22ml spray £14.40
Rhinolast nasal spray (azelastine 0.1%) 2 x 22ml spray £24.80
Rhinolast nasal spray (azelastine 0.1%) 3 x 22ml spray £36.20
Azelair nasal spray (azelastine 0.15%) 1 x 20ml £15.80
Azelair nasal spray (azelastine 0.15%) 2 x 20ml £28.20
Azelair nasal spray (azelastine 0.15%) 3 x 20ml £39.90
Sodium cromoglicate eye drops 1 x 10ml bottle £5.20
Sodium cromoglicate eye drops 2 x 10ml bottle £8.90
Sodium cromoglicate eye drops 3 x 10ml bottle £12.40
Catacrom (sodium cromoglicate 2%, preservative-free) 30 x 0.3mls £13.90
Catacrom (sodium cromoglicate 2%, preservative-free) 60 x 0.3mls £25.50
Catacrom (sodium cromoglicate 2%, preservative-free) 90 x 0.3mls £37.80
Optilast eye drops (azelastine 0.05%) 1 x 8ml bottle £12.80
Optilast eye drops (azelastine 0.05%) 2 x 8ml bottle £19.80

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Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

Order value Prescription fee
up to £10 £1.00
up to £20 £2.00
up to £40 £3.00
over £40 £4.00

If you have your own private or NHS paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail Tracked 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

Medical information

Written and reviewed by a team of doctors. Dr Fox is regulated by the CQC & GPhC.

Symptoms of hay fever

Symptoms of hay fever develop if the body is sensitive to pollen or dust. Symptoms usually affect:

  • Eyes: itchy, sore, red, watering.
  • Nose: itchy, sneezing, congestion, running.
  • Throat: itchy.

Some people may also get headache, earache, tiredness, sinus pains, post nasal drip, and less often asthmatic wheeze, breathlessness, and cough.

General information about hay fever at bottom of page.

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Antihistamine tablets taken on their own or with eye drops and/or nasal sprays improve the symptoms of hay fever.

If you have just nasal or eye symptoms you could try nasal sprays or eye drops first, and then add antihistamine tablets as well if needed.

Response to hay fever treatments varies from person to person and sometimes from season to season. If your existing treatment isn't very effective or stops working, it is worth trying different hay fever treatments.

For detailed information about each treatment - including cautions, how to take, and potential side effects - please read the manufacturer's patient information leaflets (links below).


Antihistamine tablets

Dr Fox provides a choice of cetirizine, loratadine, and fexofenadine (Telfast) antihistamine tablets.

How antihistamine tablets work

Hayfever symptoms are caused by histamine release in reaction to pollens. Antihistamine tablets work by blocking the inflammatory actions of histamine. Antihistamine tablets start to work within 30 minutes of being taken. The antihistamine tablets Dr Fox supplies are all non-sedative.

Trying different tablets

Different people often respond better to one antihistamine than another. It is therefore worth trying a different tablet if one doesn't seem to help or has stopped working.

Symptom control

In addition to preventing the sneezing, runny nose, and the sore eyes of hay fever, antihistamine tablets can also be used for allergies to house dust, pets and to prevent and to treat the allergic skin reaction of hives (urticaria).

Possible side effects of antihistamine tablets

Even with non-sedative antihistamine tablets some people occasionally experience drowsiness as a side effect. If you feel sleepy with the tablets, then you should not drive, cycle, or operate machinery. Other common (1 in 100 people) reported side effects, which are not usually troublesome, can include headache, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea, and poor sleep. For more details see the patient information leaflets (links below).


Nasal sprays

Steroid nasal sprays: Beconase & Avamys

Beconase (beclometasone) aqueous and Avamys (fluticasone) contain steroids. These steroid sprays control hay fever symptoms by reducing inflammation of the membranes inside the nose. They should not be used together or at the same time as Dymista or Ryaltris nasal sprays, which also contain a steroid.

Steroid nose sprays used regularly morning and night are effective in relieving the nasal symptoms of hay fever. The occasional spray now and then will not work and they don't give immediate symptom relief. Symptoms are only controlled if a steroid nose spray is used on a regular basis throughout the hay fever season. It takes at least 3-4 days to get the best effect. They should not be used continuously for more than 12 weeks.

Antihistamine nasal sprays: Rhinolast and Azelair

Rhinolast and Azelair contain the fast-acting antihistamine azelastine. Azelastine controls hay fever by stopping histamine from being released into the membranes inside the nose. Rhinolast and Azelair should NOT be used at the same time as each other, or with Dymista (azelastine & fluticasone) nasal spray, as they all contain azelastine.

Rhinolast and Azelair work within 15 minutes of the spray being used. Symptom relief lasts about 12 hours. If hay fever is severe or has been present for many days they will not immediately settle down all the inflammation that has built up. Used regularly morning and night, Rhinolast will provide continuous antihistamine action. Azelair is initially used once daily but can be increased to twice daily if necessary.

