Hayfever GP appointments, bulk-billed.
All .doctor appointments are fully bulk billed, so you can see a doctor about treating hayfever with no out-of-pocket costs.
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Hayfever overview and treatment options available.
Hayfever is a prevalent condition that affects many Australians each year, causing a range of symptoms that can significantly impact quality of life. Our doctors offer comprehensive information and guidance about hayfever, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment options
Hayfever is an allergic reaction to certain substances, typically inhaled, that occur naturally in our environment. The body’s immune system perceives these substances – known as allergens – as harmful, even though they’re not. In response, it releases chemicals such as histamine, leading to the symptoms we associate with hayfever.
Symptoms of Hayfever
The symptoms of hayfever can vary between individuals, but common signs include:
- A runny or blocked nose
- Itchy or watering eyes
- Itchy throat, mouth, nose, and ears
- Loss of smell
- Pain around your temples and forehead
These symptoms can interfere with your sleep and daily activities. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, especially if they persist for a week or more, it may be a sign of hayfever.
What Causes Hayfever?
Hayfever is typically caused by an allergic reaction to allergens, including:
- Pollen from trees, grass, and weeds
- Dust mites
- Mould spores
- Animal dander
The timing and severity of hayfever can be influenced by weather conditions and the local environment, which can affect pollen levels.
If you suspect you have hayfever, a .doctor GP can help confirm the diagnosis. This usually involves a discussion about your symptoms and medical history. We may ask about the timing of your symptoms, your lifestyle, and your home and work environment to identify potential allergens. In some cases, we might recommend a skin prick test or a blood test to confirm the allergy.
Hayfever Treatment Options
Though there’s no cure for hayfever, there are several treatment options available to manage its symptoms and improve your quality of life:
Antihistamines: These medicines can help relieve most hayfever symptoms by counteracting the effect of histamine.
Corticosteroids: Available as nasal sprays, these can help reduce inflammation and treat a runny or blocked nose.
Decongestants: These provide temporary relief for a blocked nose.
Immunotherapy: For severe hayfever that doesn’t respond to other treatments, immunotherapy can be considered. This involves exposing the body to small amounts of the allergen over time to build tolerance.
Lifestyle changes: This includes strategies like avoiding known allergens, using air filters, or wearing sunglasses to block pollen.
At .doctor, we can help develop a personalised treatment plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle.
Remember, our online GP services are bulk billed, ensuring that everyone has access to quality healthcare. If you’re suffering from hayfever, don’t hesitate to reach out to a .doctor GP today. We’re here to help you breathe easier and live better.
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More than just treatment for hayfever.
When you join the .doctor family we create a health profile for you which our GPs all refer to and update. So each time you interact with us we’ll keep a record.
This allows our GPs to give you the best advice every time – more than just treatment for hayfever.
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