Last updated February 2022
Hay fever is a very common condition which affects around 18% of the Australian population. Symptoms range from mild, moderate to severe. Some of the typical symptoms experienced by patients are runny or congested nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, headaches and daytime tiredness. Many patients are left taking daily tablets and using nasal sprays with little relief.
Botulinum toxin, which is commonly known for relaxing muscles of facial expression, is increasingly being used to treat hay fever symptoms with great success. Over the last decade, research has demonstrated that botulinum toxin is a safe and effective treatment option for hay fever sufferers in whom other therapies have failed or those patients who do not wish to take daily medication.
What is botulinum toxin hay fever treatment?
Hay fever can be relieved with the use of botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin, most commonly known as an injectable product for relaxing facial muscles, is applied topically in the nasal passage to prevent the triggering of hay fever symptoms.
How does botulinum toxin treat hay fever symptoms?
The botulinum toxin works by blocking the conduction of nerve signals in the nasal passage which triggers the onset of hay fever symptoms.
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
The most common symptoms of hay fever sufferers are nasal symptoms such as congestion, runny nose or blocked nose, sneezing, nasal itching, sinus pain or discomfort and loss of smell. Eye itching, eye redness, eye watering, headaches and even daytime lethargy are common symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
What are the benefits of botulinum toxin hay fever treatment over other hay fever treatments?
Most hay fever sufferers will take hay fever medication daily, especially during the spring and summer months when airborne grass pollens are most prevalent. Windy days can also circulate a large amount of pollen, increasing the symptoms for allergic rhinitis sufferers on those days. Botulinum toxin treatments are a great alternative, they provide long-term relief without the need to take a daily tablet and have no reported side effects.
Who is a suitable candidate for botulinum toxin hay fever treatment?
Botulinum toxin hay fever treatment suits patients who want a longer-term solution to their hay fever symptoms. Some patients may opt to have treatment with botulinum toxin to avoid side effects they may be experiencing from oral medication and nasal sprays. Botulinum toxin treatments are also suitable for those who have not achieved satisfactory relief from allergic rhinitis symptoms with the other available treatment options.
How do I prepare for botulinum toxin hay fever treatment?
For optimal results we recommend performing a FESS® nasal & sinus wash gentle strength 1 hour prior to your treatment appointment. These can be purchased from most pharmacies. Performing the nasal rinse prior to treatment allows the botulinum toxin to have better contact with the nasal passage, and in turn, allows more of the product to reach and target the nerves that trigger your hay fever symptoms. Do not use any nasal sprays for 24hours prior to the procedure.
What is the treatment process like?
The process is very quick and without any discomfort. The product is sprayed into each nostril using an atomiser designed specifically for the nasal passage. No needles or injections are required.
What is the aftercare process of botulinum toxin?
No nose blowing, using nasal sprays and vigorous exercise for 4 hours following the treatment.
What is the recovery process like?
There is no recovery time required with this treatment and you can resume normal activities immediately following treatment (keeping in mind the aftercare process).
When will I see results from treatment?
The onset of results will vary from patient to patient due to severity of symptoms, the dose used and individual patient factors. Generally, we have found that patients begin to notice relief from their allergy symptoms one to two weeks following treatment.
Are the results permanent?
Results from botulinum toxin hay fever treatment are not permanent. Some patients that experience seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) only require this treatment at the beginning of the hay fever season to relieve symptoms. However, patients who experience symptoms all year round opt to have treatment every 4 to 8 weeks. Treatment frequency can vary depending on how severe your symptoms are and how severe the current hay fever season is.
Are there any side effects of botulinum toxin hay fever treatments?
No side effects have been reported after this treatment.
Is there any downtime involved?
Botulinum toxin hay fever treatment performed at Victorian Cosmetic Institute does not have any downtime following treatment.
Is hay fever treatment with botulinum toxin painful?
The treatment is not painful or uncomfortable. The botulinum toxin is sprayed into each nostril using an atomizer and no injections are required.
How much does hay fever treatment cost?
The cost of botulinum toxin hay fever treatment can vary depending on the dosage required, and this is often determined by the severity of your symptoms. Costs will be discussed in your consultation appointment.
How many treatments will I need?
Often patients opt to have one treatment at the commencement of hay fever season. Some patients will have a repeat treatment after 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the severity of the hay fever season and their symptoms.
Why should I choose the Victorian Cosmetic Institute as my provider?
Our dedicated team of cosmetic doctors allow you ample time to communicate your goals to us and use our expertise to help you achieve your desired outcome. It is paramount that our patients have a good relationship with their practitioner and the experience you have with us is also important. We offer various ways to help alleviate any discomfort or anxiety from the procedure.
Simply contact us for your initial consultation, where we will discuss with you what is a realistic and achievable outcome, and what to expect from your treatment.
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