Rhinolight – The Latest Treatment For Hay Fever And Allergic Rhinitis now available at ROC

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Hay fever can be either perennial (all year round) or seasonal (namely spring/summer) and can have a significant impact on children and adults leading to missed exams, absent work days and generally poor performance.

Symptoms are due to excess fluid in the facial tissues and similar to a common cold such as runny or blocked, itchy nose with sneezing, and red itchy watery and even puffy eyes. This happens when your immune system overreacts to allergens e.g. pollen/dust mite droppings/mould spores in the air that are sucked into the nose on inhaling.

What is Rhinolight?

It has been known for decades that light has anti-inflammatory properties e.g. Eczema/rashes in general often improve on holiday in a sunny climate and in fact light treatment is a very successful 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 into each nostril for 2-3 minutes every few days; the results have been impressive for this non-medication treatment of hay fever.

ROC is the first clinic in the UK to provide this latest treatment to its patients. Although this treatment has been used worldwide, the closest clinic to ours to provide this treatment is based in Dublin, Ireland!

Do I need any tests before treatment with Rhinolight?

Yes, you do.

Allergic rhinitis must be proven (e.g. by skin prick testing or blood tests etc) and the causal allergen needs to be known before a treatment plan is booked, as there are different courses available for different types of allergy, and Rhinolight will not work for patients with non-allergic rhinitis.

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 to discuss your symptoms, review your test results and examine your nose. We will then decide whether you are likely to benefit from Rhinolight and how many treatment sessions you may need.

How is treatment delivered?

  • For seasonal rhinitis (only in the spring/summer months) the suggested treatment protocol is 6 sessions of up to 3 minutes per nostril over a 2-week period.
  • For all-year-round rhinitis (rhinitis that persists throughout the year) the suggested treatment protocol is 3 sessions of up to 3 minutes treatment per nostril in the first week, then once weekly sessions for the next 5 weeks, to complete a 6-week course.

When will I get better?

Rhinolight treatment can also be used in conjunction with typical hay fever treatments such as antihistamines or nasal steroid sprays etc.

It is a painless, quick treatment and the patients’ quality of life sometimes improves after just one or 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).

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 already treated with U/V phototherapy there is every reason to be optimistic that this will be a successful strategy for your nose/sinus issues.

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