Hay Fever Symptoms and Treatment

Tens of millions of people are affected by hay fever. This is one of the most common allergic conditions. In the future, it is expected that the number of people affected by this allergy condition will increase.

Though it is called hay fever, this is not a type of a fever. Hay fever is a type of allergy triggered by pollen grains. During spring, fall or even summer, trees, grasses, etc, releases pollen into the air and it may end up in one’s nose or throat. The amount of pollen in the air depends on the time of year and the weather. Hay fever usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years. But you can get it at any age. This is more common to boys than to girls and it can be inherited. So people who suffers this kind may possibly have a family history of allergies in particular to asthma and eczema.

“When to know I am suffering hay fever?” Though symptoms may likely appear as the symptoms of common viral infections, you need to distinguish if it is leading to hay fever because risk factors and treatments are different. These are the symptoms you need to check: a runny or blocked nose, coughing, itchy or watery  and red eyes, itchy nose and throat, frequent sneezing, dark circles under the eyes, headache and loss of sense of taste and smell. Some sufferers can feel extreme drowsiness. Hay fever can seriously affect sleep patterns as well which in turn affects concentration and exam performance.  

Having hay fever is not helpful at all. Students suffer hay fever usually during exams. And they are more likely to drop a grade from January to summer. By the way, for some sufferers, they may suffer this allergy as early as January.

Allergy shots is one of the recommended treatments toward this allergy. It can help make you less sensitive to pollen and provide long-term relief. Can be treated also through antihistamines, eye drops, nasal sprays (can relieve symptoms) and tablets. Sometimes skin or blood tests are used. You can rinse out your nose but be sure to use distilled to sterilized water with saline.

For prevention, check the weather reports for the pollen count. Stay home or indoors when the count is too high. Preventing hay fever accordingly is far better.