Hay Fever

The information that you provide is covered by the same patient-doctor confidentiality as in a normal face to face consultation.

What is Hay Fever?

Hay Fever, or allergic rhinitis, is a very common allergic reaction to pollen or other allergens such as dust mites, animal dander (hair/fur) or mould. This occurs when the allergen is inhaled and the person's immune system is sensitized.

What are the symptoms of Hay Fever?

Symptoms generally include sneezing, runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes or a tickly throat.

How is Hay Fever treated?

Mild symptoms can be improved through over the counter medication or avoiding exposure to pollen. For more severe symptoms, there are prescription medication alternatives.

To get medically treated for Hay Fever, simply fill out the following short questionnaire. One of our doctors will review and, if medically suitable, they will send you a prescription to treat your Hay Fever.

Please note that some medications used to treat Hay Fever may cause drowsiness and this medication may affect the performance of skilled tasks such as driving or cycling. It should be avoided in those operating heavy machinery.

You may be unsuitable for this medication if you have a past history of liver disease, kidney disease, urinary retention or if you have ever had an adverse reaction to antihistamines.

You should not take some of these medications if you are pregnant. Some should also be avoided in breastfeeding mothers.

How the service works

  • Online consultations with Irish based doctors
  • Our doctors issue a prescription if medically safe and suitable
  • Valid in any Irish pharmacy to buy your medication
  • Prescription sent to your chosen pharmacy via secure email (Healthmail) within minutes of approval

Note: We can only ever prescribe for this treatment for patients that are at least 17 years of age.

The service is provided in accordance with your scheme rules and table of benefits, which you can find on Member Area on layahealthcare.ie or by calling 021 202 2000.