Pollen induced sneezing, seasonal rhinitis and sore red eyes are all familiar to hay fever suffers. Each year in the spring and summer many people dread hot sunny days and need effective hay fever treatment.
Alarming headlines in several UK newspapers and news websites this week (27 January 2015) claiming a US study concluded common hay fever tablets available over the counter raise the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
While there are significant findings in the study, the news reporting was not entirely accurate according to NHS Choices. Much of the reporting failed to highlight the study focus was on prescribed medicine for over 65s only; some brand name drugs contain different ingredients in the US to the UK; and other limitations of the study findings.
Although some of the drugs can be bought over the counter, the study only included prescribed medicines which have an anticholinergic effect, including some antihistamines, antidepressants and drugs for an overactive bladder, and concludes those over 65s taking the highest levels of anticholinergic prescribed medicines were at a higher risk of developing dementia compared with those not taking any.
Some of the medicine brands also contain different ingredients in the UK than the US: Benadryl and Piriteze do not contain ingredients identified in the study as causes of concern. Read in full
If you’re a hay fever sufferer you may have been secretly pleased with the cold spring, a welcome relief from sneezing, wheezing and red eyes. Hay fever season usually begins in March, when it can feel like Mother Nature’s got a personal grudge against you. However this year things are looking different.
Normally in spring, pollen is released by firstly the trees, grass and then other plants in a process that is spread out over the summer period. However the cold snap we experienced this year meant the plants were waiting for the weather to improve as well. As the release of pollen has been delayed forecasters are concerned that it will be delivered in a concentrated surge that is going to make for a difficult summer for those with hay fever. Read in full
Dymista is a nasal spray used to control the symptoms of hay fever and allergic rhinitis (allergic nasal inflammation). The spray treats a runny and blocked nose, sneezing and itching. Relief of symptoms usually starts within 30 minutes of using Dymista. Dymista is most effective when the spray is used regularly for at least a few days.
Ingredients and action
Dymista combines two medicines in one treatment. It is 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. Symptom control is likely to be fast and to improve over a few days, providing Dymista is used regularly. Read in full
The Dr Fox also provides information and links to reliable medical information online. The hay fever anti-histamine tablets include Cetirizine, Loratadine and Telfast the eye drops include Rapitil and Sodium Cromoglycate and Optilast and the nasal sprays are Beconnase, Avamys and Rhinolast. Read in full