Health & Wellbeing

‘Haytox’, the new answer to hay fever symptoms

Symptom-free without the need for antihistamines.
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The excitement of changing seasons is often dulled for hay fever sufferers. Otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, it is recognisable for producing symptoms of itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, and a scratchy throat.

While environmental allergens seem to exist at an increase during the transitional periods of the year, it comes as no surprise that feelings of frustration emerge when one’s sinuses are in a constant state of irritation.

WATCH: Six tips to ease hay fever symptoms. Article continues after video.

While antihistamines are a standard resort for those with hay fever, the common treatment is just not enough for some.

Thus, at the mention of ‘haytox’, an all-new treatment aimed to relieve hay fever symptoms for up to one year (sans medication), we thought it was too good to be true. Cosmetic nurse, clinical trainer, and founder of Angel Aesthetics Clinic Sylvia Crouch, however, says it’s anything but.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, hay fever affects nearly 1 in 5 Australians. With such a large group of people impacted, it’s unsurprising that a symptom-specific procedure is in high demand.

New Idea spoke to Sylvia to investigate the buzz-worthy new treatment.

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Hay fever wreaks havoc on the sinuses – year ’round! (Credit: Getty)

The name ‘haytox’ resembles the title of a widely-known anti-wrinkle injection. The reason being? Because it uses the same technology. Known under it’s b-starting brand name, ‘anti-wrinkle’ treatments refer to neuromodulators.

“Neuromodulators like the anti wrinkle toxin are typically used to relax muscles in the face, neck, and other areas of the body to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and muscle spasms,” Sylvia said.

On the other hand, ‘haytox’ “targets the muscles and nerves in the sinuses to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.”

Additionally, unlike the neuromodulators’ traditional use, Sylvia explained that ‘haytox’ is administered via a spray and is “quick and pain free.”

As for how it works, “Haytox works by blocking the receptors in your nasal cavity, your nasal cavity receptors are very tiny (there are about 10 million of them). The treatment uses a special application technique on the lining membranes of the nasal cavity,” Sylvia said.

“Botulinum toxin works by relaxing the muscles and reducing inflammation in the sinuses, which can help to alleviate symptoms,” she explained further.

The non-invasive treatment is sprayed into the nasal cavity for topical absorption.

“Australian medical researchers have proven that this treatment can block neural transmission at the specialised [allergy] nerve endings, present in the lining membranes of the nasal cavity,” the clinic founder continued.

 

WATCH: Peter Andre mocks wife’s hay fever allergies. Article continues after video.

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When asked about the treatment process itself, Sylvia broke it down by explaining; “As with all our appointments, we start with a full consultation and get the client to blow their nose a few times. We ask if they would prefer to be administered or to spray the nasal cavity themself. We also talk about how to hold the Haytox with a specific sniff technique! We then explain how long before seeing results.”

The results in question? While they can take up to two weeks to kick in “the treatment itself can last up to one year,” she said.

Price wise, Angel Aesthetics offer Haytox treatment from $299 in their Brisbane and Gold Coast clinics. Prices will vary when visiting other practitioners. 

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