The Cure for Hayfever?

Woman sneezing with Hanky

Woman sneezing with HankyIt’s that time of year again. Like many people, even though the weather is scorching hot – I’m keeping the Windows closed in the house and when I drive the car. I’m popping tablets and stuffing decongestants up my nose. I’m sneezing and wheezing, or walking around like the Living Dead. In short, it’s Hayfever season.

Hayfever affects 20% of the population in the U.K, and I’ve suffered with it personally since I was very small. One of my earliest memories of Hayfever was as a child, gleefully rolling down a local grass hill with a friend. Trouble was, the grass was freshly cut and when I returned home covered in allergic reactions and with eyes swelled shut, my Dad thought I’d been in a car crash!

It’s affected me pretty badly this year. Over the past few weeks I’ve had a straight choice between a runny nose, sneezing and wheezing – or taking a Antihistamine tablet and being turned into a Zombie. Non-Drowsy? Yeah right!

So two new treatments that have popped up this year have intrigued me.

Medinose

The first is Medinose. It’s a small battery powered device with two prongs on a cable that you place up your nose. You then press a button and the device delivers four minutes of red light that is meant to condition your nasal membranes to inhibit the release of Histamines – which cause Hay-fever. Do you look ridiculous using it? Yes. If it works do I care? No. I’ve been using the Medinose for about a week now and have noticed an improvement in my condition. What’s more I enjoy the excuse to lie down for four minutes three times a day, shove the thing up my nose and use the time to contemplate the universe. Antihistamine Meditation you might say!

Grazax

The second treatment made the front page of The Independent newspaper today. It is called Grazax and it’s a pill developed in Denmark that is taken once per day to dissolve under the tongue. Unlike other medicines, it doesn’t treat the symptoms of Hayfever, rather it neutralises the cause – your bodies over-reaction to pollen. Clinical trials have shown it reduces symptoms by 36% in it’s second year of use. A cure for Hayfever? Possibly. The only downside is the NHS in the UK won’t take it on-board because of it’s potential cost. With over one million seriously affected Hayfever suffers in Great Britain – that’s a bill big enough to make your eyes water without needing any pollen!

Conclusion

So for the time I’ll continue to check out web-sites like Allergy UK, take advantage of Benadryl’s SMS Pollen Alerts service to warn me of impending doom, and continue to shove space age probes up my nose! 🙂

Comments

  • Richard Tubb2021-06-15 13:52:11

    Sheila -- yes, indeed! I use the NeilMed Sinus Rinse every day (even during the Winter) and it keeps my allergies (mostly!) at bay!

  • Sheila2021-06-11 21:11:27

    I notice this is an ancient conversation, yet I'm still compelled to ask - have you tried a Neti pot, Richard? I didn't have hayfever until I got into my fifties, but had been using a Neti pot for years prior to avoid or manage colds. (My Mom and sister both suffer from severe hayfever and swear by using a Neti pot.) Along with salt and xylitol, they're very effective in helping resist colds. I also used that combination in a Neti pot each time I returned home at the beginning of the COVID pandemic - before masks were recommended.

  • tubblog2011-04-25 10:15:12

    Chris (and others who have asked). I've been using the Medinose for around 4 years now, pretty consistently most every morning. Combined with cutting out Aerosol deodrants in favour of Roll-On, the Medinose has definitely reduced not only my Summer Hayfever, but also my Winter sneezing. In my case, there's no downsides to using it at all - so I'd recommend it to others!

  • Chris2007-08-21 16:10:30

    HiDoes the Medinose device work for you? how well does it work?  is it only slightly noticeable or massively?   Is it just a gimmick??I'd really appreciate  a reply as I'm a long time sufferer and desperate to get rid!ThanksChris

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