Allergic rhinitis is seasonal or persistent itching, sneezing, running nose, nasal congestion, and sometimes itchy eyes, caused by exposure to pollens or other allergens.
First-line treatment is with a nasal corticosteroid (with or without an oral or a nasal antihistamine) or with an oral antihistamine plus an oral decongestant.
The specific acupuncture technique we use acts on the nerves regulating nasal mucosa and lacrimal glands. It has no systematic side effect compared to antihistamines. It also provides relief within minutes, compared to nasal steroid, which may take a few days.
In mild to moderate cases, patients may have complete resolution for the season. Patients with severe hay fever normally experience significant relief of symptoms, and the residual symptoms respond antihistamines and nasal corticosteroid much better.
Patients with moderate condition are recommended to have 4 treatments over 2 weeks. Another 2 to 4 treatments may be required in more severe cases.
Acupuncture is a well-tolerated safe treatment. The specific technique with strong stimulation may be used. Local anaesthesia can be offered, but the injection fo anaesthesia agent may cause more discomfortable compared to needling.
1st and 2nd treatment: $ 250
subsequent treatments within 3 months: $175
Medicare rebate: $107.25
Total out-of-pock cost (4 sessions): $ 421