A new treatment for patients with severe hay fever has been approved for use by the Allergy Centre.

Immunotherapy has been used for over 100 years to treat severe hay fever. This required a course of weekly and then monthly pollen injections given at the hospital over a 3-year period.

With the new hay fever tablet (called Grazax), a tablet of pollen extract taken daily simply dissolves under the tongue. This slowly alters the immune system so that it no longer reacts so strongly against grass pollen in the summer, and so hay fever symptoms are more easily controlled.

Immunotherapy is not suitable for everyone. You can read more about it on the Allergy UK website: http://www.allergyuk.org/the-management-of-allergy/immunotherapy