Hay fever symptoms

Hay fever is an allergic response from the body of sensitive individuals to pollen and other small organisms and allergens that are in the air. Millions of Americans suffer from hay fever symptoms each year. This condition involves the inflammation of the lining of the nose and throat of the person who is allergic to pollens and other small organisms in the air. It is not uncommon for some people to be allergic to grass also. Hay fever commonly appears during the late teen years. However, some younger individuals may also suffer from hay fever symptoms.

Pollen is present in the air most of the time but it can not be seen. Flowering trees and grasses, molds and other allergens are at their highest levels during the spring and fall. These seasons have higher levels of pollen and other allergens in the air than other seasons do. This is why some individuals can suffer more from hay fever symptoms at certain times of the year more often than they do at other times. During hay fever season the allergens and bee pollens rise to such high levels that people who are allergic to them can suffer hay fever symptoms and some symptoms may be more severe in certain people and not at all in others. The severity of the hay fever symptoms can vary among individuals who are allergic to the pollens and other allergens.

People who are highly allergic to pollen and other small organisms in the air like pet dander, mold spores, dust mites and bird dust can suffer from hay fever symptoms all year. Some people are allergic to bird feathers and can experience hay fever symptoms when exposed to feathers. Other people will only experience hay fever symptoms during the spring and fall. Some people can be allergic to a number of different organisms in the air. Hay fever symptoms include headache, sneezing, runny nose, itchy and water eyes. Some people become congested their eyes can burn.

Coughing, wheezing and difficulty in breathing are also common hay fever symptoms. Many times people will have hay fever and asthma at the same time. If you suffer from severe hay fever and asthma you should be under the care of a doctor. An asthma attack can be triggered by hay fever symptoms. Your medical doctor can prescribe the proper treatment and medications for your condition.

Usually people will try to stay indoors when they begin to experience hay fever symptoms. Nowadays, new technologies have made it possible for people with hay fever to live a more normal life. Over the counter anti-histamines, eye drops and nasal sprays have been developed that allow the person with hay fever to be able to relieve their severe hay fever symptoms. The type of product used depends on what the hay fever symptoms are. Corticosteroids and decongestants are also used in some instances.

Some people do not feel comfortable with using over the counter medications to relieve their symptoms of hay fever. These individuals can turn to all natural herbs to help relieve their symptoms of runny nose, watery, burning or itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing etc. People can also take certain supplements to relieve their symptoms. Air purifiers are also fast becoming popular with people who suffer severe allergies and hay fever symptoms.

If you are experiencing hay fever symptoms you can ask your general practitioner to refer you to an allergist who can give you the best possible plan to treat your hay fever symptoms. The severity of your symptoms will help determine your best plan of action to treat your hay fever effectively so you can live a more normal life during the times of the year when pollens and other small organisms in the air are at the highest levels.

Last updated on Dec 9th, 2009 and filed under Immune System. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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