Binfield Surgery

Terrace Road North, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 5JG

Telephone 01344 286264

Hay Fever

Friday, 1 April 2022

We are now heading into the hay fever season and we would like to remind you of the products available for you to buy over the counter at your local pharmacy.

You all have our sympathy. Hay fever is unpleasant, although transient and not dangerous. Below is a list of the preparations available without prescription:

  • Cetirizine and Loratadine (antihistamines. Buy unbranded products – they are equivalent and much cheaper)
  • Beconase or Nasobec nasal steroid spray
  • Pirinase – non steroidal anti allergic nasal spray
  • Cromoglycate eyedrops

We regret that we have nothing to offer other than the products available without prescription. There are no treatments available on prescription that are better than those without.

You may have heard, or read on line, about immunotherapy involving injections, or the use of steroids. Neither of these are recommended. Injections have, on occasion, caused death or serious injury, and while steroids will improve symptoms, they cannot be used long term, and on stopping the symptoms may come back worse than before.