Kenalog is a common hay fever injection that promises to manage severe hay fever symptoms. Kenalog contains a steroid called triamcinolone acetonide and is injected into a large muscle in the body.
Once injected it slowly distributes from the muscle for three to eight weeks, and travels through the body, offering relief from hay fever symptoms.
Whether or not you’re eligible for the injection depends on the severity of your symptoms, For example, your symptoms must be affecting your quality of life or exacerbating other medical conditions, such as asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder.
The steroid used in Kenalog temporarily suppresses the immune system. In order to stop the symptoms of hay fever, Kenalog suppresses the body's immune system to histamines – which essentially act like bouncers at a nightclub and help your body get rid of irritants.
For three weeks after having the injection your immune system is suppressed, which means you are seriously at risk of infections like chicken pox and measles.
Other side effects of the hay fever injection Kenalog can include:
- Joint pain
- Low mood
- Irregular heartbeat
- Bone pain