Steroid plus antihistamine nasal spray: Dymista and Ryaltris

Dymista and Ryaltris combine two medications in one treatment. They therefore have a dual action. Dymista contains a fast-acting antihistamine called azelastine and a steroid called fluticasone. Ryaltris contains the antihistamine olopatadine and the steroid mometasone.

The antihistamines usually starts to work within 15-30 minutes, giving quick symptom relief. For ongoing and improving symptom relief, Dymista and Ryaltris should be continued twice daily. It takes a few days of regular use for the steroid part of the spray to reduce inflammation.

The antihistamine effect of Dymista and Ryaltris wears off over 12-24 hours and the steroid effects usually wear off over a few days after stopping the spray.

Dymista and Ryaltris should NOT be used together, or with other nasal sprays, for allergic rhinitis. These may contain the same or similar ingredients and you may get a double dose.

Possible side effects of nasal sprays

Very little of the active ingredients of nasal sprays are absorbed into the body and as a result systemic side effects are minimal. There may be soreness and dry skin inside the nose, mild nosebleed, and possibly taste disturbance. If using a steroid nasal spray regularly there is a small risk of developing thrush within the nose. If you think you may have thrush, stop the nasal spray and consult your regular doctor.

Manufacturers recommend avoiding use of these sprays in pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding and also where there is known allergy or sensitivity to the ingredients.

Beconase, Avamys, Dymista, and Ryaltris contain steroids which on rare occasions could damage the eye. Any vision problems or disturbances should be checked by an optician.


Eye drops

How eye drops work

Dr Fox supplies two different types of eye drop: Sodium cromoglicate which is used 4 times a day to stop histamine release, and Optilast (azelastine) a fast-acting antihistamine which blocks the inflammation caused by histamine and also reduces histamine release.

One type of eye drop may work better for you than another, so it can be useful to try different drops. It is advisable to begin with using only one type of eye drop at a time but in severe cases both sodium cromoglicate and Optilast can safely be used together.

Using eye drops

Eye drops are effective if used before dust and pollen exposure, or for control of symptoms once they have started. Sodium cromoglicate drops take a few days of regular use to be effective. Optilast will give rapid relief when used, but can also be used regularly to prevent symptoms.

Possible side effects of eye drops

Very little of the active agents are absorbed into the body. Systemic side effects are unlikely. There may be short lived blurring of vision when drops are applied. Sensitivity reactions can lead to soreness and irritation in and around the eye, but this is unusual. Sometimes sensitivity is to the preservative benzalkonium chloride and Dr Fox can supply preservative-free sodium cromoglycate eye drops (Catacrom).

Eye drops for hay fever should not be used whilst wearing contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after eye drop application before inserting contact lenses.


For further details about each product see the links below to manufacturer's product leaflets.

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Hay fever - general information

How a hay fever attack happens

Illustration: how a hay fever attack happens

Hay fever symptoms arise if the body is sensitive to pollen or dust. This sensitivity results in the release of histamine which in turn causes inflammation. The runny nose, sneezing, and sore eyes of hay fever are a result of this. The histamine comes from cells that normally fight infection. In hay fever these cells become abnormally sensitised to pollen, and so they release histamine and cause symptoms, when pollen levels rise.

Hay fever is usually treated with medication which prevents histamine release or prevents the inflammation caused by histamine. Other ways to prevent hay fever include avoiding pollen and dust, and in some cases, undergoing treatments aimed at desensitising the body.

Preventing hay fever

It is difficult to avoid pollen but it may be possible to reduce exposure.

  • Use vaseline around your nostrils. This can trap pollen and stop it getting into your nose.
  • Avoid grass cutting and places where pollen counts are high.
  • Vacuum regularly, preferably using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Keep pets out of the house during the hay fever season.
  • Stay indoors when pollen counts are high. You can check the pollen forecast or there are many helpful apps available.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Wraparound sunglasses reduce pollen contacting the eyes.
  • Shower after going outside.

Further information about hay fever

This page written and reviewed by doctors

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 12 July 2010 by Dr Tony Steele
MB ChB Sheffield University 1983. Former hospital doctor and GP. GMC no. 2825328

Reviewed by Dr A. Wood, Dr B. Babor
Last reviewed 13 November 2023
Last updated 17 May 2024
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Have you read the hay fever medical information?

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Are you allergic to the hay fever treatment you wish to obtain?

Beconase, Dymista, Ryaltris, and Avamys nasal sprays contain steroids. Nose sprays and some eye drops also contain the preservative benzalkonium chloride.

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • Liver or kidney disease
  • History of irregular heart rhythms
  • Epilepsy
  • Tuberculosis
  • Taking other medication containing steroids or ritonavir

Are you pregnant or breastfeeding or intending either whilst taking treatment?

Are you aware that there is a small chance that antihistamine tablets can cause drowsiness and impair driving?

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  • The medication is for my own use and I will not share with anyone else
  • I will read the patient information leaflet(s) supplied with medication
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