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Hay Fever

 

Overview

Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) is caused by allergic reactions to airborne substances such as pollen or spores. These enter the upper respiratory passages leading to irritation and inflammation. The nose, throat and eyes are affected. Hay Fever is a common condition, affecting 20% of the population in the UK alone.

 

Causes

Most commonly, hay fever is caused because of pollen and spores in the air. Trees and grasses generally pollinate in Spring and Summer. These seasonal changes cause hay fever in people who show allergic reactions to these air borne substances.

 

Symptoms

Usual symptoms of hay fever can include a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchiness of the nose and/or eye and an increased tear production in the eyes. Some people find it difficult to concentrate when they are suffering from allergic rhinitis. Loss of sense of smell or taste may occur  occasionally in a few people. If a person is severely affected nose bleeding may also occur. Other probable symptoms can be redness of the eyes, fatigue and a sensation of blocked ears.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will note the medical history of the patient including the allergies and the symptoms associated with it. Family history will also be taken into consideration while making a diagnosis. Allergy testing can be conducted as it can be very easy to pinpoint the exact cause of the allergic reaction making it simpler for the doctor to evaluate the condition.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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