I am now 1 year into a 3 year immunology desensitisation programme for the relief of the dreaded hayfever. I have suffered with hayfever all my life but controlled it with steroid injections and oral steroid medication. When my GP became reluctant to continue prescribing steroids due to their long-term side effects, we had to find an alternative, so immunology it is. Every few weeks I am injected with a controlled dose of slow-release pollen with the objective that my body learns to fight the enemy and gradually builds up immunity.
I have to say that having hayfever injections when there is 6″ of snow on the ground or when it is pouring with rain is a bit weird, but if it works I don’t care. I wouldn’t normally blog about this topic but recently I came across some fabulous photographs of my dreaded enemy, pollen, and they are just too spectacular not to share.
If you suffer with hayfever and none of the over-the-counter or prescription medicines work, ask your GP if immunology is suitable and available for you. It may save you months of misery and enable you to join in the summer fun instead of sitting indoors with the windows and doors closed.
Desensitisation is also available for those with wasp and bee sting allergies.
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