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Kenalog - Hay-fever injections

Hay fever is caused by the immune system reacting unnecessarily to pollens. The immune system is such an important part of your body that it will preferentially use up a lot of your energy uselessly ‘fighting off’ pollens which it interprets as attacking the body, energy that would be much better utilized elsewhere in life. Trees can begin to produce pollen in late January and some grasses continue producing pollen until September so depending on what a person is allergic to; the season can be many months.  


Steroids are powerful medications designed to reduce the body’s inflammatory and allergic responses. An injection of Kenalog 40mg is approximately equivalent to the effects a person would get from taking a 5mg tablet of Prednisolone every day for about 3 weeks. Kenalog injections, like all steroids can cause unwanted side-effects, although these are rare at the dose levels of Kenalog administered.  unique issue with a Kenalog injection that differentiates it from oral steroids is that once the injection is administered the effects last for at least 3 weeks. 


All patients should be assessed prior to performing any procedure to ensure that they are a suitable candidate for the procedure in question. A full medical history should be undertaken during the consultation. This includes risk, benefits, alternative options including no treatment. 

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