Itchy, Watery Eyes, Sneezing and Headaches… Hay Fever Strikes Again!
What is Hay Fever?
Hay Fever is an allergic reaction to pollen.
There are two types of hay fever, there is seasonal which occurs when certain plants pollinate and then there is perennial which is year-round.
The spring time is usually the worst time of year. Hay fever is worse on hot, dry and windy days as these are the days that have more pollen in the air. Seasonal hay fever is caused by types of trees, grasses and weeds.
While perennial is usually caused by other allergens such as pet dander, feathers, mold or dust mites. Often this type of allergic reaction runs in families. One in three people suffer from hay fever symptoms.
Some symptoms are very similar to having a cold. Most people suffer only seasonally from these symptoms.
Below are the symptoms and treatments for hay fever.
Hay Fever Symptoms
- Itchy Nose, Mouth, Eyes, Throat, Skin
- Problems with Smell
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
- Stuffy Nose
- Clogged Ears
- Sore Throat
- Puffiness Around Eyes
- Sinus Pressure
- Allergy Shots
- Nasal Washes
- Nasal Sprays
- Allergen Immunotherapy
- Eye Drops
It is best to try a limit or to reduce exposure. Air filters within a home can help to reduce symptoms inside the home. If it is windy outside, wearing glasses can help reduce pollen getting into your eyes and it is important to try and not rub your eyes as this will make things worse. Taking a shower before going to bed will help to reduce symptoms at night. There are dust covers for pillows and mattress that can be helpful to reduce further problems at night.
It is important to pay attention to your symptoms as a continual reoccurrence of symptoms can lead to sinusitis, which in turn can lead to the formation for nasal polyps. All of this can lead to an increased risk of asthma.
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