Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common disease world wide affecting 10-25% of the population and its prevalence is increasing. Hay fever caused by grass and tree pollen is the most common allergy that people experience.
Allergies to grass and tree pollen may now be cured by giving sublingual immunotherapy called GRAZAX. Grazax is taken as a tablet which dissolves under the tongue. In clinical trials, Grazax has been shown to produce a statistically significant reduction in symptoms compared to placebo.
This article on hayfever and hayfever treatment is written by Jaan Panesar, GMC Registered Specialist and ENT consultant surgeon at the Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust.
Allergic rhinitis is defined as inflammation of the nose specifically caused by allergen exposure. Some of the specific allergies that cause inflammation inside the nose are house dust, air pollution, smoke, and grass and tree pollen. The allergens cause a change in the immune response of the nose and lungs by affecting the immunoglobulin called IgE. It is this IgE mediated response that causes nasal stuffiness, runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes.
To find out more about hay fever and GRAZAX first find out if you suffer from allergic rhinitis.