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When to see a GP for hayfever

Hayfever is not a minor ailment, and it may be useful to ask your GP for help if your symptoms persist or if you also have asthma.

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Are you one of the many Australians who underestimate the severe impact hayfever can have on your day-to-day activities and overall wellbeing?

It’s important to know that hayfever is not a minor ailment. In fact, the majority of Australian sufferers have symptoms that affect their everyday life.1

You may want to see a GP if your symptoms are ongoing or have a negative impact on your day-to-day life, such as your ability to do your best at work or school, your enjoyment of sport or your ability to have a good night’s sleep.

Another reason to see your GP is if you have another condition such as asthma, nasal polyps or frequent sinus infections.

What to expect when you see a GP

Your GP will give you a physical examination and ask you questions to confirm that your symptoms are caused by hayfever.

The GP will be interested in how your symptoms affect your day-to-day life, how often you have them and whether they usually occur outdoors or indoors. You can also expect questions about allergy-related conditions such as eczema, hives and asthma.

If your GP diagnoses you with hayfever, they will help you figure out what triggers your hayfever, how severe it is and what the best treatment is for you.

Your GP may also give you advice about avoiding your triggers (allergens) and demonstrate how to use a nasal spray if one is prescribed.

What about asthma?

Untreated hayfever can lead to asthma symptoms, so speak to your GP if you have been diagnosed with asthma and you are also experiencing hayfever symptoms.

Do you need to see a specialist?

GPs have expert knowledge about the causes and treatments of hay fever. In most cases, they will prescribe an effective treatment for you and will give you useful advice about avoiding your triggers.

However, your GP will guide you and refer you to a specialist if they feel you need further testing or other forms of treatment to manage your hayfever.

Reference

  1. 1. Tan R, Cvetkovski B, Kritikos V et al. The Burden of Rhinitis and the Impact of Medication Management within the Community Pharmacy Setting [Internet]. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2018 [cited 2019 Aug 5]; Sep - Oct;6(5):1717-1725.
    Available from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213219818300552.

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