1 week to 3 months hay fever treatment combining tablets, sprays, and eye drop remedies.
General information about hay fever at bottom of page.
Selecting hay fever treatment
Antihistamine tablets taken on their own or with eye drops and/or nasal sprays improve the symptoms of hay fever.
Doctors usually prescribe antihistamine tablets first, then add nasal sprays and drops on top, if needed. If you have just nasal or eye symptoms you could try nasal sprays or eye drops first, and then add antihistamine tablets on top if needed.
People's response to hay fever treatment varies greatly. One antihistamine may work better for you than another. For this reason it is a good idea to try different hay fever treatments, or a new one if your existing one stops working.
How antihistamines work
Antihistamines work by blocking the inflammatory actions of histamine. They start to work within 30 minutes of being taken. The antihistamines we offer are all of the newer type, frequently called non-sedative.
Trying different tablets
Individual responses to antihistamines vary greatly. One antihistamine may work better for you than another. For this reason it may be beneficial to try a new antihistamine if an existing one stops working.
In addition to preventing the sneezing, runny nose and the sore eyes of hay fever antihistamines can also be used for allergies to house dust, pets and to prevent and treat the allergic skin reaction of hives.
Antihistamines side effects
Even with the newer antihistamines some people experience drowsiness as a side effect. Other side effects are usually not troublesome but can include headache, dry mouth, difficulty passing urine and blurred vision. For details see the patient information leaflets (links below).
Steroid sprays: Beconase & Avamys
Beconase aqueous and Avamys, contain active agents similar to hydrocortisone. These steroid sprays control hay fever symptoms by reducing inflammation of the membranes inside the nose. Not to be used at the same time (concomitantly) as Dymista nasal spray.
For further details about each spray see the links below to manufacturer's patient information leaflet.
Steroid sprays used regularly morning and night are effective in relieving the nasal symptoms of hay fever on a continuous basis. They start to work after 2-3 hours. They are therefore not for immediate relief of symptoms. Steroid sprays control symptoms only if they are used on a regular basis throughout the hay fever season. The odd spray now and then will not work. They should not be used continuously for more than 12 weeks.
Antihistamine spray: Rhinolast
Rhinolast contains the antihistamine Azelastine. Rhinolast controls hay fever by stopping histamine from being released into the membranes inside the nose. For further details about each spray see the links below to manufacturer's patient information leaflet. NOT to be used at the same time (concomitantly) as Dymista nasal spray.
Rhinolast works within a few minutes of the spray being used. Symptom relief lasts about 12 hours. If hay fever is severe or has been present for many days Rhinolast will not settle down immediately inflammation that has built up. Used regularly morning and night Rhinolast will provide continuous antihistamine action.
Steroid plus antihistamine spray: Dymista
Dymista combines two medicines in one treatment. It has a dual action. It contains a fast acting antihistamine called azelastine and a steroid called fluticasone.
Azelastine usually starts to work within 30 to 60 minutes. It takes a few days of regular use for the steroid part of the spray to reduce inflammation. Symptoms control is likely to be fast and to improve over a few days providing Dymista is used regularly.
The antihistamine effect of Dymista wears off over 12 to 24 hours and the steroid effects usually wear off over a few days after use of the spray is stopped.
- Dymista should NOT to be used with other nasal sprays for allergic rhinitis. These may contain the same or similar ingredients and you may get a double dose.
- Consult a doctor if allergic rhinitis symptoms are not controlled after using Dymista for 7 days.
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 localised soreness and dry skin inside the nose and possibly taste disturbance.
Manufacturers recommended avoiding use of these sprays in pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding and where there is known allergy or sensitivity to the ingredients.
Beconase, Avamys and Dymista contain steroids and on rare occasions could damage the retina. Any vision problems or disturbances should be reported.
How eye drops work
We supply on prescription two different types of eye drop. Sodium cromoglycate stops histamine release and Optilast blocks the inflammation caused by histamine.
One type of eye drop may work better for you than another. It can be useful to try different drops.
Eye drops are effective if used prior to dust and pollen exposure or for control of symptoms once they have started. The drops will be most effective if used regularly throughout the hay fever season, although they can be used on an as required basis.
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. This is unusual.
For further details about each product see the links below to manufacturer's product leaflets (links below).Buy treatment
Dr Fox supplies treatment for hay fever on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.
Hay fever - general information
Hay fever symptoms arise where the body is sensitive to pollen or dust. The sensitivity results in the release of histamine which in turn causes inflammation. 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.
About hay fever
The runny nose, sneezing and sore eyes of hay fever result from the release of the chemical, histamine. The histamine comes from cells that normally fight infection. In hay fever these cells become abnormally sensitised to pollen, releasing histamine and causing inflammation when pollen levels rise.
Preventing hay fever
- It is difficult to avoid pollen but it may be possible to reduce exposure.
- Stay indoors when pollen counts are high.
- Keep windows and doors closed.
- Wrap around sunglasses reduce pollen contacting the eyes.
- Shower after going outside.
- Avoid grass cutting and places where pollen counts are high.
- Vacuum regularly.
- Keep pets out of the house during the hay fever season.
For more information about hay fever see the NHS information on Hay fever.
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Dr Fox provides newer non-sedative antihistamines for hay fever which are of a different type to those that raised concern in a January 2015 US study.
- NICE, 2018, Allergic rhinitis, accessed 4 July 2019
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|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Optilast eye drops (azelastine 0.05%)||1 x 8ml bottle||£12.80|
|Optilast eye drops (azelastine 0.05%)||2 x 8ml bottle||£19.80|
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.
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.
|Order value||Prescription fee|
|up to £10||£1.00|
|up to £20||£2.00|
|up to £40||£3.00|
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The order process
Answer short medical questionnaire
Choose treatment, register, and pay
Doctor issues prescription online
Medicine posted direct from pharmacy
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