• SAR: Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis – more commonly called hayfever. Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis describes an inflammation or irritation of the nasal lining as part of an allergic reaction and is triggered by something ‘seasonal’ eg pollen or grass. Despite hayfever being classed as seasonal and more common in spring, pollens do continue to exist all year round although to a lesser extent.
  • PAR: Perennial Allergic Rhinitis – sometimes called year round allergies – has the same symptoms as SAR but is triggered by something that is often present all year round eg dust mites or pet dander.

Treatment of hayfever

Hayfever and year round allergies have symptoms that can usually be treated in a similar manner.

Oral non-sedating antihistamines, like Telfast, are the treatment of choice for reducing hayfever symptoms quickly because they work directly by blocking histamine – the main chemical responsible for the symptoms of hayfever. Telfast offers fast, effective relief from allergy and hayfever symptoms without causing drowsiness. For those with persistent or severe hayfever, you may be recommended a nasal steroid spray, such as Telnase, in addition to antihistamine treatment. Nasal steroid sprays will unblock and reduce nasal allergy but should not be used continuously for longer than 3-6 months.

If your symptoms are not being relieved by your current treatment, talk to your doctor or pharmacist for other options that may better suit your needs.