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Do You suffer from Hayfever

Suffer No More! We can Help YOU!

Come into Pharmacy for Life and talk to one of our friendly pharmacists about how we can help you with your allergies and  help create an individualized Allergic Rhinitis Plan with you.

Allergic rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) affects around 20% of people (children and adults) in Australia. Despite its common name, allergic rhinitis is not caused by hay and does not result in fever. It is caused by the nose and/or eyes coming into contact with environmental allergens, such as pollens, dust mite, moulds and animal hair.

People who are sensitive to these allergens may then experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Immediate signs or symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Rubbing of the nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Congested nose
  • Snoring
  • Whilst some of these symptoms may be similar to those caused by infection (such as colds and flu), allergy symptoms tend to persist unless treated appropriately. Symptoms range from mild or moderate (does not affect day to day function) to severe (affects day to day function). Symptoms may occur in a particular season (usually due to allergies to grass, weed or tree pollens) or are persistent and present all year round (usually caused by allergies to house dust mites, moulds or animal hairs). It is important to note that allergic rhinitis is not caused by a food allergy.

Complications of allergic Rhinitis may include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Sleep disturbance
  • headaches
  • Poor Concentration
  • Recurrent ear infections in children
  • Asthma which is more difficult to control – Some people with allergic rhinitis also have asthma. Better control of their allergic rhinitis has been shown to result in better control of their asthma. Emerging evidence shows that untreated allergic rhinitis can increase the risk of asthma

Treatment Options

Seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor about medications or treatments that will relieve your symptoms. Although medications do not cure allergies, they are much more effective with fewer side effects than medications available 20 years ago. You just need to know the best way to use them, and to avoid medicines that can cause more problems than they solve, like frequent decongestant (unblocking) nose sprays or tablets.

Prevent your symptoms from even occurring!

Corticosteriod nasal sprays are the first choice treatment for moderate to severe hayfever suffers. Corticosteroids have a potent action on inflammation, and with regular use, prevent symptoms of rhinitis by reducing swelling and mucus production in the nose. Corticosteroids are more effective than oral anti-histamine medications in controlling symptoms of rhinitis. They do not however provide immediate relief from symptoms; maximum benefit comes with regular use. It can take up to 2 weeks for individuals to gain the full therapeutic benefit of treatment. Corticosteroids are safe to use long term.

 

The regular use of a non-medicated saline nasal irrigation is very beneficial for relieving nasal congestion associated with rhinitis. Saline rinses help to flush away problem allergens and irritants from within the nose, and keep the nose clear by loosening and thinning mucous. They are gentle, and soothe and moisturise inflamed nasal membranes. The use of a saline solution to clear a congested nose prior to using medicated nasal sprays, is sometimes recommended to enhance the absorption and effectiveness of medicated spray.

Come on into Pharmacy for Life to help us solve your allergy issues.

 

Dicky Beach

5/6 Beerburrum Street
Dicky Beach Qld 4551

Ph: (07) 5491 3040
Fax: (07) 5492 8530

Email:
info@dickybeachpharmacy.com.au

Trading Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5:30pm
Sat 8:30am - 12:30pm

Maroochy Waters

3/24 Denna Street
Maroochy Waters Qld 4561

Ph: (07) 5443 4777
Fax: (07) 5443 4518

Email: info@maroochywaterspharmacy.com.au

Trading Hours:
Mon-Fri 8.00am—6.00pm
Sat 8.30am—12.30pm

Wurtulla

614 Nicklin Way, Wurtulla, Qld

Ph: (07) 5493 1444
Fax: (07) 5493 1389

Email: info@wurtullapharmacy.com.au

Trading Hours:
Mon-Fri 8.00am—6.00pm
Sat 8.30am—12.30pm

Nambour Heights

123 Nambour Mapleton Rd
Nambour Qld 4560

Ph: (07) 5441 1901
Fax: (07) 5441 1447

Email:
Nambour@pharmacyforlife.com.au

Trading Hours:
Mon-Fri 8.00am—5.00pm