This year’s hay fever seasons has been particularly bad. Initial treatments remain oral medicines (anti-histamines), steroid nasal sprays and eye drops. But what is available when these treatments just don’t work? Rhinolight is gaining favour as the only non-chemical treatment available and what’s great is that it can be used in conjunction with standard hay fever treatments.
Hay fever symptoms are due to excess fluid in the facial tissues and can mimic the common cold (or covid19!) such as runny nose, or blocked, itchy nose with sneezing, and red itchy watery and even puffy eyes. This happens when your immune system overreacts to allergens in the air e.g. grass or tree pollen/dust mite droppings/mould spores in the air that are sucked into the nose on inhaling.
It has been known for decades that light has anti-inflammatory properties e.g. eczema/rashes often improve on holiday in a sunny climate and in fact light treatment to the skin is an established method for treating psoriasis and eczema.
The allergic changes occurring in the nasal lining in hay fever sufferers is similar to skin changes in eczema sufferers, so in 2001, developers started working on the concept of how to get light therapy into the nose. The result of this long research was the Rhinolight machine that shines a high-intensity light of special composition (long-wave ultraviolet A light UVA and short-wave ultraviolet B light UVB) into each nostril for 2-3 minutes every few days. The results have been impressive at ROC cli for this non-medication treatment of hay fever.
It also works for all-year-round symptoms (known as perennial rhinitis) often caused by house dust mite allergy or mould allergy, or even allergy to your pet!
ROC was the first clinic in the UK to provide this newest treatment to its patients and is being taken up by Allergists and ENT Consultants around the country over the coming years.
Yes. Allergic rhinitis should ideally be proven (e.g. by skin prick testing or IgE blood tests etc) and the causal allergen needs to be known before a treatment plan is booked, as there are different course lengths available for different types of allergy.
At ROC Clinic we can offer allergy testing as above, so if necessary, please enquire about our Allergy Consultations for more information.
Alternatively, if you have had allergy testing elsewhere, then please book in for a 30-minute appointment with Dr Harrison to discuss your symptoms, review your test results and examine your nose. She will then decide whether you are likely to benefit from Rhinolight and how many treatment sessions you may need.
Rhinolight uses a combination of visible light, UVB and UVA that directly affects the allergy cells in the nose and hence stops the allergic pathway occurring in the nose that cause symptoms.
When will I get better?
It is a painless, quick treatment and the patients’ quality of life often improves after the first two treatments. The treatment, however, does not work for everyone, but the success rate is around 90%. Most patients felt symptom clearance only when they reached sessions 6, 7 or 8 (or session 10 in severe cases).
The only common side effect is nasal dryness, but this can be treated with over-the-counter nasal lubricating drops.
If you would like to enquire about this great new treatment, please get in touch.
Will Rhinolight cure my nasal allergy symptoms?
No, there are no guarantees of success but based on the results of the many thousands of patients across Europe and Australia already treated with Rhinolight, there is every reason to be optimistic that this will be a successful strategy for your nose/sinus issues.